Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel condition that can be incredibly painful, can go into complete remission under a plant-based diet, at least according to the results of a recently published case study. The case study involved a man in his late 20s who suffered from Crohn's disease before switching to a plant-based diet free of processed foods, after which the disease went into remission and the cure was tried.
The results were recently published in the journal Nutrients, where the researchers explain that more than a year of intravenous treatment was not able to refer this man's condition to remission. However, positive changes occurred when the unidentified patient switched to a plant-based diet over a period of 40 days of religious observation.
During that time, the patient's symptoms, including severe abdominal pain and fatigue, completely disappeared. Due to this change, the patient decided to continue with the herbal diet, which is described in the study as completely devoid of animal products as well as processed foods.
The diet included vegetables (beans, lentils, peas, etc.), fruits, vegetables and whole grains. According to the researchers, the patient's Crohn's disease went into complete remission during this time and the tests found "complete cure of the mucosa." The unidentified man was able to stop taking his medication and had no relapse during the diet.
The precise reasons for remission in a plant-based diet remain unclear, but researchers point out that increased fiber intake – which promotes beneficial gut bacteria – can be a contributing factor. Previous research has found that processed foods and meats, particularly red meat, have an inflammatory effect on the body, which can exacerbate the inflammatory condition.