Can eating a veggie diet help RA symptoms?
Posted by wendypc at 01/06/2012
Hi! I'm a new vegetarian & Happy Cow member who has mild to moderate Rheumatoid Arthritis. Has anyone experienced (or heard of) any positive effects of a vegetarian/vegan diet on RA/RA symptoms? Thanks!
I have severe RA (and have for many years, about 15) and have recently become vegan. I've tried many diets over the course of my RA and some seem to have helped a bit (Raw was great but quite difficult to maintain) and not-at-all (macrobiotic).
There is much written about nightshade foods affecting arthritis (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant) but I personally haven't noticed any difference. Eating vegan has made me feel better over all (digestion, sleep, inner peace ;) but I still have my pain and stiffness and other soreness that comes from having the disease. Good luck to you in finding something that works, I hope it helps you, eating vegetarian certainly helps the planet and our animal friends..Best, Teresita
Thanks so much for your response! I had the same experience as you did with the nightshade foods; I didn't notice any difference in the way I felt when I avoided them. I've only been eating vegetarian (and trying to avoid as much dairy as possible) for a short time, and overall I feel quite a bit better already. :) Have you ever tried practicing yoga? I recently began to practice, and it makes me feel a lot better (physically & spiritually). Good luck to you, too, in finding relief from your RA symptoms.
Veggie Mama03/22/2012 15:02:43
Wow, that's amazing how much your health improved by exercising and changing your diet like you did. Congrats & continued good health to you! Thanks so much for the great info!