Case Series: Plant-Based Diet Resolves Autoimmune Disease SLE…

According to a recent case series report, three women with the autoimmune conditions systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and Sjgrens syndrome saw their symptoms ease after starting a diet rich in raw, plant-based foods.

The diet included mainly green leafy vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, flax or chia seeds as a source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and water.

The dramatic improvements in symptoms and quality of life reported by the three patients in this case series demonstrate what I see every day in my practice, that autoimmune diseases can improve rapidly with optimal nutrition, said Brooke Goldner, MD, of the authors of the study. in a press release.

The case series report, Case series: raw, whole, plant-based nutrition protocol rapidly reverses symptoms in three women with systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjgrens syndromewas published in Frontiers in nutrition.

SLE is the most common type of lupus, which involves an abnormal immune system response directed against healthy tissues. It can affect any part of the body, resulting in a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain, skin problems and hair loss.

A growing body of evidence has shown that adherence to plant-based diets could protect against autoimmune diseases and alleviate symptoms associated with autoimmunity. However, clinical care and research have lacked its effectiveness in the treatment and management of autoimmune diseases, Goldner said.

Here, researchers detailed the cases of three women with SLE and Sjgrens syndrome who adopted a diet rich in raw, plant-based foods to alleviate symptoms of autoimmunity. Sjgren’s is an autoimmune disorder marked by damage to the moisture-producing glands, causing dry eyes and mouth. It is estimated to affect between 6 and 19% of SLE patients.

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The women adopted a plant-based nutrition protocol that eliminated all processed foods, called the Rapid Recovery Protocol (RRP), which was developed by Goldner. It focuses primarily on consuming raw foods, especially green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ground flax or chia seeds), and water.

Fruit intake should not exceed 25% of total food intake, and vitamin B12 and vitamin D supplementation is recommended. After symptom remission, patients were able to switch to a maintenance diet that incorporated some cooked whole plant foods as well as more fruits, nuts and seeds. After six months, processed vegan foods, foods with sugar or oil, and alcohol were allowed once or twice a week.

All of the women reported that almost all of their symptoms resolved after four weeks of making the dietary changes. Since then, they have remained symptom-free, with two reporting no symptoms for more than six years without recent medication use.

Goldner, a lupus patient, has also been free of joint pain and inflammation, sunlight sensitivity and kidney dysfunction for more than 18 years, which she attributes to the protocol.

A 40-year-old woman was diagnosed with lupus and Sjgren’s while pregnant in 2013. She had fatigue, extreme sensitivity to sunlight, debilitating pain in her legs, and dry skin, eyes, and mouth. Most of her symptoms resolved within four weeks of starting the diet, and her skin problems resolved after three months, she said.

The most exciting thing for me was when I realized that being in direct sunlight didn’t hurt my skin, she said. I will never forget the feeling of going to the beach [two] months after giving birth and enjoying the feeling of the warmth of the sun on my face and body. Before that, being in direct sunlight would physically hurt my skin. Now I can enjoy it! I remember realizing that the possibilities were endless with what I could do for myself and what I could do with my family now that I was healthy.

Another patient, a 54-year-old woman, had sensitivity to sunlight, a butterfly rash on the cheeks and nose, itchy scalp, fatigue, and dry mouth and eyes. She also had brain fog, a feeling of being mentally exhausted and unable to concentrate, and was frequently hospitalized due to inflammation of the pleura, the tissue that separates the lungs from the chest wall.

After adhering to the diet protocol, most of her symptoms resolved within 14 days. The inflammation and dryness of her eyes subsided over several months.

I can walk everywhere. I can play with my children. I can remember things and I don’t have to write everything down. I can write, I can text, and I don’t take any painkillers anymore, she said.

The third woman was a 45-year-old mother of four who had flu-like symptoms, migraines, debilitating fatigue, nerve pain, eye pain, dry mouth and skin sensitivity to sunlight. Many of her symptoms disappeared within weeks of starting the diet.

I was able to stay up late, he said. I wasn’t tired anymore. My skin and joint pain disappeared. I no longer felt nauseous.

Goldner said he hopes the cases will help “patients and doctors learn about food as medicine as a treatment option for systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjgrens syndrome.” He said the cases show more research is needed to change diet to treat autoimmune diseases.

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