Can a vegetarian diet cure Chron’s disease?

Can a vegetarian diet cure Chron’s disease?

A clinical case published in the Nutrients journal went around the world.

We read the story of a patient suffering from Chron’s disease, resistant to drug treatment, who would have recovered from the disease with a natural vegetarian diet, i.e. without any industrially processed product, observed for only 40 days.


As you know, Chron’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, which is usually diagnosed in adulthood.

Together with ulcerative colitis, Chron’s disease is the most famous chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): both are increasing compared to the past, especially in industrialized countries.

In the case study presented by a team of doctors from Washington, first all the studies are listed that show a link between the consumption of industrial foods and the massive consumption of foods of animal origin with Chron’s disease.
As well as all the cases of remission demonstrated so far with a vegetarian diet and without any type of industrial food.
This is because some additives, emulsifiers and artificial flavors are linked to the risk of increasing dangerous bacteria such as E. Coli and in general to an inflammation of the intestinal villi and mucosa.


The study then addresses the case of a 24-year-old patient who was hospitalized in 2014, where doctors diagnosed him with Chron’s disease in a moderate form.

Pharmacological treatment based on infliximab, which, however, after the first improvements did not lead to a reduction in symptoms.

The patient would thus have decided to change his diet, and in March 2017, for 40 days he followed a 100% natural diet, consisting of fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, grains only, but no food of animal origin. , first followed for religious reasons.

Noticing an improvement in symptoms, the patient continued the diet, taking only one meal of meat or fish per week.

He would then try yoga, light running, and weights to reduce stress. In September of the same year, doctors verified a total remission of the disease, and tests showed a healthy intestinal mucosa.

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