USA – Eating plant-based foods helps reduce the severe pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study.

In a study by America’s Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine – published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition – adopting a plant-based diet was shown to reduce inflammation and symptoms of RA.

“A plant-based diet comprised of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes may be tremendously helpful for those with rheumatoid arthritis,” explained study co-author Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD, director of clinical research for the Physicians Committee. “This study offers hope that with a simple menu change, joint pain, swelling, and other painful symptoms may improve or even disappear.”

Along with reducing inflammation and swelling the team found evidence that it is also linked to lowering BMI, with studies revealing increased weight as risk factor in developing RA.

A plant-based diet has also been associated with preventing – and even reversing – heart problems.