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  2. Jul 21, 2023

Plant-Based Diets Improve Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

The Plants for Joints randomized control trial found that individuals who followed a 16-week lifestyle program based on a whole food, plant-based diet, physical activity, and stress management were found to have improved symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, compared to those in the control group. The intervention group also had greater weight loss and greater improvements in cholesterol.1 Previously, a low-fat vegan diet has been shown to reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and markers of inflammation.2,3 


  1. Walrabenstein W, Wagenaar CA, van der Leeden M, et al. A multidisciplinary lifestyle program for rheumatoid arthritis: the "Plants for Joints" randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2023;00:1–9. doi:10.1093/rheumatology/keac693
  2. McDougall J, Bruce B, Spiller G, Westerdahl J, McDougall M. Effects of a very low-fat, vegan diet in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis. J Altern Complement Med. 2002;8(1):71-75. doi:10.1089/107555302753507195
  3. Barnard N, Levin S, Crosby L, Flores R, Holubkov R, Kahleova H. A randomized, crossover trial of a nutritional intervention for rheumatoid arthritis. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2022;0(0). doi:10.1177/15598276221081819

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