Re: Does a "plant based" diet really curb inflammation?
In my case, I think it may. But, it probably depends on the person. Last fall, I received a confirmed diagnosis of OA, with suspected RA. A blood test in June confirmed RA as well. I have visible inflammation. Yet, my inflammatory markers measure very low. Whether this is related to my diet and supplements, I have no idea.
As soon as I experienced the sudden-onset extreme joint pain and stiffness last fall, I put myself on an anti-inflammatory diet and supplements. My diet was primarily fruits and vegetables, although I did eat small amounts of dairy (yogurt, eggs, low-lactose cheese, etc.) and fish. Then, barbeque season came, and each time I ate an occasional meal including poultry, my discomfort and joint stiffness increased dramatically (to the point the joints in my hands were locking -- a panic-inducing sensation). At the same time, the function of my hands worsened every week. Needless to say, I went back to the nearly vegetarian diet -- even more restrictive this time. This is the only thing I could find that lessened my symptoms while waiting a month to see my doctor. I've also eliminated gluten entirely due to gluten intolerance. I'm not officially celiac (haven't had a biopsy done), but I've read that many RA patients do better on a gluten-free diet.
So, give the vegetarian diet a try. If it helps, great. If it doesn't, being able to eat a less restrictive diet also can be interpreted as a positive outcome. Good luck investigating this option.