Plant based diet and allergies
Published May 28, 2020, 1:39 p.m. by Jagdeep singh
Have you experienced an allergic
reaction while on a vegan diet? How did it compared to not eating vegan?
Have you noticed any difference?
Allergies have been increasing in
prevalence in the general population over the past 20 years, the cause
of which has been a subject of great debate. Let’s take a closer look at
what science we have:
A paper published in the Journal of
The American Medical Association in 1966 described how the removal of
dairy products from the diets led to improvements in recurrent
congestion and bronchitis.
“We have recently encountered four
children whose predisposition to recurrent respiratory tract infections
was relieved by the simple expedient of excluding cow’s milk and dairy
products from their diets; each child had one parent with analogous if
not identical symptoms, who likewise was completely cured when cow’s
milk and dairy products were excluded from his or her diet. We think
that this syndrome represents a relatively common problem, which is not
usually recognized as such.”
Further studies analysed more directly
the question of diet and allergies. A recent study on mice shows that a
high-fiber diet created significant differences among gut bacteria,
immune system cells, and allergic reactions to food compared to a
Consuming lots of fiber keeps healthy
bacteria in the gut happy, which helps keep the lining of the gut
healthy, which in turn may lower the risk of allergic reactions.
Allergic diseases are characterized by inflammation. Antioxidant compounds combat inflammation.
Growing evidence shows that diets high
in antioxidants (fruits, nuts, and vegetables) contribute in reducing
symptoms of the allergic diseases of rhinitis, asthma, and eczema, as
well as strengthen the immune system and improve overall health.
Most plant based doctors encourage
patients to consume more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds; and
eliminate animal products, especially dairy, in order to improve their
allergic symptoms. Dairy is mucus forming and is known to promote inflammation throughout the body.