Approximately 1 in 50 Americans have fibromyalgia, according to My Fibro. That amounts to a staggering 3-6 million people suffering from the disease. Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a new study suggests that a raw vegetarian diet may help those with the condition.
Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition. Even though a large number of people have the disease, it is often misdiagnosed. Until recently, some doctors didn’t even believe it existed and sufferers were often accused of being hypochondriacs or just trying to get attention. Sometimes it was misdiagnosed depending on what symptoms the patients sought treatment for.
There is an extensive list of symptoms and not every person with fibromyalgia will have the same symptoms. The most commonly reported symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Morning stiffness
- Numbness and/or tingling in the hands, arms, feet and legs
- Difficulty concentrating and problems remembering things
- Problems sleeping
In a study, 30 participants switched to a mostly raw vegetarian diet that included raw fruits, vegetables, some grains, tubers, nuts and seeds. The patients were also given carrot juice and dehydrated barley grass juice. After two months, most of the participants reported a substantial decrease in pain. There were also great improvements in shoulder pain, both while resting and after motion. The most interesting result was the result after several months:
“At 7 months responders’ SF-36 scores for all scales except bodily pain were no longer statistically different from norms for women ages 45–54.”
The study concluded that a mostly raw vegetarian diet greatly helps reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Even though there were only 30 participants, this is something you should ask your doctor about if you have the condition.