These are the highlights of the recent randomized clinical trial done in NYU Langone Health, presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) and reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The purpose of this eight-week study was to evaluate the effect of the vegan diet versus AHA diet on the inflammatory markers in patients with coronary artery disease.
One hundred participants received a two-month supply of food and assessments by dietitians and doctors. The inflammatory marker highly sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and serum lipid profiles were measured.
Researchers concluded that a plant-based diet reduced systemic inflammation and improved serum lipids better than the AHA diet. The scientists recommended a follow-up with a larger trial.
An update with more details will be posted once this study becomes available in the PubMed or other scientific databases. Stay tuned!
Clinical Trials. (2017). Vegan versus AHA diet effect on inflammation and glucometabolic profile in patients with CAD (coronary artery disease). Retrieved from https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02135939
Lagnado, L. (December 5, 2017). Is being vegan good for your heart? The Wall Street Journal. Health. Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-a-vegan-diet-good-for-your-heart-1512491418
New York University. (2017).Langone Health. Education and research. https://med.nyu.edu/
New York University. (2017). Steinhardt. Department of Nutrition and Health Studies. https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/nutrition/