A Vegan Diet of Modest Protein Content, by Down-Regulating Akt-mTORC1 Activity in Lymphocytes, May Aid Induction of T Regulatory Cells

Many autoimmune disorders – maladies such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and multiple sclerosis – were quite rare among sub-Saharan Africans in the middle of the last century, and also appear to have been comparatively rare in certain quasi-vegan Asian societies at the time. Vegan diets also have been reported to have some clinical efficacy for blunting the severity of rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. This essay proposes that vegan diets may have the potential to increase the activity of immune cells known as T regulatory lymphocytes that help to prevent and control autoimmunity.

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