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Low carb - impact on synovial fluid? Arthritits

Commented on August 04, 2014
Created August 03, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Hi guys

On the recent Robb Wolf podcast with Paul Jaminet that a carb restricted diet can cause issues such as dry eyes, gut problems and synovial fluid problems. This last one caught my attention because I've been carb-restricted Paleo for the past couple of years and the osteoarthritis that I've been managing for the past 20 years or so has flared up to such an extent that I need hip replacement surgery.

Does anyone have any more insight into this issue?

Thanks!

Edit sorry I didn't include details when I first posted the question - getting to know the PH interface :-)

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on August 04, 2014
at 01:49 AM

Thank you for your answer - it's exactly these aspects of VLC-ing that I'm trying to understand better. I'm trying to find out if any deeper information the impact on joints, cartilage, synovial fluid exists or not since this was news to me when I heard it as a throw-away line on the podcast.

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on August 04, 2014
at 01:01 AM

Then try more carbs. Can't hurt.

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on August 04, 2014
at 12:03 AM

A little more info maybe?? from my general understanding, low carb usually = low inflammatory foods = less inflammation = less symptoms. .. I may be way out on this, which is why you need to give us more info.. ie.. what foods do you define as low carb.

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on August 04, 2014
at 12:00 AM

Well, it would be nice if you'd give a little more detail about what exactly you are asking.

If you're asking if low carb can help arthritis, I think it very much can, particularly if in reducing carbs you are eliminating gluten grains. There's evidence of auto-immunity which attacks joints and synovial fluid. Fat and collagen from animal foods (bone in meat, bone broth) and vitamins and minerals that are more prevalent on a low carb diet than SAD also help (Lots of vitamins A, D, and K from natural fats and fermented veggies, etc.)

If you're asking if a low carb diet can harm joints from loss of synovial fluid, there's some speculation that VLC can "dry things out" (the Jaminets make this claim, among others). More recently I've seen claims that adding resistant starches in your diet feeds the "mucagens" so that you are less likely to dry out your eyes, GI tract, and joint cartilage (not sure if they are including synovial fluid in that). This is one of the reasons personally that I'm adding some resistant starches back in to my diet, but I still consider myself VLC, since all evidence (glucometer and ketonix readings, no weight gain) seem to indicate that my body is not metabolizing the resistant starches as carbs like sugars.

4355b6ff7315baa75559cb6bb2530be6

on August 04, 2014
at 01:49 AM

Thank you for your answer - it's exactly these aspects of VLC-ing that I'm trying to understand better. I'm trying to find out if any deeper information the impact on joints, cartilage, synovial fluid exists or not since this was news to me when I heard it as a throw-away line on the podcast.

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