By now many people are becoming aware of the potential health benefits of adopting a vegan or plant-based diet. These diets in particular have been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol and even reverse symptoms of type 2 diabetes. That alone is quite impressive, but some studies have shown that a vegan diet is more protective against cancer than a conventional meat eating one.
This study focused specifically on the blood taken from those eating a vegan diet compared to those eating the Standard American Diet (S.A.D). Research showed that this diet fought prostate cancer cells, and that blood coming from those following a Vegan diet was much more effective at stopping cancer cell growth. This was from those who had been following a plant-based diet for at least a year.
As the study states:
Experimental group patients were prescribed an intensive lifestyle program that included a vegan diet supplemented with soy (1 daily serving of tofu plus 58 gm of a fortified soy protein powdered beverage), fish oil (3 gm daily), vitamin E (400 IU daily), selenium (200 mcg daily) and vitamin C (2 gm daily), moderate aerobic exercise (walking 30 minutes 6 days weekly), stress management techniques (gentle yoga based stretching, breathing, meditation, imagery and progressive relaxation for a total of 60 minutes daily) and participation in a 1-hour support group once weekly to enhance adherence to the intervention.10 The diet was predominantly fruits, vege- tables, whole grains (complex carbohydrates), legumes and soy products, low in simple carbohydrates and with approx- imately 10% of calories from fat.11 The diet is intensive but palatable and practical. In earlier studies most patients were able to adhere to this diet for at least 5 years. (source)
Subsequent studies have also been done against breast cancer and the benefits of eating a plant based diet for only two weeks. A dramatic strengthening of cancer defences was observed after only 14 days on a plant-based diet and light exercise that included walking between 30-60 minutes a day.
Blood samples were taken from women with breast cancer, and after that the women were asked to try out a plant-based diet for 2 weeks and complete 30-60 minutes of light exercise a day. 14 days later their blood was taken again and researchers found that the diet significantly slowed down the growth of cancer and increased the blood’s ability to kill cancer cells.
You may be thinking that it could have been the exercise that was responsible for slowing down the cancer development, well, so were researchers, which is why another study was setup. They found that the light exercise did assist with the suppression of caner growth, but the plant-based diet alone has twice as much power to kill the cancer cells.
Studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.” – Harvard Medical School (source)
Another example comes from the American Dietetic Association, who weighed in with a position paper, concluding that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” (Journal of the American Dietetic Association, July 2009) (source)
These diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.
While for some it does seem as though developing cancer is just bad luck, it is important to understand that your lifestyle can have a direct effect on your body and your risk of developing cancer. Some say cancer cannot exist in an alkaline environment, and many animal products are well known to cause our bodies to be in an overly acidic state. We get to pick how we live our lives and what we are putting into our bodies, it’s time to take responsibility for our health instead of just assuming cancer is a stroke of bad luck. With more and more information coming to the surface about cancer prevention and natural cures, we absolutely do have a choice in the matter.
You Don’t Have To Go Completely Vegan
If this sounds like something that is just too far fetched for you, you can gain many of the aforementioned health benefits by just choosing to drastically lower your consumption of meat and animal products. Just cutting back can significantly reduce the chances of developing various diseases. This is not only good for your health, but for the environment as well, so it’s definitely something to consider.