Vegan Blood Is 8 Times More Protective Against Cancer

Nov 9 2017 - 10:34pm
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If you are on a plant-based, vegan diet for one year or more, your blood is likely to be eight times stronger than those who follow the Standard American Diet, according to some enlightening research.

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Heck Yeah, We Can End Cancer

While veganism is a philosophy first and foremost, the vegan diet has some pretty astounding protective benefits. One critical and amazing health benefit, according to recent research is that the vegan diet strengthens the blood and wards off cancer.

Junk Vegans Need Not Apply

While removal of animal products from the diet is a healthy start, only plant-based vegans can gain the most cancer-fighting benefits, according to this latest research. Scientists found that blood taken from plant-based vegans is up to eight times more effective at killing cancer cells.

The study published in the Journal of Urology looked at blood taken from those eating a vegan diet and compared it to those eating the Standard American Diet (S.A.D).

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Method

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Subject recruitment was limited to 93 men who had chosen not to undergo any conventional treatment for prostate cancer. This provided an unusual opportunity to have a nonintervention randomized control group to avoid the confounding effects of interventions such as radiation, surgery or androgen deprivation therapy on cancer.

The subjects were assigned the opposing diets. Their blood was then tested against cancer cells in a petri dish and it was game-on. The research showed that the blood from the vegans, who had been following a plant-based diet for at least a year, were much more effective at stopping cancer cell growth. Other stress management strategies including, yoga, were also used in demonstrating how lifestyle effects cancer, but diet mattered most.

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"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, vegetables, whole grains (complex carbohydrates), legumes and soy products, low in simple carbohydrates and with approximately 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."


Conclusion

The study concluded intensive lifestyle changes may affect the progression of early, low-grade prostate cancer in men. Further studies and longer-term follow-up are warranted.

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