12 weeks in a vegetarian diet improves bowel habits, reduces stress and increases nutritional status
We have all heard that you are what you eat, and that a balanced diet with less fat, less processed food and more vegetables, is best. But now, there is real basis to affirm that a vegetarian diet is indeed better for a person’s overall health.
A study published by the Korean society of Clinical nutrition, has discussed the findings of an experiment done at a Korean Middle school. In this experiment, 40 subjects (26 students and14 teachers) switched from their normal diets to a vegetarian diet, for a period of 12 weeks. Participants had to answer a questionnaire and do a blood analysis before and after the experiment
After 12 weeks on a completely vegetarian these were results:
1) BMI (body mass index) was reduced. So all participants lost weight
2) TC (Total colestherol ) was reduced in both groups
3) LDL-C (low-density lipoprotein cholestherol ) or “bad cholesterol” were reduced
4) Serum calcium and Vitamin B12 was increased in the students and teachers
5) Teachers reported to be less stressed
6) The number of participants facing functional constipation decreased
These results are just a confirmation of a previous study that proved, through a randomized controlled trial of 41 subjects, that increasing the intake of whole grains, fruits and vegetables have an the anti-oxidative effect on the body, which is promoted by a large amount of vitamins that protect cells from the oxidation-induced damage. So, a more vegetarian focused diet may also work as a preventative measure and treatment of various chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, constipation, and cancer.
The International Journal of Medical Sciences has published review-summary of two in vitro studies performed on the anti- colorectal cancer properties of flavonoids, the polyphenolic compounds found in various fruits and vegetables known to possess antioxidant activities. The most common foods flavonoids are found in are: grapefruits, oranges, tomatoes, blueberries, almonds, pears, strawberries, watermelon and others
In what way do Flavonoids work in the body ?
1) Interfere in the pathway of the most important signaling pathways involved in the diagnosis of colon rectal cancer.
2) Affect one or more of these pathways, resulting in the inhibition of CRC.
In yet another study it was reported “Vegetarian and vegan diets increase beneficial plant foods and plant constituents, eliminate the intake of red and processed meat, and aid in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. The direct and indirect evidence taken together suggests that vegetarian diets are a useful strategy for reducing risk of cancer.”
According to Colorectal Cancer statistics, this type of cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. So, researches that involve no invasive ways to treat and prevent millions of people developing cancer and other chronic illnesses related to diet are extremely important