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:
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.