Today we had an interesting discussion regarding plant-based diets and cancer. There are a lot of misconceptions about whether or not diet has any impact on the prevention of cancer. Well, there is plenty of research that highlights the benefits of a plant-based diet in cancer prevention. Here are a few. Please click on the links to read the full study / article. Also, I have included a video regarding breast cancer and plant-based diets. Something to chew on…
- Reduced cancer risk in vegetarians: an analysis of recent reports
Although plant-based diets including vegetarian and vegan diets are generally considered to be cancer protective, surprisingly very few studies have directly addressed this question. However, a broad body of evidence links specific plant foods such as fruits and vegetables, plant constituents such as fiber, anti-oxidants and other phytochemicals, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight to reduced risk of cancer diagnosis and recurrence
- Vegetarian diets and the incidence of cancer in a low-risk population Vegan diet seems to confer lower risk for overall and female-specific cancer compared to other dietary patterns. The lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets seem to confer protection from cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets
Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.
- Role of nutrition in preventing cancer
Studies have consistently linked abundant consumption of plant-based food to a substantial reduction in risk of developing various cancers. Laboratory studies show that this chemopreventive effect is related to the high levels of numerous phytochemicals in this food. These phytochemicals interfere with several cellular processes involved in the progression of cancer and also with inflammatory processes that foster development of cancer.
- Vegetarian Diets Linked to Lower Mortality (vegans live longer)
Adults who eat a more plant-based diet may be boosting their chance of living longer, according to a large analysis.