Wednesday May 2, 2018
As many of you know, myself and my family are either vegetarian or vegan.
Vegans are frequently misunderstood as fringe eaters with an unnatural passion for animal rights and the environment. While many vegans do feel passionately about these things (we most certainly do), we would like to share a few of the many health benefits living a plant based lifestyle can do for your health and the environment. We also included links to other blogs and research material regarding health and our main passion (Noni Fruit) for your reading pleasure.
Research studies indicate that those following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle live an average of three to six years longer than those who consume meat and other animal products.
Natural antioxidants are one of the best ways protect the body from oxidation, free radicals, and cell damage. Many researchers even believe that natural antioxidants can protect your body against forming certain types of cancer.
Stronger Immune System
Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant and immune booster. A diet rich in fresh fruits and veggies can guarantee you have enough of this essential vitamin. Click here to read about Noni and vitamin C
Did you know? Vitamin C can also keep your teeth and gums healthy and aid in the healing of bruises faster.
Fight Cancer Naturally
According to the World Health Organization, approximately one-third of all cancers can be prevented or controlled by diet. Also, an article published in Food Technology in October 2012 stated plant-based diets can minimize and even eliminate the chance of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes type 2, cardiovascular disease, and cancer later in life.
Did you know? Eating legumes regularly can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by about 9–18%.
A British study indicates that a living a vegan lifestyle can reduce the risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. This is because consuming fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes contain high amounts of natural fiber thus lowering risk of heart disease.
Did you know? Observational studies compared the health of vegans to the general population. Vegans may benefit up to a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure.
Natural Arthritis Relief
There were two studies investigating the effects of a probiotic-rich, raw food vegan diet with individuals who had symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Both studies reported that participants in the vegan group experienced a greater improvement in symptoms such as pain, joint swelling and stiffness compared to those consuming an omnivorous diet.
Did you know? Arthritis is a form of inflammation.
In one study, a vegan diet helped participants lose 9.3 lbs over an 18-week period compared to a conventional diet. This was because fruits and veggies are lower in calories and the participants were allowed to eat until they felt full without exceeding their calorie limit. Click here for more on weight loss
Did you know? A candy bar contains the same amount of calories as 4 apples.
Your skin can give you a lot of information regarding your health and well being. Vitamins A and E from vegetables play a large role in healthy skin. Many people who switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet will notice a reduction in blemishes and wrinkles. Read more about loving the skin you’re in here
Reducing consumption of dairy, meat, and eggs can alleviate allergy symptoms.
Did you know? Approximately 75% of the world’s population are possibly lactose intolerant and suffer from undiagnosed milk sensitivities.
Naturally Lowering Blood Sugar Levels
Vegetarians and vegans tend to naturally have lower blood sugar levels. Vegans in particular, have up to a 50–78% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. One study stated that 43% of its participants who followed a vegan diet were able to reduce their blood-sugar-lowering medication.
Did you know? The majority of vegans do not consume processed sugar due to the fact that most cane sugar is processed through a charcoal filter. Why? You guessed it! The filter most often used is bone char from animal bones.
Love of Animals and the Environment
Growing plants requires fewer resources than raising animals. You can rest easy knowing you saved an animal’s life and helping reduce the toll on the environment. Click here to read about water consumption and your water footprint
Did you know? Approximately 900 animals could be saved each year for every person going vegan.