You may be deficient in micronutrients and not even know it. Why is this important? Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress the function of the immune system. A suppressed immune system can contribute to degenerative diseases such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
"But I eat a balanced diet, exercise and take a multivitamin." Working on your health is great, but, you may have a shortage of micronutrients because of absorption problems, chronic illness, aging or your unique biochemistry has different requirements.
Small miracles performed by food inside your cells become major miracles in defeating disease.
Vitamins and minerals that are needed in small amounts for normal body function. Deficiencies often occur with vitamin A, iodine, iron and zinc. Real food such as fruits, vegetables, and fortified whole grains provide us with micronutrients.
Dr. Fuhrman ranks food by it's nurtient content from 100 for raw leafy green vegetables to 0 for refined sweets.
The top of the list is:
At the bottom is:
Looks like a vegetarian diet to me. Dr Fuhrman coins the term "nutritarian". Food has a powerful disease-protecting and therapeutic effect. It's important to eat food choices that provide your body with disease fighting micronutrients.
Although vegan diets improve diabetes management, the University of North Carolina ran a randomized, controlled clinical trial looking at the differences between a low fat vegan diet and the American Diabetes diet reommendation.
After 22 weeks, the participants evaluated hemoglobin A1c (diabetics must control A1c values) and body weight changes. The conclusion was that vegan diets increase the intake of carbohydrates, fiber, and several micronutrients, in contrast with the American Diabetes diet. The vegan diet also improved its AHEI (alternative healthy eating index) score and the American Diabetes Association score was unchanged.
The Big "C". No one wants to hear that diagnosis. The best studies have concluded that vegetarians have a lower incidence of all cancers. If vegetarians have a better chance of fighting off cancer, what about vegans?
The National Cancer Institute funded a study reporting that vegans have lower rates of cancer than both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Interesting- here is how they proved the theory. Blood from people placed on different diets was dripped on human cancer cells growing in a petri dish.
Women on a plant-based diet for just two weeks were able to supress the growth of three different types of breast cancer. Similar results were found for men against prostate cancer.
In just two weeks, changes occurred. Can you imagine what a cancer fighter your body can be after a year or two or more! How plant based do you need to eat? Studies comparing levels of IGF-1 (cancer-promoting growth hormone in the body). Animal protein increases the levels of IGF-1.
Drs. Dean Ornish and Elizabeth Blackburn found that a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in only three months- turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that cause breast cancer, heart disease, prostate cancer and others.
Be a nutritionist like Dr. Fuhrman suggests. Food has the power to direct turning off your cancer producing genes. Despite our man-made wonder drugs, Mother Nature is truely the world's oldest and great pharmacist.
Science's new revelations gives you control over your health. You have the final say over what does and doesn't go into your stomach. You cannot always control the quality of air, the noise level or your emotional surroundings,; but you can control what you eat. Don't just eat to live- but love your body to eat the best.
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