Yesterday I read an interesting tweet by Dr. Michael Greger which said, “The blood circulating in vegans fights cancer nearly 8 times better.” Obviously, these few characters caught my attention so I followed the link, where a short video on Dr. Greger’s NutritionFacts.org site explained more.
According to a study conducted by the Nathan Pritikin Research Foundation, the blood of those eating a vegan diet for a year suppresses cancer cell growth nearly eight times better, and a similar study found that two weeks on a plant-based diet appears to significantly enhance cancer defenses against breast cancer and colon cancer cells.
The first study put a group of individuals on different diets and dripped their blood on prostate cancer cells growing in Petri dishes to see whose blood is better at suppressing cancer growth. They found that the Standard American Diet (SAD) slows cancer growth by 9%, whereas blood from a person on a vegan diet for a year, slows cancer growth by 70%!
The second study was for women and breast cancer, but instead of waiting a year, individuals were only a vegan diet for two weeks. The study tested the bloods’ ability to fight cancer before they started a vegan diet and after two weeks of being on a vegan diet. They found that after just two weeks on a vegan diet, participants’ blood significantly slowed down and stopped the growth of cancer cells. Their same blood gained the power to significantly fight off cancer cells after just 2 weeks on a vegan diet.
Dr. Greger didn’t mention the importance of moderate exercise and proper stress management, but that was also a factor in both studies. I think we can all agree that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, proper diet must be coupled with proper exercise and relaxation.
So what kind of blood do you want in your body? What kind of immune system do you want working for you? Plants get my vote all the way!