We attempt to educate and celebrate the benefits of a vegetarian bodybuilding diet for building muscle and strength. But the benefits of a plant-based diet extend well beyond the positive impact on the environment and the ability to still maintain adequate protein intake.
Plant-based diets have proven time and time again to reduce the prevalence of chronic illnesses. In particular, plant-based diets are increasingly showing to have a preventative effect on the incidence of cancer, whose pathways are still mysterious to us.
Broccoli should be a staple in your diet for many reasons, and here’s a good article on how broccoli fights cancer.
The evidence has been mounting to the point where even the American Institute for Cancer Research advocates limiting red meat intake and eliminating processed meats altogether from our diets. Plant-based diets are recommended by the AICR and other health professionals all over. And it’s not just about the anti-oxidants as has been assumed in the past.
Research performed at Cornell University and published in the Journal of Nutrition, suggests that it is not enough to gain anti-oxidants from supplements. Rather, from consuming whole fruits and vegetables, there is a synergistic effect from combining the naturally occurring anti-oxidants with the phyto-chemicals inherent in natural foods. In fact, it is estimated that one-third of all cancer deaths in the US could be prevented through including more fruits and vegetables in our diets.
The evidence suggests that antioxidants or bioactive compounds are best acquired through whole-food consumption, not from expensive dietary supplements.
While that study advocates for simply including more plants in our diet, a paper published this year from research conducted at Loma Linda University, took it a step further advocating for the protective effect of vegetarian diets compared to non-vegetarian plans.
Comparing dietary data from nearly 70,000 participants, researchers found significantly lower incidence of cancer in vegetarian participants vs. non-vegetarian participants. Within the different vegetarian diets compared (Vegan vs. Lacto-ovo Vegetarian), vegan diets showed a significantly more protective effect as well. In particular, vegan diets showed significant preventive results against female-specific cancers.
Researchers are not in argument on whether or not a vegetarian diet is protective against cancer. This is clear. The data has delivered the verdict. Yes, it is. However, the reasons for why are still unclear.
Some suggest that the lower BMI commonly found in vegetarians compared to non-vegetarian populations could be a confounding factor as obesity is a predictor of chronic illnesses such as cancer. Also, in vegan populations, Vitamin D deficiency could negate some of the protective effects of a vegan diet in cancer. That’s why it is an important Vitamin to monitor in vegan and vegetarian diets. Still, the evidence across the board, has shown the additional benefits of a plant-based diet when obtaining anti-oxidants and phytochemicals from naturally occurring sources.
With the lower incidence of cancer, the positive impact on the environment, and the American Dietetic Association supporting the nutritional and preventative benefits of well-planned vegetarian and vegan diets, it’s no wonder there is an increase in advocacy for plant-based diets today.
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Furthermore, vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates
Vegetarian diets seem to confer protection against cancer. Impact: Vegan diet seems to confer lower risk for overall and female-specific cancer than other dietary patterns.
Fruit and vegetables are known to contain a complex mixture of phytochemicals that possess potent antioxidant and antiproliferative activity and show additive and synergistic effects. The phytochemicals interfere with several cellular processes involved in the progression of cancer.
It is the position of the American Dietetic Association 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. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.
For more ideas on vegetarian diet and cancer prevention, watch these 2 videos below –
Cancer Treatment: Why a Vegetarian Diet Helps
Can we eat to starve cancer? – William Li
Chris Willitts (creator of V3), is the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.
V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System is a mixture of science and author’s advice, providing users with optimal diet and exercise. This system is designed for vegans and vegetarians only.
A lot of research has been put in this program. Furthermore, a lot of professional bodybuilders and athletes tried and tested the program, praising its progressiveness and efficiency.
The program is about taking control of your own body and health according to your potential and needs. And worry not; you’ll get plenty of proteins with this system. It will boost you with energy, and you’ll feel just a strong as any carnivore would (perhaps even stronger, depending on how much you invest in your exercise). It avoids vitamins deficiency and provides you with a lot of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Instead of saying things like “I think a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders,” the V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System claims “I know a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders, and I have results to prove it.”
To find out more, visit the website at V3 Bodybuilding – Vegetarian Diet and Cancer Prevention
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