Why change to a vegan diet?

For centuries, cancer has remained one of the most life-threatening disease and people are struggling till now to find remedial measures for this ailment. Investigations have revealed that animal protein could be blamed to a great extent for the occurrence of cancer. Animal protein creates an acidic environment within our body, setting the stage for the multiplication of cancer cells. It promotes inflammation and cell division as well as rework the combination of hormones and important activities of enzymes, therefore, nurturing the cancer cells every moment.

 Many meat lovers would argue about the antioxidant properties of animal protein – the most useful weapon against cancer? They should be reminded that when it comes to the amount of anti-oxidants, animal proteins fall short to compete with plant proteins. The high content of antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals have made plant proteins the most preferred approach to avoid and assist in the prevention of the disease.

The World Cancer Research Fund have approved of the fruitful relation of vegan diet and cancer endurance. They recommend at least five meals of vegetables and fruits daily, to reduce cancer risk. Natural antioxidants in plants, such as, Vitamin C and E, carotenoids like beta-carotene from carrots and lycopene from tomatoes as well as saponins alters the internal milieu and shields our body against cancer.

Allium compounds, dietary fibres, flavonoids, folic acids, phytosterols, selenium and many other components in plant diet are the allies of antioxidants in the battle against this malady. They all work together to kill the cancer cells and block their further growth through prevention of DNA mutation, restoring normal hormonal activities and maintaining integrity of intracellular matrixes.

A vegan diet can reduce the risk of cancer in any part of the body, be it breast or prostate, cervix, ovary, mouth, oesophagus, stomach, colon, larynx and bladder. In women, obesity is a prime reason for breast cancer. Therefore, cutting off meat consumption and embracing veganism to do away with the extra weight and hence lead to a lesser cancer risk life.A plant diet helps to maintain a normal level of estradiol, the female sex hormone (and to a lesser degree in males) and affects other organs as well as a profound effect on the bone. The onset of menstruation has been found to take place   later than average in vegans and the gaps between the menses are longer, hence contributing to the remedy for cancer.

Researchers claim that consumption of meat boost the formation of bile acid and modify it into a carcinogen. But vegan diet reduces the bacterial flora, responsible for this deleterious modification and restores the harmless aspect of bile acids. Plant diets control the colon cells from dividing in an alarming rate and hence, reduce the risk of cancer. The b-carotene in plants are found to be very effective in case of lung cancers while consumption of dried fruits, beans, lentils and soya foods protects our body from the menacing effects of pancreatic cancer.

Vegan diet keeps us away from any lactose type of food like milk, a principal causal factor for ovarian cancer. A vegan diet provides high amounts of vitamins and fibres which are alleviating factors for oral, stomach and prostate cancer alike. Hence, the relationship of vegan diet and cancer survival has turned out to be positive for our salubrity, or the promotion of good health. If you are still unsure of eliminating meat completely from your daily diet, try reducing your consumption, and work your way to removing it totally.  One way is to begin by at least treating yourself with the foods of nature; they are the ‘best medicine’ for cancer and with such a wide variety of choices and creative and delicious ways to prepare vegan meals you’re bound to be successful when you make the change.   Liya Das (The Caribbean Current)



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