Plant-based Diets Can Refresh and Reinvigorate!

We at Herbsea just really do love eating healthy foods from Mother Nature. We know that her pantry is really huge, and jawdropping, especially when you consider it’s not just fruits and veggies but seeds, nuts, spices, culinary oils and even edible flowers.

One study published in the March issue of American Journal of Nursing showed exciting results when a group of nurses ate a plant-based (vegan) diet for three weeks. The study was led by Joanne Evans, M.Ed., RN, lead author of the research article, wrote that several studies have shown that plant-based diets provided more protection against risk of general cancer development, and that other studies have shown that individuals who decided to follow a plant-based (vegan) diet lost more weight than those who ate some animal products. Additionally, other studies have shown that a plant-based diet over a meat-containing diet can help preserve healthy cardiovascular status, such as significantly reducing cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure lowering. Further, she added, a study of more than 500,000 people by both the National Institutes of Health and AARP showed that a diet that includes processed and red meats was associated with higher overall cardiovascular and cancer deaths, and another study of studies (“meta analysis”) showed the opposite – that diets that are high in plants were associated with reduced risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease.

But wait – there really is more! Plant-based diets also help manage healthy blood sugar levels; studies have also found that those people with unhealthy blood sugar who began eating a healthier, plant-based, nutrient-dense diet showed a decrease in glycated hemoglobin levels (healthier blood sugar levels). Further, another multi-center study showed that plant-based diets helped even out mood and lessened the senses of anxiety and depression, resulting in higher work productivity.

In the recent published study of 19 nurses who ate a plant-based diet for three weeks, 74 percent (14) lowered their cholesterol, with a mean average of 18 mg/dL, while six nurses showed lowered cholesterol by 45 to 60 mg/dL; 10 nurses lost weight, ranging from 1.5 to 9 pounds, with an average weight loss of 4.4 pounds; and 30 percent, six, reported gains in energy. At the start of the study, one nurse reported being satisfied with her health, and by the end of the study, eight (41%) felt this way.

Overall, this study validates previous ones. Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee, commented, “Large bodies of research show a plant-based vegan diet boosts weight loss, lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol, and stabilizes blood sugar. We now have preliminary evidence that this way of eating boosts energy. The secret is to stick with the prescription since the health benefits last as long as you’re putting the dietary principles into practice.”

Oh, and more good news for those of you who are more persuaded to quit the meat and meat products: the study participants did not have to count calories, measure portion sizes or follow strict rules. Imagine how great you’ll feel when you alter your diet – and add supplements such as our Fucosea Family!

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