Health Benefits of a Vegan Diet

by Jackie Clark
(USA)

Cancer, including mesothelioma*, can affect every area of an individual’s life. One important area to address with cancer is nutrition. A vegan diet, also known as veganism, is similar to a vegetarian diet but excludes food, which is derived from animals such as meat, dairy products and eggs. A vegan diet provides numerous health benefits to those dealing with cancer.

A Vegan Diet Provides Needed Nutrients

The numerous health benefits of a vegan diet are a result of this diet providing essential nutrients for the body.** When you follow a vegan diet, you will obtain nutrients such as fiber, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants, foliates, vitamin C, vitamin E and protein. When a plant-based diet such as a vegan diet is eaten, phytochemicals are consumed which have been shown to help prevent cancer. Saturated fats are also reduced by a vegan diet.

A Vegan Diet Prevents Disease

The vegan diet may prevent or slow down the progression of cancer and other diseases.*** Research has shown a reduction in the rate of breast cancer in women who consume less animal products. Studies have shown how a vegan diet has stopped the cancer progression as well as possible reversal of prostate cancer. When a person follows a high fiber diet such as a vegan diet, research has shown a reduced risk of getting colon cancer. There is also a reduced rate of obtaining prostate cancer with eating a diet, which includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A vegan diet also reduces the risk of obtaining heart attacks, stroke, type 2 diabetes, macular degeneration, arthritis, osteoporosis and cataracts. Veganism also reduces cholesterol and blood pressure.

A Vegan Diet Provides Physical Benefits

In addition to disease prevention, a vegan diet provides additional physical health benefits to the body, which, helps a person, fight off cancer. A person will usually lose weight on a vegan diet. An individual will also experience healthier hair, nails and skin. Studies have also shown that a person who follows a vegan diet will have a longer life expectancy.

With a vegan diet, the prognosis for cancer and mesothelioma may improve due to the various health benefits. It is important for you to consult with a doctor before starting a new diet. This will ensure that you are eating a balanced diet and obtaining all of the appropriate nutrients, which are vital in fighting cancer.

*http://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/

**http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/EatHealthyGetActive/EatHealthy/index

***http://www.vegan-nutritionista.com/vegan-diets.html

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