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!

6 Responses to “Vegan Blood Fights Cancer Better”

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  2. I’m not surprised by the results of this study. After being vegan for just two weeks I could not believe how healthy I felt. Before going vegan, I was borderline diabetic. With my strong family history of diabetes, my doctor said if I didn’t do something, it was just a matter of time until I had the disease. After just six months being vegan, I went in for an A1C blood test and my sugars were in the low range of normal! Not only that, my cholesterol had dramatically improved. It’s been a year now and I will never go back to my old ways. The benefits are far too great. I wish the world could know this joy. But for now I am happy that compassionate people who care about animals will be the ones reaping these health benefits.

  3. Thank you Joanne for sharing your story with us! We are extremely happy to hear of your success. I found the best way to share new found happiness with others is to share your story and lead by example. There is nothing more enlightening than hearing others’ personal experiences and seeing firsthand their achievements. If you should need further guidance along your vegan journey, remember to check out our http://www.LiveVegan.org website (filled with info, tips, recipes) and you can also share our new video (www.10BillionLives.com) with friends to help encourage them onto a more compassionate path.

  4. I am living proof! I have stage 4 breast cancer with metastasis to the bone in my sternum and spine. Hey, no pity! Anyway, I was sick of chemo after the first year back in 2010 and so I began to search for alternatives. I discovered Dr. McDougall (through Alicia Silverstone’s book The Kind Diet…Thank you for saving my life Alicia!), Kris Carr (Crazy Sexy Cancer), and others who reversed or halted their cancer through diet. I am ecstatic to report that I have not had to have a drop of toxic chemo for two years and counting…Give me some fresh green vegies!

  5. Good for you! I am sorry to hear of your condition but glad to hear you are investing in your health by seeing food as medicine. If we fuel our body’s with the nutrition it needs, it can prevent, treat and reverse countless diseases…many of them fatal. Dr. Gerson realized long ago that eating an organic, vegan diet could cure cancer and many other diseases. (http://gerson.org) Since then, other doctors have started promoting diet and lifestyle over prescribing medicines. I wish you continued improved health and lots of fresh veggies!

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