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Study finds vegan blood is 8 times more effective at killing cancer cells

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This study is proving yet another health benefit of eating vegan.

Collective Evolution reports that scientists have found that blood taken from vegans is 8 times more effective at killing cancer cells, when compared to blood taken from people who follow a Standard American Diet (with the hilariously appropriate acronym of S.A.D).

In a series of experiments, test subjects were assigned the opposing diets. Their blood was then pitted against cancer cells in a petri dish, in hopes of determining which diet resulted in blood that was more effective at suppressing cancer growth. The results found that the vegan blood (after maintaining a year long plant-based diet) had nearly 8 times the stopping power when it comes to cancer cell growth. Stress management groups, yoga, and some other techniques were utilized to show how lifestyle effects cancer, as well, with diet still taking the cake.

Another similar but short-term experiment found a dramatic strengthening of cancer defence against breast cancer after only 14 days of plant-based eating and light exercise. Only two weeks of making fruits, veg, and legumes the priority saw that the woman tested had significantly slowed cancer growth. A separate trial ran to make sure the exercise wasn’t the true cancer-killer, and found that while it did help, plant-based diets were still twice as powerful at attacking cancer cells.

The health benefits of eating a vegan diet are already widely shared, with everyone from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association to the Harvard Medical School agreeing that this way of eating is not only nutritionally sound, but can be preventative in treating certain disease. So while we happily celebrate the positive side effects we stand to gain from the lifestyle, none trump that being vegan means ending animal exploitation.

*Details on the study can be found here, as sourced by Collective Evolution. “New” was removed, to reflect that the study isn’t new, only the examination is.

*NOTE: readers pointed out that fish oil was included in the “vegan” diet. We do not support the use of fish oil.

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  • Jon

    Please can you share the link of which study specifically shows that vegan blood is 8 times more effective . Many thanks

    • Jennie

      Right?? All the links go to a study about how drastic lifestyle changes improved the health of patients with prostate cancer… no mention of a vegan diet at all…

      • Justine Micalizzi

        he vegan diet was mentioned on page 1066 of the study, in the second paragraph, under the heading, “Methods And Methods”.

        “Experimental group patients were prescribed an intensive

        lifestyle program that included a vegan diet supplemented

        with soy (1 daily serving of tofu plus 58 gm of a fortified soy

        protein powdered beverage), fish oil (3 gm daily), vitamin E

        (400 IU daily), selenium (200 mcg daily) and vitamin C (2 gm

        daily), moderate aerobic exercise (walking 30 minutes 6 days

        weekly), stress management techniques (gentle yoga based

        stretching, breathing, meditation, imagery and progressive

        relaxation for a total of 60 minutes daily) and participation in

        a 1-hour support group once weekly to enhance adherence to

        the intervention.10 The diet was predominantly fruits, vegetables,

        whole grains (complex carbohydrates), legumes and

        soy products, low in simple carbohydrates and with approximately

        10% of calories from fat.11 The diet is intensive but

        palatable and practical. In earlier studies most patients were

        able to adhere to this diet for at least 5 years.10 –13”

        • Mijamoto

          …Only this fish oil. …so not really vegan 🙁

          • Justine Micalizzi

            Thank you for pointing that out, I didn’t see that.

          • Zoe Halbert

            I’m vegan but I can’t deny science shows that fish oil has a ton of health benefits. Especially if you look at studies from NICUs. Fish oil decreased mortality in infants by huge margins.

          • Christina Ku

            Yes it’s because fish eat algae and plants. Humans should obtain the same directly from plants instead of fish or their oil.

      • Christina Ku

        The diet described IS vegan and drastically improved cancer patients’ lives.

    • Justine Micalizzi

      The vegan diet was mentioned on page 1066 of the study, in the second paragraph, under the heading, “Methods And Methods”.
      “Experimental group patients were prescribed an intensive
      lifestyle program that included a vegan diet supplemented
      with soy (1 daily serving of tofu plus 58 gm of a fortified soy
      protein powdered beverage), fish oil (3 gm daily), vitamin E
      (400 IU daily), selenium (200 mcg daily) and vitamin C (2 gm
      daily), moderate aerobic exercise (walking 30 minutes 6 days
      weekly), stress management techniques (gentle yoga based
      stretching, breathing, meditation, imagery and progressive
      relaxation for a total of 60 minutes daily) and participation in
      a 1-hour support group once weekly to enhance adherence to
      the intervention.10 The diet was predominantly fruits, vegetables,
      whole grains (complex carbohydrates), legumes and
      soy products, low in simple carbohydrates and with approximately
      10% of calories from fat.11 The diet is intensive but
      palatable and practical. In earlier studies most patients were
      able to adhere to this diet for at least 5 years.10 –13”

  • Jason Parker

    What is the new study? The studies you post are from over 10 years ago.

    • Christina Ku

      Yes it’s old news that vegan diet is the healthiest. We all know that already.

  • jaredyjaredy .

    Utter crap.

    • Christina Ku

      Why is that?

  • BreitBoy

    I don’t believe a word of it.

    • Just because you don’t “believe” it does not make it false. I didn’t believe it either until I tried it and got off of 7 of 8 prescription drugs as a result of going healthy vegan. Also lost lots of weight, no longer diabetic, or hurting from arthritis and am healthier than I have been in 20 years.

    • JapGirl

      even a 9th grader knows this in Asia..

    • Christina Ku

      When there is proof and science to prove a point and one still denies it there’s name for that…

  • Alexsandra

    What of waste of time…

  • I_Do_Crossfit

    First of all this is total pseudo-science, also meat provides the required nutrients to ensure we don’t die of other diseases. I hope you all die of cyanide poisoning (due to a lack of vitamin B12)

    • lol wtf

    • Christina Ku

      B-12 is derived from soil so only plants have natural B-12. It’s a myth that animal protein has b-12. Factory farming of animals must add B-12 to the feed for farmed animals. Your hope that people die is grossly inappropriate and immature. D

      • Lewis Moore

        B-12 is actually made by bacteria, that’s why if you look it up the highest sources of B-12 are animals that are filter feeders, gain it through bio magnification, or are ruminants who have a bacteria based digestion system (Cows, Deer, Bison…). Technically you should be able to get B-12 from soil and things like sourdough bread but I’m not sure how much, so It would be better safer to supplement it until we know more.

        • Christina Ku

          Yes and animals who eat plants get the nutrient from soil. So humans can get the nutrients directly from eating plants which gets the nutrients from soil.

    • Zoe Halbert

      We have bacteria that produce some B-12 in our intestines. Also…supplementation is a thing you know. Im a began and supplement B-12 and vitamin D in the winter.This article is B.S. but your response is not much better. Meat in proportional amounts won’t kill you but it’s not necessary. I have a degree in nutrition so I’m not just pulling this out of thin air.

  • DebbieVeganess

    Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine
    PCRM.ORG

  • DebbieVeganess

    Kaiser Permanente recommends Plant based eating for health.

    • Bob Rapfogel

      Yep, they say more research is needed to make it “the new normal” (all other research on the topic is “in”).

  • John

    no wonder, because being vegan that means you consumes more anti-oxidants which is you can only find on vegetarian food (fruits, beans, vegetables etc). For a male, being vegan means you will be less agressive or calm, and high probability your baby is female. Even a 9th grader know this

    • Christina Ku

      John, what you think and write is wrong and false, thus degrading to your own intelligence. Please get educated.

  • Christina Ku

    The facts and truths about vegan lifestyle are all available online, books and verified by real people. Plant based lifestyle is irrefutably healthier, sustainable better for humans, planet and animals. If you don’t subscribe to it, you are just in denial and stuck in your old habits, slave to your palate, disconnected to world, lacking compassion and empathy. Basically also selfish because when you CHOOSE to eat animals you support killing of innocent sentient animals, destroying the environment, making your children sick and obese. If you view the factory farming of animals it may change the way you feel and think about your life.

    • Zoe Halbert

      I agree with some of your points, but I don’t think it’s fair to say people are selfish for not going vegan. There are very reasonable concerns and challenges to being vegan in the current society we live in. I’m a vegan and for me it wasn’t that difficult but I am a white, privileged person in America. It is not a convenient diet and it takes a lot of education to be a healthy vegan. I have but and seed allergies which makes it very hard sometimes. I can’t eat at vegan restaurants because of my allergies. My point is assuming people are selfish is not the most helpful way to get people on board. I’d rather support small changes like reducing red meat consumption or even meatless Mondays first rather than bashing people for not being vegan

      • Christina Ku

        To recognize one of the biggest human frailties which is selfishness is not bashing but recognizing people’s quality of being selfish and what we need to overcome. Yes most people have a selfish palate … they like what they have been used to eating out of habit, social and palate conditioning. What’s the number one reason when asking someone to stop eating animals when they know the horrendous process to kill the animals? Their palate desires.

  • Jangmi

    Google : vegan babies die rickets

    • Christina Ku

      And meat eating parents deliver millions of still birth babies, terminal illnesses…

  • Nicolas Nicoli

    I have read the western diet have a huge impact in the prostate, I mean, those that have that kind of alimentation have more risk of developing bph and prostate cancer, that is the reason why I take my alimentation as something really important and serious, I also take a supplement named alpharise and it has helped me.

  • breed7

    You lose all credibility when you use the word “veg” instead of “vegetables.” Are you too stupid to be able to spell words correctly?

  • Bob Job

    The cancer cells die of malnutrition.

  • JustAhippie

    Most vegans are malnourished and unhealthy. This article tastes bias too. Vegans are so pretentious, they eat my food’s food. The irony. They kill animals to farm their plants. They kill more habitats than meat eaters do, it’s the truth. Idiots

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