Within a matter of weeks, participants placed on the vegan diet outlined by the prophet Daniel experienced improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin levels, insulin resistance, and C-reactive protein levels, a marker of inflammation within the body.
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Evidently not completely satisfied with the scientific rigor of the dietary trial presented in Daniel 1, 8 through 16, researchers in Tennesee published two papers recently detailing a series of parallel experiments on a 21 day all you can eat diet of “devoid of animal products and preservatives, and inclusive of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.” In other words… “food intake in accordance with a stringent vegan diet.”
The purpose of the studies were to determine the effect of a 21 day Daniel Fast on both biomarkers of antioxidant status and oxidative stress, as well as the efficacy of the Daniel fast to improve markers of the lion's den of metabolic and cardiovascular disease risk.
No surprise that a diet composed of whole plant foods improves several risk factors for metabolic and cardiovascular disease, as well as an improvement in selected biomarkers of antioxidant status and oxidative stress, including metabolites of nitric oxide, which I talked about before. Participants experienced meaningful improvements, in blood pressure, cholesterol, insulin levels. insulin resistance, and C-reactive protein were all lowered to a clinically meaningful extent.
And this was in a young healthy population—imagine the miracles it could do for people who are really hurting. “this study extends the findings of other plant-based diets by documenting the impact of a strict vegan diet on multiple measures of oxidative stress and antioxidant capacity.”
Of course if, instead of a biblical Danial Fast, they had called it a "strict vegan diet" they would probably not have gotten a compliance rate of 98.7%, especially, in Tennessee.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Kerry Skinner.
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See the "prequel" in Friday's video-of-the-day Tightening the Bible Belt. Can the drop in biomarkers of inflammation actually translate into an improvement in inflammatory disease progression though? See Dietary Treatment of Crohn's Disease and Diet & Rheumatoid Arthritis. The decrease in inflammation is likely a combination of the anti-inflammatory effects of many plant foods (Fighting Inflammation in a Nut Shell) and the pro-inflammatory effects of animal foods (see the 3-video series ending with Dead Meat Bacteria Endotoxemia). The improvement in antioxidant capacity is also not unexpected, given the different Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods.
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