The equivalent of eating a single walnut half per day appeared to cut the risk of dying from inflammatory disease about in half, whereas fish did not appear to play a protective role. That may be why those eating vegetarian foods have lower levels of inflammation and chronic disease risk.
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This is the second of a three-part video series on the latest discoveries about fighting inflammation with plant foods. See Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Purple Potatoes for part one, and Dietary Treatment of Crohn’s Disease for part three. Other recent videos on nuts include Eating Healthy on the Cheap; Harvard’s Meat and Mortality Studies; and Plant-Based Atkins Diet, whereas industrial pollutants present in fish oil supplements may even increase inflammation in the body (see Is Distilled Fish Oil Toxin-Free?). The anti-inflammatory nature of plant foods may explain why those eating plant-based diets have less diabetes (Preventing Macular Degeneration With Diet); fewer allergies (Preventing Allergies in Adulthood); less heart disease (China Study on Sudden Cardiac Death); better moods (Improving Mood Through Diet); and fewer chronic diseases in general (Say No to Drugs by Saying Yes to More Plants). Be sure to check out my many other videos on plant-based diets.
We know plant-based diets can help prevent inflammatory disease. But to see if plant-based diets can be used to treat it, you’ve got to put them to the test. Check out Dietary Treatment of Crohn’s Disease.
For more context, see my associated blog posts: How Does Meat Cause Inflammation?; Treating Crohn’s Disease With Diet; The True Shelf Life of Cooking Oils; Cholesterol Lowering in a Nut Shell; Top 10 Most Popular Videos of the Year; Biblical Daniel Fast Tested; Lead Poisoning Risk From Venison; Plant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis; and Mushrooms and Immunity.