Warning: before making any changes to your lifestyle, foods, medications, supplements, and exercise, be sure to discuss your pans and program with you doctor.
Ever since the mid-1800s, when a nutrient was discovered in the blood, veins, and muscles tissue in animals, and was given the moniker, “protein”, that, in Greek, means the equivalent of “primary”, the medical world and athletic publications has placed an inordinate amount of emphasis on eating and drinking huge amounts of animal-based products.
But protein is merely one of only several macro-nutrients. Necessary for human health, yes, but not found exclusively in animal products. Because protein is so prominent and so concentrated in animal products, those who can afford meats and dairy often consume excessive amounts of protein. Once thought to be harmless, we have come to learn that many of the chronic diseases that overburden our medical system, and make aging people miserable, results from a lifetime of eating too much protein.
Protein is only a tiny fraction of the whole story of staying healthy.
To get healthier, or to stay in peak health, a person must consume an extensive number of nutrients, not just one of the macro nutrients. Another class of nutrients must also be consumed and done so in vast quantities.
That other class of nutrients is labelled MICRO-NUTRIENTS. Micro-nutrients are the true miracle of nature and human health.
Most of the vitamins in vitamin supplements are synthesized from the micro-nutrients originally derived from plant foods, not animal. Beyond that, almost no supplement can offer the variety and number of nutrients found in plant food.
Scientists readily admit there are tens of thousands of enzymes, molecules, aka, nutrients, in plant foods that have yet to be discovered. Animal products? Not so much. Those scientists readily admit that those tens of thousands of molecules interact within the human body in ways that science may never fully be able to unravel, yet, are essential to longevity and optimum human health.
Articles appear with increasing frequency announcing the discovery of some new enzyme or molecule in plant-based foods that, when extracted and administered in pharmacological-concentrations have startling effects at treating human disease.
One class of plant molecules is called FLAVONOID. In that classification alone there is nearly 10,000 different molecules. The body needs all of them. Imagine trying to stuff that into a synthetic vitamin pill?! It’d be a vitamin pill the size of a two-story mansion!
Recently, researchers in China discovered that Rhamnazin, a flavonoid, has protective activity against acute lung injury. See end Note 1 That’s just one of the discoveries that have excited scientists in the fields of nutrition and medicine.
Another exciting molecular discovery that researchers have been studying for quite some time, but, recently, has ignited excitement among researchers is the molecule Sulphoraphane. Found where? Not in animal products. It is found in a group of plant foods known as cruciferous vegetables. The most common crucifer you may be familiar with is: broccoli.
Dr. Rhonda Patrick urges us to pay attention to a special pathway of the human body, “one of the most important biological pathways you could possibly take the time to learn about: the NRF2 pathway.” See end Note 2 That NRF2 pathway is strongly affected by a molecule found in cruciferous vegetables. According to Patrick, there is so much to say about it that she produced a jam-packed video but conveniently breaks the information into understandable information in key sections. It’s effects on cancer and mortality, aging and the brain and behavior.
If that is not enough to encourage you to reduce the meat and dairy on your plates and, instead, to gorge on whole-plant based foods, here’s one more for you, especially if you hit the gym regularly or are a more serious athlete. Though exercisers tend to live longer, their arteries take quite a beating, called lesions. Plenty of research has been done that proves that veggie-based diets go a long way to reversing those lesions in arteries. In short, veggies help the scrapes and bruises inside your arteries to heal better and faster. But in addition to that good news is the even better news, for athletes. A focus on whole-plant-based foods can offer advantages that animal-based products can not offer.
Plant-based regimes, “…consistently been shown to reduce body fat, leading to a leaner body composition…foster effective glycogen storage… improve vascular flow and tissue oxygenation…reduce oxidative stress… reduce indicators of inflammation… plant-based diets may present safety and performance advantages for endurance athletes.” See end Note 3
The above are only a few of the thousands of discoveries taking place involving the tens of thousands of nutrients, (molecules and enzymes), found in whole-food plant based nourishment. If you want to enjoy an opportunity to control or even reverse chronic disease, avoid or reverse heart and brain problems, do some research on your own into the merits of a whole-plant based lifestyle.
Of course, the above information assumes a wholesale commitment to, and a lifetime of eating, whole-plant-based foods. And because whole-plant based foods are micro-nutrient dense, calorie for calorie when compared to animal products, it fits well into the other branches of research which are demonstrating that a “calorie-restricted” diet and “interval fasting” are health-promoting lifestyles. To bring out the logic here: wouldn’t you want as much nutrients in each mouthful is you are going to be eating much less each day?
Calorie-restricted diets and interval fasting throws into question the concept of high-protein-low-carbohydrate diets and that crazy notion of high-fat-keto diets. Sure, one can lose weight and improve blood markers, TEMPORARILY, by throwing the body into what amounts to states of deprivation, but in time, the severe lack of micro-nutrients will catch up to and harm the body.
Maybe it is time for you and your friends to seriously pay attention to the recent revelations emerging in the field of nutrition and medical research.
To get you started, visit your favorite bookseller and look up books written in easy-to-understand language by any of the following MEDICAL DOCTORS who follow plant-based protocols to help stop and even reverse many chronic diseases: Joel Fuhrman, John A. McDougall, Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr., Neal D. Barnard. And, do check Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s interview with Joe Rogan. It’s a blast and very informative: “Joe Rogan Experience #901 – Dr. Rhonda Patrick“. You’ll be one of almost 2 MILLION people who are much more enlightened, and Rogan makes it is very entertaining.
1)- “ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS OF RHAMNAZIN ON LIPOPOLYSACCHARIDE-INDUCED ACUTE LUNG INJURY AND INFLAMMATION IN RATS”, By GuoRong Wu1, XiaoPing Dai1, XiangRong Li1, et al., District People’s Hospital, Changzhou, Jiangsu 213200, China. Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med., (2017) 14 (4): 201-212. https://doi.org/10.21010/ajtcam.v14i4.23.
2)- “Sulforaphane and Its Effects on Cancer, Mortality, Aging, Brain and Behavior, Heart Disease, & More” By Dr. Rhonda Patrick, (PhD.) Posted on December 14th 2016. https://www.foundmyfitness.com/episodes/sulforaphane
3)- “Plant-Based Diets for Cardiovascular Safety and Performance in Endurance Sports”, By Neal D. Barnard, David M. Goldman, James F. Loomis, et al. Nutrients 2019, 11(1), 130; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11010130.