Vegans live longer and have a lower environmental impact! Furthermore, the vegan diet is protective against cancer, implicated in the cure of cancer and is used in many alternative cures. There is a huge body of research concerning the anti-cancer and the general health-giving properties of phytochemicals (active stuff in plants). For example, the group of flavonoids called anthocyanins (found in purple corn and blueberries) which are highly ‘anti-radical’ and have a strong ‘antioxidant capacity’. That is, they are protective against cancer.
Cancer is a nasty, shocking word with awful connotations right across the whole world. A recent article on Huffington Post reports on the vegan diet and cancer incidence. Basically, this is much lower amongst vegans compared to vegetarians and meat-eaters. This is not surprising given the propensity for alternative cancer therapies to propose vegan or near vegan diets as part of the therapy. An example is Gerson Therapy, which has been around since before the Second World War and claims very high success rates for curing late stage cancer. Continue reading →