“According to a study conducted in 2005, scientists have learned that blood taken from vegans is 8 times more effective at killing cancer cells than blood taken from those following a Standard American Diet” (Froelich). Studies have shown that committing to a vegan diet for just two weeks can notably improve your overall health. Veganism is simply defined as “a person who does not eat or use animal products” (dictionary.com). The vegan diet has been proven to help maintain a healthy heart, and it may offer some protection from type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.
There are numerous cases in which a vegan diet has greatly benefited the state and well-being of a person in critical health. Cancer is a life threatening disease which has no definite cure, but there are steps you can take to slow the production of cancer cells. Veganism suppresses cancer in the body by killing off cancer cells at an accelerated rate. One type of cancer that the vegan diet is most effective towards is breast cancer. “After reviewing the latest research, responsible medical experts, including those with the American Cancer Society and New York’s Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, have come to a consensus: Women should eat a plant-based diet rich in phytochemicals, which fight inflammation and knock out carcinogens” (Moore).
Phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants, they are found in vegetables, fruits, beans, and other types of plants. The main purpose of these compounds are to protect cells from damage that could stimulate cancer. Researchers at Boston University did a test which continued for 12 years that involved over 50,000 African American women. According to their results, “1,300 of them developed breast cancer, and 35 percent of the cases were estrogen receptor-negative, a highly aggressive form of the disease” (Moore). But they found that women that ate two or more servings of veggies a day were 43 percent less likely to develop highly aggressive breast cancer than those who ate less than four servings of vegetables per week.