Health studies: Vegetable diet prevents serious inflammation

Vegetable diet is good for your health
In Germany alone, around one million people are vegan. Instead of animal foods such as meat, fish, milk, eggs and honey, they rely on herbal food. In addition to ethical and ecological reasons, health foods also speak in favor of the vegetarian diet. Because this diet reduces the risk of inflammation, as researchers have now found out.

Obesity is often associated with chronic inflammation, which increases the risk of certain diseases. A plant-based diet can reduce this risk.(Image: Yasonya / Obesity is often associated with chronic inflammation that increases the risk of certain diseases. A plant-based diet can reduce this risk.(Image: Yasonya /

Obesity is often associated with chronic inflammation
A team of scientists led by Krasimira Aleksandrova and Fabian Eichelmann of the German Institute of Human Nutrition( DIfE) has evaluated 29 scientific papers that the effects of a plant-based diet on theInflammatory marker levels of overweight people studied. Important to know: "Obesity is often associated with chronic inflammation, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer," the institute wrote in a statement.

Overweight Can Reduce Health Risks with Vegetable Diet
As the meta-analysis published in the journal "Obesity Reviews" shows, the values ​​of the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein( CRP) decreased by an average of 0.55 compared to a control dietmg / l and the values ​​for interleukin-6 by 0.25 ng / l.

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"Our results thus indicate that obese people significantly improve their inflammatory marker profile through a plant-based dietmay even be able to help a lot to prevent so-called folk diseases such as heart attack and diabetes, "said study leader Aleksandrova.

"A plant-based diet is defined to be based primarily on foods such as vegetables, grains, legumes and fruits. In addition, it contains no or very little meat, but may include moderate amounts of eggs, dairy products and fish, "said first author Eichelmann.

number of obese people is increasing
As stated in the message store the body's fat deposits not only energy, but also release messengers. Because some of these substances promote inflammatory processes in the body, inflammatory marker levels in the blood of overweight people are often elevated. A condition that in turn is associated with a significantly increased risk of metabolic diseases.

Since not only in Germany, but also worldwide, the number of people with obesity is increasing, researchers and physicians are also looking for scientifically based nutritional strategies that help to stay healthy despite an excessive body weight.

Derive recommendations from investigation
Although observational and intervention studies have already suggested in the past that a plant-based diet counteracts overweight-related inflammatory responses. However, the observed effects were sometimes weak.

"Therefore, we performed a comprehensive, systematic literature review and summarized the individual results of corresponding intervention studies for the first time to form an overall result. This makes it possible to better assess the effect size of such a diet on the emergence of chronic inflammation. An important prerequisite for deriving recommendations, "explained Eichelmann.

The current analysis examined all eligible nutritional studies that appeared in Medline, EMBASE and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials from January 1946 to January 2016.Of the 2,583 studies identified, only 29 publications, with data from a total of 2,689 study participants between the ages of 28 and 68, met the selection criteria set for the meta-analysis.

Sick By Overweight
More and more people around the world are suffering from overweight and obesity. In Germany alone, seven million patients were on therapy for obesity in the penultimate year. Too much weight increases the risk, among other things, for coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, respiratory diseases and cancer. According to health experts, a strong overweight can cost around ten years of life reasons enough to develop effective counter-strategies.(ad)

Plant-Driven Nutrition Helps Health
surveys suggest that fewer and fewer people eat meat. They also do good for their health. Because researchers have now found that the omission of animal foods can reduce the risk of inflammation.

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