Managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Part 3

Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet in Treating CFS

It is known that plant-based foods contain more than 100,000 different disease-preventing nutrients—more specifically, more than 100,000 phyto-nutrients.

Phyto is the Greek word for plant. 

Good Examples of the phytonutrients contained in plant-based foods:

Blueberries have anthocyanins that may help with memory

Tomatoes are rich in the red pigment lycopene, which may help target heart disease and cancer

Ginger has gingerols that may help with hypertension

Intake of citrus has been associated with reduced stroke risk perhaps thanks to its phytonutrient hesperidin, which appears to increase blood flow throughout the body, including the brain.

The list is extensive!! And we can’t just take these phytonutrients in a pill.

When it comes to food, the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts. Beta carotene pills, for example, may actually increase cancer risk, as opposed to the whole carrot, which may lower our risk. Who could swallow 100,000 pills a day anyway?

Hundreds of phytonutrients have been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. Six months of consuming the phytonutrients curcumin, the bright-yellow pigment in turmeric, and quercetin, which is found naturally in such fruits and vegetables as red onions and grapes, appeared to decrease the number and size of polyps by more than half in patients with a hereditary form of colorectal cancer. And many phytonutrients may help block the formation of new blood vessels that feed tumors, and others appear to defend against toxic invaders. Researchers found that phytonutrients in such plant foods as fruits, vegetables, tea leaves, and beans can block the effects of dioxins in vitro, for example. Having phytonutrient levels in the bloodstream achieved by eating three apples a day or a tablespoon of red onion appeared to cut dioxin toxicity in half. As these phytonutrient effects lasted only a few hours, we should make sure to eat healthy foods at every meal.

One of the best sources of phytonutrients is in SOY:

SOY ISOFLAVONES

  • Are antioxidants
  • Are the active components in the soy bean responsible for 75% of the beneficial effects of soy-based foods in human health
  • Have anti-inflammatory properties

Functions of Soy Isoflavones:

  1. When oestrogen levels are high isoflavones block the more potent forms of oestrogen produced by the body. This may help prevent hormone-driven diseases, such as breast and prostate cancer.
  2. When oestrogen levels are low  (after menopause)  isoflavones substitute for the body’s own oestrogen
    • reduce hot flushes
    • may assist in ↑bone mineral density which will assist in preventing osteoporosis
  3. Proven cholesterol-lowering effects
    • assist in the prevention of hyperlipidaemias and CVD
  4. Lowers blood pressure in those with hypertension (but not in normotensive subjects) 2012

How much Soy Isoflavones are necessary to obtain health benefits?

  • Most experts say that one should obtain the soy isoflavones required from food (not capsules).
  • 1-2 servings a day will most likely provide adequate soya isoflavones: (40-60mg)
    • 1 serving =         
    • 1 cup soya milk / soy-based drink (SOYA LIFE MEAL REPLACEMENT DRINK)
    • ½ cup (50g) soya porridge (SOYA LIFE PORRIDGE)

The benefits of plant-based diets in managing CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME are worth the effort!

Use a WIDE VARIETY OF VEGETABLES, FRUITS, SEEDS, NUTS, AND LEGUMES.

Include SOYA foods and drinks DAILY.

Within days – one feels better, and the health benefits experienced over the subsequent weeks and months to come are vast!

ENJOY FEELING GOOD!!