Not long ago, an article published by Natural News stated that if a person really wants to prevent disease,
he may need to stay away from steak and get close to fruits and vegetables.
Studies have found that plant-based diets are the best way to improve physical fitness and prevent life-threatening diseases.
This is because plants are rich in a class of compounds called phytonutrients -- chemicals that protect plants from bacteria, viruses,
and fungi, and even protect plants from solar radiation. Although the mechanism of action of phytonutrients and vitamins or minerals is different,
they can still maintain the body's best physiological functions and prevent diseases.
An article published in the US “Internal Medicine Literature” in December 2017 stated that scientific evidence shows that
eating phytochemical-rich diets (fruits and vegetables) reduces the risk of certain diseases (eg, cardiovascular disease, diabetes). And some types of cancer).
Researchers point out that many studies have confirmed that a healthy lifestyle can reduce the disease.
It is therefore necessary to go even further and pay special attention to the antioxidant and anti-cancer properties of diets rich in phytonutrients.
Surprisingly, a single vegetable can contain up to 100 different phytonutrients. Scientists estimate that there are about 4000 such powerful compounds in the world.
Phytonutrients are exceptionally effective and they form the basis of more than 40% of all drugs.
Louis Premkumar, professor of pharmacology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, points out that for centuries there has been a convention:
The combination of healthy foods with exotic spices and condiments provides vital help to prevent diseases and promote longevity.
This argument is not groundless, because there is evidence that in some parts of the world, local people enjoy a healthy wellbeing and have a longer lifespan because of a healthy diet.
For example, members of the Jewish Sabbath society who eat on vegan diets are less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer;
the Kuna Indians in Panama will consume a large amount of unprocessed cocoa drinks. The incidence of heart disease is also very low. In recent years,
researchers have found that Mediterranean diets such as olive oil, fresh produce, fish, and wine have been shown to reduce the incidence of serious illness compared to Western-style diets.