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Plant, Animal Diet Common Ground?

From eNewsletter 3/22/2023

DID YOU KNOW that if you are supplementing with flaxseed or evening primrose oil, you had better know your FADS genotype? We have cited numerous studies over the years showing that mutations of the FADS gene impairs your ability to process omega-6 fatty acids, or oils such as flaxseed, into anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. The latest study from Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found once again that those supplementing with flaxseed with the intent of reducing inflammation saw the opposite effect because they had either one or both mutations of the FADS gene. In these individuals, we still recommend ground flaxseed as a fiber source or to help menopausal symptoms, but not for the same anti-inflammatory purpose that omega-3 fatty acids provide. The only guaranteed anti-inflammatory source for these individuals is fish oil. You can screen for FADS genotype in our Pure Genomics wellness screening.


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Plant or Animal Diet Caveat

Steve: Have two new studies set the groundwork for common ground between the plant- and animal-based diet camps? The message is simple: if you eat a supremely healthy diet, the chances for major health events goes down. A study from Clinical Nutrition found that in subjects who adhered to either a healthy plant-based diet or a healthy animal-based diet, their risk was much lower for major adverse cardiovascular events. In subjects who adhered to an unhealthy plant-based diet or an unhealthy animal-based diet, their risk was much higher for major adverse cardiovascular events. Another study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who adhered to an unhealthy plant-based diet had a significantly increased risk of breast cancer compared with those who ate a healthy plant-based diet. There are caveats for plant-based diet eaters in developed countries. To eat healthy takes an extreme amount of work because so many plant-based foods are now ultra-processed, making it even harder to stick to a healthy plant-based diet. In addition, you need to supplement with multiple micronutrients that cannot be gleaned from plants. Finally, as we have said many times, if you are blood type 'O', you will have little chance of thriving on a plant-based diet. That said, I love the message that these studies are sending: just eat healthy.


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