It is commonly thought that those who eat plant-based diets may be more prone to iron deficiency, but it turns out that they’re no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than anybody else. This may be because not only do those eating meat-free diets tend to get more fiber, magnesium, and vitamins like A, C, and E, but they also get more iron.
The iron found predominantly in plants is non-heme iron, which isn’t absorbed as well as the heme iron found in blood and muscle, but this may be a good thing. As seen in my video, The Safety of Heme vs. Non-Heme Iron , avoidance of heme iron may be one of the key elements of plant-based protection against metabolic syndrome, and may also be beneficial in lowering the risk from other chronic diseases such as heart disease.
The data linking coronary heart disease and the intake of iron, in general, has been mixed. This inconsistency of evidence may be because of where the iron comes from. The majority of total dietary iron is non-heme iron, coming mostly from plants. So, total iron intake is associated with lower heart disease risk, but iron intake from meat is associated with significantly higher risk for heart disease. This is thought to be because iron can act as a pro-oxidant, contributing to the development of atherosclerosis by oxidizing cholesterol with free radicals. The risk has been quantified as a 27% increase in coronary heart disease risk for every 1 milligram of heme iron consumed daily.
The same has been found for stroke risk. The studies on iron intake and stroke have had conflicting results, but that may be because they had never separated out heme iron from non-heme iron… until now. Researchers found that the intake of meat (heme) iron, but not plant (non-heme) iron, was associated with an increased risk of stroke.
The researchers also found that higher intake of heme iron—but not total or plant (non-heme) iron—was significantly associated with greater risk for type 2 diabetes. There may be a 16% increase in risk for type 2 diabetes for every 1 milligram of heme iron consumed daily.
The same has also been found for cancer, with up to 12% increased risk for every milligram of daily heme iron exposure. In fact, we can actually tell how much meat someone is eating by looking at their tumors. To characterize the mechanisms underlying meat-related lung cancer development, researchers asked lung cancer patients how much meat they ate and examined the gene expression patterns in their tumors. They identified a signature pattern of heme-related gene expression. Although they looked specifically at lung cancer, they expect these meat-related gene expression changes may occur in other cancers as well.
We do need to get enough iron, but only about 3% of premenopausal white women have iron deficiency anemia these days. However, the rates are worse in African and Mexican Americans. Taking into account our leading killers—heart disease, cancer, and diabetes—the healthiest source of iron appears to be non-heme iron, found naturally in abundance in whole grains, beans, split peas, chickpeas, lentils, dark green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.
But how much money can be made on beans, though? The processed food industry came up with a blood-based crisp bread, made out of rye flour and blood from cattle and pigs, which is one of the most concentrated sources of heme iron, about two-thirds more than blood from chickens. If blood-based crackers don’t sound particularly appetizing, you can always snack on cow blood cookies . And, there are always blood-filled biscuits , whose filling has been described as “a dark-colored, chocolate flavored paste with a very pleasant taste.” (It’s dark-colored because spray-dried pig blood can have a darkening effect on the food product’s color.) The worry is not the color or taste, it’s the heme iron, which, because of its potential cancer risk, is not considered safe to add to foods intended for the general population.
Previously, I’ve touched on the double-edged iron sword in Risk Associated With Iron Supplements and Phytates for the Prevention of Cancer . It may also help answer Why Was Heart Disease Rare in the Mediterranean?
Those eating plant-based diets get more of most nutrients since whole plant foods are so nutrient dense. See Nutrient-Dense Approach to Weight Management .
Michael Greger, M.D.
Award Recognizes Young Living and Ketchum’s Work for “The Lavender Room,” a Visual and Sensorial Experience
LEHI, Utah, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Young Living™ Essential Oils , the world leader in essential oils and industry pioneer, took home the 2017 Silver Anvil Award for Events & Observances—Seven or Fewer Days (Consumer Events) for “The Lavender Room” at last week’s award ceremony held in New York, which is sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The Silver Anvil Awards are among the most prestigious in the public relations industry and recognize the best of the best in brand communications and public relations.
In December 2016, Young Living—a brand passionate about sharing whole-life wellness with the world—was eager to provide New Yorkers an opportunity to “take a breather” during the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. Through a partnership with leading global public relations firm Ketchum, its agency of record, Young Living developed an essential oil-infused pop-up installation along Fifth Avenue at Union Square in New York City. The Lavender Room—part meditative space and part sampling and pop-up shop—immersed busy New Yorkers in the relaxing bliss of Young Living’s Lavender essential oil and featured a quiet Zen-like room with a forest of more than 5,000 stems of fresh lavender. Passersby were invited inside The Lavender Room to sit for a few moments in peace and relaxation.
“During one of the most wonderful but stressful times of the year, we wanted to invite New Yorkers to take a quiet moment to re-center in this uniquely peaceful space. The installation brought to life the power of pure essential oils through scent, and it created a haven of calm amidst the holiday hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue to raise brand awareness and share the benefits of Young Living essential oils,” said Andrea Neipp, Senior Director of Global Brand Awareness at Young Living Essential Oils.
“Young Living is honored to be recognized for extraordinary communications work among such highly regarded PR campaigns,” said Jared Turner, Chief Operating Officer at Young Living Essential Oils. “Our quality commitment doesn’t just apply to our products; it is also reflected in the caliber of talent and expertise among our employees and staff within every department in the company.”
Young Living Essential Oils is the modern-day champion of pure essential oils and distillation and continues its passionate commitment to empower individuals to whole-life wellness.
Amway India along with the National Association for the Blind has set up a Braille library for the visually impaired students at the Knowledge Centre for the Disabled here.
Social Welfare Minister Bijita Nath today formally inaugurated the library, the fifth such libraries being set up by Amway India across Eastern and Northeastern regions after Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Siliguri and Aizawl. Amway India has set up 31 Braille Libraries in India under National project for the Blind. In East, Amway India has set up four more such Braille libraries at Guwahati, Shillong, Patna and Ranchi, a press release said. The library will offer Braille versions of a variety of books and journals and CDs ranging from academic books, fiction, self-help, general knowledge for the benefit of more than 150 visually impaired students who otherwise have limited access to books. The Library is also equipped with computers that would enable students to access more than 30 CDs.
Green tea may help with athlete’s foot, dental plaque, acne, impetigo, and bladder infections, but if it’s so good at killing bacteria, what about our gut flora?
(PRWEB) Lexli International, the premier line of aloe vera skin care, is proud to announce a new scholarship program, intended to support those currently training for a career in the esthetics industry. Through the Lexli Esthetic Scholarship program, two $1,000 awards will be granted annually – one in August and another in February – to individuals who demonstrate both a passion for skin care and the talent to be a leader in the field.
“The esthetic industry continues to experience impressive growth as consumers discover the essential role that skin care professionals play in helping them achieve skin that is beautiful and healthy,” said Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, founder and lead product formulator at Lexli Skin Care. “As a skin care brand that is sold through estheticians, we believe it is vital that we support those pursuing a career in the field and are, therefore, excited to introduce this scholarship program.”
Lexli is accepting applications through August 15 for the first Lexli Esthetic Scholarship. To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least one graded cycle in an esthetic program at an accredited esthetic or cosmetology school. To apply, students must submit a custom YouTube video that answers one of the following questions: 1) Why do you want to be an esthetician 2) Why is proper skin care essential or 3) What is your vision for the future of esthetics. Additionally, applicants must complete the scholarship application and submit a letter of recommendation. Full scholarship details and the application form can be found at http://www.lexli.com/scholarship/ .
In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, which may be applied to tuition and/or education-related expenses, the recipient will also receive a Lexli Professional Introduction Kit, valued at more than $500, which includes Lexli products and collateral materials.
Founded in 1996 by Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, a board-certified plastic surgeon and noted aloe researcher, Lexli is the premier line of aloe vera skin care products. The company offers a full-range of advanced solutions for daily skin maintenance, specific skin concerns and the signs of aging, including AloeGlyC®, the advanced facial glycolic acid exfoliator; Lightening Lift, a unique aloe vera face mask; and the Acne Kit, one of the most potent and comprehensive acne treatments available over-the-counter.
Lexli products are sold by licensed skin care professionals throughout the United States and in select countries worldwide, as well as online at the Lexli website.
MUNICH and KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —
Wirecard, the leading company for payment and internet technology, is in collaboration with Amway, the world’s no 1 direct selling company as rated by the Direct Selling News Global 100*. Wirecard provided a single integrated omni-channel payment transaction platform for Amway Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore. This allows Amway to have a single payment interface without dealing with integration complexity with multiple acquirers and various payment methods for both in-store and online transactions.
Beyond transaction authorisation, the platform that Wirecard provides enables a single consolidated view of all transactions across all channels in a single portal, allowing user-defined queries for a greater understanding of payment information which is useful to finance.
“We are delighted that we’ve partnered with Amway Business Services Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd. to deliver shared services to Amway’s business across the region to customers in Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore. Our collaboration allows Amway to leverage on Wirecard’s infrastructure and capability and move beyond the conventional payment modes to offer transaction payment solutions to Amway’s customers”, said Jeffry Ho, Regional Managing Director at Wirecard.
*Published in the June 2017 edition of Direct Selling News, based on 2016 revenue.