Plant-based diets like vegetarianism and veganism that focus on increased intake of vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans, nuts and other products have been known to impart a number of health benefits. Now, a new study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology says that a plant-based diet could be effective in reducing bleeding that’s a common symptom of gingivitis, an inflammatory gum condition while promoting other health benefits like weight loss and a rise in Vitamin D levels. The researchers also observed that the prevalence of gingivitis among people could particularly be a result of the western diet which is high in animal proteins and low in fresh vegetables and fruits and hence could cause inflammation.
It’s not just gingivitis that a plant-based diet can help treat. Here are some other ways in which your health could get a boost from a plant-based diet:
Lower risk of heart diseases: Plant-based diets could help lower the bad cholesterol and hence significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases.
Lower risk of obesity: A study noted that people who ate largely a plant-based diet with moderate consumption of red meat had a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) and body fat mass later in life. A lot of plant foods are low in calories and fats.
Lower risk of complications in those with Type-2 diabetes: A study in the journal Clinical Nutrition said that plant-based diets may improve glycemic control, lower cholesterol and help people with Type 2 diabetes lose weight. This also means that it will reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, which is one of the major causes of death among diabetics.
Lower risk of environmental damage: A plant-based diet is better for the environment than n animal-based one because there is fewer greenhouse emissions, less need for livestock farming, less air, land and water pollution and less global warming, according to the research published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.
Lower risk of sexual health problems: From erectile dysfunction to premature ejaculation, poor quality of sperms to low libido, a vegetarian diet can help you keep your sexual organs and sexual health intact, according to tot several studies. A study showed that a healthy plant-based diet like the Mediterranean diet can help your body maintain good blood circulation throughout the body including the groin area and hence help deal with erection problems.