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Flashback Friday: Biblical Daniel Fast Put to the Test

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Within a matter of weeks, participants placed on the vegan diet outlined by the prophet Daniel experienced improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin levels, insulin resistance, and C-reactive protein levels, a marker of inflammation within the body.

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Also see the prequel video, Tightening the Bible Belt (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/tightening-the-bible-belt/). Can the drop in biomarkers of inflammation actually translate into an improvement in inflammatory disease progression, though? See Dietary Treatment of Crohn’s Disease (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/achieving-remission-of-crohns-disease/) and Diet & Rheumatoid Arthritis (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/diet-rheumatoid-arthritis/).

The decrease in inflammation is likely a combination of the anti-inflammatory effects of many plant foods (see Fighting Inflammation in a Nut Shell: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/fighting-inflammation-in-a-nut-shell/), and the pro-inflammatory effects of animal foods (see the three-video series ending with Dead Meat Bacteria Endotoxemia: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/dead-meat-bacteria-endotoxemia/).

The improvement in antioxidant capacity is also not unexpected, given the different Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/antioxidant-power-of-plant-foods-versus-animal-foods/).

Since this video originally came out, I have published a lot more on inflammation (nutritionfacts.org/topics/inflammation) and antioxidants (nutritionfacts.org/topics/antioxidants).

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