Your Food, Your Blood, and Your Health

Ok, we’re not trying to gross anyone out here on a Monday, but could the key to a healthier you be in the blood? Here at the 3B (BerryBreezeBlog), we’re always looking for insight into the relationship between a healthy diet and a higher quality of life, and recently we’ve come across a dietary approach that focuses on the unique biochemical make up of your blood. According to the Eat Right for Your Blood Type Diet, devleoped by Peter J. D’Adamo, ND and advocated by Dr. Rami Cohen of the Cohen Lifestyle Program, eating certain foods will maximize your metabolism and help you avoid illness, but those foods differ from someone with Type AB positive and Type O negative. Basically, it breaks down like this:

Type A: People with Type A blood should basically stick to fruits and vegetables (high carbs / low fat).They have thicker blood than other blood types, a sensitive immune system, and should not consume dairy products, animal fats, meats, and some grains. They are at a heightened risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

Type B: Folks with Type B blood should consume a balanced diet (fruits and vegetables, grains, fish, dairy, meat, but avoid chicken).  They have the best chance of bypassing or overcoming everyday types of diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

Type AB: If your blood is Type AB, you should consume a mostly vegetarian diet, and only on rare occasions some fish, meat (no chicken), and dairy.

Type O: People with Type O blood should basically stick to a high protein diet (including red meat), low carbs, and enriched with fruits and vegetables.  They should limit the intake of wheat germ, whole wheat products, corn, and avoid dairy products and most nuts. Type O types are commonly affected with hypothyroidism, high stomach acid (leading to ulcers), and thinner blood with greater resistance to blood clotting.

Why do the different blood types matter? The way it works is that lectins cause clotting of blood cells in someone with the wrong blood type, which in some cases can create serious liver or kidney problems. Also, elevated urine indican levels, which are present in gastrointestinal diseases such as celiac disease, diverticulitis, pancreatic insufficiency, inflammatory bowel diseases and others, can also be attributed to specific blood types affecting the interactions of foods with intestinal bacteria, and creating polyamine abnormalities. Additionally, different blood types affect the body’s secretory performance in respect to digestive juices, so a Type O individual, for instance, is capable of producing higher than average stomach acid levels. Higher acid levels could lead to a greater incidence of gastric ulcers.

Not everyone is buying this, however. Acucell.com, a site which provides research data on vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, diets, supplements, MLM products, and the nutritional status of various medical conditions in relation to cellular nutrition and intracellular chemistry, recently published an article that took issue with the blood type approach. Specifically, it be impractical or pointless to suggest dietary changes for preventive or therapeutic purposes. There is such a large variety of possible causes for disorders and illnesses. The same circumstances apply when trying to formulate diets around blood types for any other medical disorders, as not one single disease is exclusive to a particular blood type. Beyond that, the article points out that the dietary changes people make are generally considered to be beneficial regardless of blood type.

It’s a fascinating assertion worth following as the research continues. What do you think? Have you had any experience with “Eat-Right-for-Your-Type”? Leave a comment below!