A VEGETARIAN DIET CAN SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASE GALLSTONE RISK AND GALLBLADDER SYMPTOMS
There are various aspects of a vegetarian diet that directly benefit overall health and decrease the toxin load typically associated with a typical Western diet. These toxins are known to cause the formation of gallstones and come with a myriad of gallbladder symptoms.
There are several different types of gallstones and each can develop under varying circumstances. Forming within the gallbladder, a small, pear-shaped organ located under the liver, gallstones are crystals created by an accumulation of built-up cholesterol and other toxins. This substance comes from bile, a viscous fluid secreted into the small intestine by the gallbladder in order to help the body digest fat. When the bile is unable to break down cholesterol, it becomes saturated with cholesterol proteins, thickening to become deposits known as cholesterol gallstones, the most common form of gallstone. Gallstones can also form in the liver, since that is where bile is manufactured.
Established as the second-most common type of gallstones, the pigment gallstone is divided into two subsections: black pigment gallstones and brown pigment gallstones. Pigment is waste produced by the chemical which carries oxygen in red blood cells, hemoglobin. Once the hemoglobin from old red blood cells is destroyed, it transforms into a chemical known as bilirubin, which is filtered out of the blood by the liver. The liver then modifies the bilirubin and secretes it into the bile to be eliminated from the body.
Brown Pigment Gallstones
Then the gallbladder’s contractions are reduced or the flow of bile through ducts is obstructed, bacteria and toxins can rise into bile ducts and gallbladder from the duodenum. Combining with the modified bilirubin, the toxins coalesce to form pigment. The toxins and fats in the bile then mix with the pigment and develop into gallstones, brown-ish in color and softer than black pigment gallstones.
Black Pigment Gallstones
The formation of pigment can also occur when there is an excess of bilirubin in the bile, which can combine with other particles and toxins. Named for their color, a black pigment gallstone is hard, comprised of a buildup of bile, pigment, cholesterol, and other harmful toxins.
THE IMPACT OF A VEGETARIAN DIET ON THE FORMATION OF GALLSTONES
Lowering Risks For Gallstones In Women
Utilizing realtime ultrasonography (3), medical researchers compared the number of occurrences of gallstone development in two groups of women, aged 40 to 69; a total of 762 women between both groups. Doctors were able to detect gallstones via ultrasonography in 156 of the 632 women who ate meat – approximately 25% of the omnivores within the study. By contrast, only 15 of the 130 vegetarian women – roughly 12% – had detectable gallstones by the completion of the study. Other studies conducted with vegans and vegetarians (4) have shown that, on average, they possess both a lower BMI and lower plasma cholesterol concentration, both factors that can help to reduce the potential for gallstone development and gallbladder symptoms.
REDUCING YOUR RISKS FOR GALLSTONES
Most notably, it has been established that, like most diseases, gallstones are caused by a buildup of toxicity. A change in diet can be extreme for some, but it can be worth working towards. The goal should be to cleanse the body, focusing on the gallbladder and liver – the two most essential organs for filtering unwanted wastes from your system.
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(3) F Pixley, D Wilson, K McPherson, J Mann Effect of Vegetarianism on Development of Gall Stones in Women. Indian J Med Sci. 2003 Sep;57(9):387-93. PMID: 3926039
(4) TJ Key, PN Appleby, MS Rosell Health Effects of Vegetarian and Vegan Diets. Proc Nutr Soc. 2006 Feb;65(1):35-41. PMID: 16441942