According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 75% of our nation’s healthcare costs are tied to the treatment of preventable conditions that are lifestyle-related, including diet. Among that list of preventable conditions is heart disease, currently the #1 killer in the United States.
The Plantrician Project is one organization on a mission to address this issue. They work to educate physicians and healthcare practitioner on the indisputable benefits of plant-based nutrition, specific to reversing and preventing disease. More specifically, they are raising awareness on heart disease and the role of the endothelial cell (EC) in its development. As it turns out, you can actually prevent and reverse heart disease by saving your endothelial cells!
What is an endothelial cell (EC) anyway? Well, ECs account for about 1 kilogram of an adult human body, and their main job is to provide a barrier between the blood and the rest of the body tissues. Its considered a healer and protector cell. In the brain, for example, these cells act like a sieve, restricting the passage of large molecules, toxic substances, and bacteria into the brain tissue while allowing necessary molecules like oxygen, enzymes, and hormones to go through. They also allow waste substances like carbon dioxide produced by neurons to diffuse out of the brain and back into the blood.
The video below is a fun, informative introduction to endothelial cells, their primary function in the body and how they are positively and negatively impacted by the foods we choose to eat.