This 32-patient retrospective study found that the LIFE diet, or similar dark-green leafy vegetable-rich, whole-food plant-based diets, may benefit patients with disorders of iron overload and iron-induced oxidative stress. Patients who adhered to the LIFE diet during the study period had greater reductions in ferritin than nonadherent patients.
Excess iron can be toxic and has been implicated in many diseases, including hemochromatosis, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, age-related macular degeneration, stroke, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cancer, and even severe disease from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The LIFE diet, therefore, may offer a fast, effective, and safe way to chelate bodily iron, thereby treating iron overload and reducing the risk for these chronic diseases.
Published June, 2022 in the medical journal Current Developments in Nutrition. (Perzia et al.)