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MACROBIOTIC DIET

Macrobiotic Diet

What is it?

The macrobiotic diet is a diet that stresses vegetarianism and eating whole, healthy foods. Some versions of the macrobiotic diet include dairy, fish, and occasional meat consumption. 

People try the macrobiotic diet for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate..

The effectiveness ratings for MACROBIOTIC DIET are as follows:

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for…

  • Diabetes.
  •  A specific macrobiotic diet called the Ma-Pi 2 diet has been evaluated in people with diabetes. Early research suggests that this macrobiotic diet might improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes when used short-term. But this diet is very low calorie, and there is evidence that using this macrobiotic diet short-term may cause rapid weight loss that might worsen bone health in people with diabetes. It’s also unclear if this macrobiotic diet is safe or effective when used long-term.
  • High cholesterol. Early research found that a macrobiotic diet is linked to lower total cholesterol levels and an improved ratio of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good”) cholesterol to total cholesterol in men. It’s unknown if the macrobiotic diet lowers cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol.
  • Cancer.
  • Colon cancer.
  • Endometriosis.
  • Gallstones.
  • Heart disease.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Hormone imbalances.
  • Kidney stones.
  • Menopausal symptoms.
  • Metabolic disorders.
  • Obesity.
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Swelling in the joints (bursitis).
  • Swelling or infection in the digestive tract.
  • Tendonitis.
  • Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of macrobiotic diet for these uses.

The macrobiotic diet seems to reduce inflammation. Certain macrobiotic diets might also help to balance bacteria in the gut.

The macrobiotic diet is POSSIBLY SAFE when it includes dairy, fish, or nutritional supplements to ensure that nutritional needs are met. But following a strict macrobiotic diet that does not include these modifications is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Following a strict macrobiotic diet might increase the risk of calcium, iron, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, and vitamin D deficiency.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn’t enough reliable information to know if the macrobiotic diet is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Children: Strict adherence to the macrobiotic diet is POSSIBLY UNSAFE in infants and children. This diet can lead to nutritional deficiencies. These deficiencies have been linked with reduced intelligence and reduced height for age in children. There isn’t enough reliable information to know if the macrobiotic diet is safe in infants or children when modifications are made to ensure nutritional needs are met.

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines.

Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

There are no known interactions with foods.

The appropriate or safe use of the macrobiotic diet depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.

Ma-Pi 2 Diet, Macrobiotics, Macrobiotism, Zen Macrobiotics.


 

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