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Communication between animal cells and the plant foods they ingest: phyto-zooidal dependencies and signaling (Review).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12239587     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The beneficial effect of plant foods on human health is unmistakable. Time and time again, studies have found foods of plant origin to reduce the risk of most major chronic illnesses suffered by the human population. Possible mechanisms for the preventative effects of these foods are discussed. Each of the plant groups reviewed was found to reduce the risk of one or more of the following: cardiovascular disease, cancer (lung, breast, colon, rectal, prostate, epithelial, stomach, esophageal, oral, pharynx, larynx, urinary tract, endometrium, pancreas, thyroid, liver, ovary, gallbladder, bladder, and kidney), diabetes, hypertension, bone degeneration, diverticulitis, constipation, gallstones, age-related blindness. Almost no evidence was found to suggest a negative effect on health due to consumption of these plant foods. Based on this material and a review of conserved animal signaling molecules we surmise that animals require these chemicals to enhance specific mammalian cellular processes, demonstrating phyto-zooidal signaling. Further, this diet dependency coupling between plants and animals probably evolved because of the abundance of a particular plant material in a local environment, which is now broken because of technological advances. In conclusion, the overwhelming majority of evidence shows that people may significantly decrease their risks of the aforementioned diseases by increasing their intake of these foods since they represent a natural method to enhance animal processes and signaling.
George B Stefano; Jeff Miller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of molecular medicine     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1107-3756     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Mol. Med.     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-09-19     Completed Date:  2003-03-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9810955     Medline TA:  Int J Mol Med     Country:  Greece    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  413-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Neuroscience Research Institute, State University of New York at Old Westbury, NY 11568, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Population Groups / physiology*
Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology,  prevention & control
Neoplasms / etiology,  prevention & control
Nutritional Requirements
Plant Structures / physiology*
Risk Factors
Signal Transduction / physiology*

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