Organic farming & benefits on health
Having a healthy diet has a lot of benefits. It can help you lose weight or maintain your desired weight. It also can lower your cholesterol and prevent certain health conditions. In general, a healthy diet keeps your body running on a daily basis.
Behind physical health, also is beneficial for your mental health, proving you more vitamins, minerals, amino acids, as will healthy fats and antioxidants. All that is important for your whole health. If you have a poor diet, who is not rich in these nutrients – than also your chemical balance is disturbed.
Today is proven that organic and biodynamic farming, is better and richer with nutrients, compared to massive conventional farming.
Just a few facts below:
- organic crops have higher antioxidant activity and between 18 and 69% higher concentrations of a range of individual antioxidants; increased intakes of polyphenolics and antioxidants has been linked to a reduced risk of certain chronic diseases such as cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases and certain cancers (discussed by Barański);
- organic meat, milk, and dairy products have approximately higher concentrations of nutritionally-desirable omega-3 fatty acids (discussed by Średnicka-Tober);
- organic milk was reported to contain higher levels of total conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), higher iron and α-tocopherol concentrations, which are all considered to be nutritionally desirable, although the evidence for health benefits of CLA is mainly from in vitro and animal studies (discussed by Średnicka-Tober);
Is organic food safer to consume since no pesticides are used during the farming process?
It appears that diets with more organic produce may expose consumers to fewer pesticides. Not only is the exposure of production to pesticides of concern, but also the occupational exposure of farm workers. These farm workers also showed the impact of pesticides on sperm quality, affecting male reproductive health.
The nervous system is particularly sensitive to toxins that can contribute to conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. The most prevalent findings on the role of pesticides in health indicate various cancers. Pesticides have also been associated with hearing loss, diabetes, and obesity.
An exhaustive review that evaluated over 600 scientific publications concluded that no final conclusion can be made, as there are many factors that contribute to the development of disease.