BLOOD TYPE DIET OVERVIEW

BENEFITS AND CAVEATS OF BLOOD TYPES

Your Blood Type Matters

There is an old saying, “one man’s meat is another man’s poison,” suggesting that what may be healthy for one person may make another person feel worse. All too often, people think that because a particular diet or supplement plan improved their health, that it will work for everyone else. While this is well-intentioned, the fact is that people are different. This means you need to adjust your diet and supplements to your unique needs and constitution.

Constitution is rooted in your genetic makeup and one of these fundamental genetic differences is your blood type. You may know that if you were to receive a blood transfusion from an incompatible blood type, your immune system will reject it. However, the four different blood types, O, A, B and AB, affect more than the compatibility to donate or receive blood. Blood type affects how you interact with foods and how your immune system works. It appears to also affect your nervous system function, how you handle stress and even your personality.

Keep in mind that we’re only discussing general characteristics, as blood type is not the only genetic factor that influences your health and personality. However, it does help drive home the point that you need to customize your health program to fit your unique needs and circumstances. We’ll start with an introduction of the four blood types and their basic characteristics.

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A big problem for A blood types is poor digestion associated with low stomach acid. Many A blood types benefit from taking betaine hydrochloric acid (HCl) and/or a Digestive Support Formula containing HCl, pepsin, bromelain, bile salts and pancreatin.

Because of their difficulty digesting protein, many A blood types find they do well on a vegetarian or partially vegetarian diet. Fish, like cod, perch, snapper, salmon, sardine and trout, and beans and legumes (black, pinto, lentils, peanuts) are better protein sources. ftey should definitely avoid red meat, wheat and non-fermented dairy foods, as well as vegetables in the nightshade family such as peppers, potatoes and tomatoes.

People with blood type B deplete nitric oxide (NO) quicker. NO dilates blood vessels, so B blood types are prone to hypertension. A Nitric Oxide Boosting Formula containing l-arginine and beet root extract, along with vitamins and other nutrients can be very helpful for improving their overall health.

People with the B blood type are also more prone to hyperinsulinemia and should avoid diets high in simple sugars and starches.

Blood Sugar Control Formula, containing herbs like nopal, cinnamon, fenugreek and/or bitter melon, may be helpful for them if they are gaining weight, a classic sign of metabolic syndrome.

They do well on a diet of both plant and animal foods, and tolerate meats like goat, lamb and venison, but don’t do well with chicken. They are the only type that readily tolerates clean dairy products, which can actually be beneficial for them. Major foods they should avoid include corn, wheat and rye, black and garbanzo, beans, soy, peanuts, and tomatoes. Seafoods like clam, crab, lobster, mussels and shrimp should also be avoided.

Blood type AB forms blood clots more easily than other blood types, putting them at higher risk of thrombosis and cardiovascular disease. To prevent this, it may benefit them to use hawthorn, capsicum and helps to reduce clot formation in the blood stream. Vitamin E may also be helpful.

Because they have a tendency to neurotransmitter imbalance they may benefit from taking a Memory Enhancing Formula containing ginkgo, gotu kola and bacopa. These type of formulas will also help to naturally thin the blood while protecting the brain.

Type AB tends to suffer from digestive issues and may have problems digesting fats and proteins. There are many meats and seafoods they should avoid. these include red meat, chicken, clam, crab, lobster, shrimp, oyster and yellowtail. They should also avoid corn and instead use rice, oats and spelt. Like B’s they tolerate dairy products, especially goat’s milk and fermented dairy foods as well as turkey and many types of fish.

Blood type O people don’t utilize carbohydrates very well. ftis means they are prone to developing metabolic syndrome (high insulin levels), which is linked to increased risk of obesity and heart disease. A high carbohydrate diet will also contribute to the development of a low thyroid. Their optimal diet therefore is more carnivorous, with 3-4 ounces of animal protein and lots of non starchy vegetables along with low amounts of sugar and starches.

They are also prone to developing ulcers.  Licorice root also stabilizes blood sugar levels.

As mentioned before, red meat is a very beneficial food for them, but fish like sea bass, cod, halibut, snapper and yellowtail are also beneficial protein foods. Major foods they should avoid include corn, wheat, potatoes, and dairy products.