Advancing the science of chronic disease treatment and prevention through plant-based whole foods.


The Vitamix Foundation periodically contributes funding to support medical research that aims to assess the health impact of a plant-based lifestyle on the prevention of a range of illnesses, including heart disease, and cancer.

The Opportunity

Further evidence-based medical research is needed to understand and demonstrate the impact of plant-based whole foods on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

While the body of scientific evidence continues to grow regarding the impact of dietary patterns, and specifically the impact of a plant-based whole-food dietary pattern, more research is needed. Evidence-based research is a cornerstone of clinical care and essential to wide spread adoption.

Where Are We Investing

Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Research Trial
Nutritional Research Foundation
Flemington, New Jersey
$10,000 grant

To tackle this important investigation, the Nutritional Research Foundation has partnered with a Harvard-affiliated medical center in Boston to conduct a two-tier, three-year randomized study to evaluate the effect of two diets (a nutrient-dense, plant-rich diet versus a more conventional USDA diabetes diet). The study will examine such parameters as glycemic control, inflammation, and cardiovascular risk in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Nutritarian Women's Health Study (NWHS) Sub-Study on Pregnant Women
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona
$10,000 grant

The Nutritarian Women's Health Study (NWHS) is a long term observational study on the effect of the Nutritarian diet on overall health plus the occurrence, recurrence, and progression of chronic diseases (including all forms of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke). This grant funds a sub-study that focuses on pregnant women.

IJDRP (International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention)
$5,000 as a founding funder

This new journal will document the science of nutrition and lifestyle to prevent, suspend and reverse disease.

What's On Our Radar

Plant-Based Research aggregates peer-reviewed, scientific research papers and educational resources that are relevant to plant-based nutrition. Links to abstracts and even full articles are made available when possible.

The goal of the website is to "present the growing body of evidence supporting the theory that whole food, plant-based diets offer the best chance for avoiding chronic disease, and in some cases, reversing it."