Hormesis is a term used by toxicologists to refer to a biphasic dose response to an environmental agent characterized by a low dose stimulation or beneficial effect and a high dose inhibitory or toxic effect. Hormesis in aging is represented by mild stress-induced stimulation of protective mechanisms in cells and organisms resulting in biologically beneficial effects. Single or multiple exposure to low doses of otherwise harmful agents, such as irradiation, food limitation, heat stress, hypergravity, reactive oxygen species and other free radicals have a variety of anti-aging and longevity-extending hormetic effects. Detailed molecular mechanisms that bring about the hormetic effects are being increasingly understood, and comprise a cascade of stress response and other pathways of maintenance and repair. Although the extent of immediate hormetic effects after exposure to a particular stress may only be moderate, the chain of events following initial hormesis leads to biologically amplified effects that are much larger, synergistic and pleiotropic. A consequence of hormetic amplification is an increase in the homeodynamic space of a living system in terms of increased defence capacity and reduced load of damaged macromolecules. Hormetic strengthening of the homeodynamic space provides wider margins for metabolic fluctuation, stress tolerance, adaptation and survival. Hormesis thus counter-balances the progressive shrinkage of the homeodynamic space, which is the ultimate cause of aging, diseases and death. Healthy aging may be achieved by hormesis through mild and periodic, but not severe or chronic, physical and mental challenges, and by the use of nutritional hormesis incorporating mild stress-inducing molecules called hormetins. The established scientific foundations of hormesis are ready to pave the way for new and effective approaches in aging research and intervention.

“Hormesis is the biological response to a compound such as a phytochemical. Plants produce toxic compounds under conditions of stress, these toxins when consumed by humans have a net positive response with the correct dose by stimulating our own defence pathways such as glutathione and super oxidase dismutase and longevity genes such as sirtuins, this makes a great case to consume plant rich phytochemicals”

Darren Maguire


Plant Based Academy is a world renowned university specialising in plant based nutrition, plant based culinary art, lifestyle medicine and culinary medicine. Plant Based Academy is dedicated and obsessively committed to “sustainable veganism” through plant based nutritional science, culinary medicine, regenerative farming practises & lifestyle medicine education. We believe strongly that with the proper guidance and knowledge on correct plant based nutrition that not only is a plant based vegan diet and lifestyle, an incredibly ethical decision for animals and our planet, but also a perfectly adequate and a life long sustainable health promoting, disease preventing and reversing approach for all of us. Our advanced degree course is the most comprehensive course of this kind on the planet, a deep dive into biohacking, longevity research, powerful immunity, cell biology, health science and nutritional biochemistry, optimum mitochondrial health, plant hormetic science, plant based fine dining and so much more. Our unique comprehensive curriculum includes modules on taoist herbalism, medicinal mushrooms, sprouting, culinary medicine, advanced phytochemical biochemistry, vegan skincare, advanced fermentation, microbiome science, molecular gastronomy, starting a plant based business, fine dining raw food and lifestyle medicine. We are a number of single modules as stand alone online courses and a professional certificate course, diploma course and advanced degree course. Our courses can be taken as blended courses to suit your needs, a blend of online, private tutoring and in-person.

Enrol on our Professional Diploma Course in Plant Based Nutrition, Culinary Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine and Fine Dining Raw Food Mastery. Now Enrolling for in person course and online course. This science led culinary course is recommended for students with strong ambitions who have an interest in plant based nutrition with no prior culinary or scientific experience required. We welcome students from a variety of different educational and occupational backgrounds.If you are transitioning to a plant based diet and wish to do it in a very healthy way, or you are starting a plant based business or wish to incorporate plant based education into your current business or you are already plant based but looking to take your health to the next level by understanding mechanisms of disease and longevity then this course is perfect for you. There is no other course on the planet which brings you into plant based science in such a comprehensive way and brings together subjects such as lifestyle medicine, advanced fermentation, taoist herbalism, vegan skincare and so much more.

About our Courses:

Our professional courses are not only the most recognised plant based course available but also the most comprehensive and at the best value plant based qualification in the world . Our courses focus on plant based nutritional science , culinary medicine and lifestyle medicine including advanced fermentation & herbalism and we also include modules on advanced cacao making and plant based medicinal skincare. Our Ethos is 100% organic 100% sugar free. We do not use any processed sugars such as agave, coconut sugar or nectar. Plant Based training and education is a life changing course and an incredible investment for you and the planet. Our Courses are suitable for doctors, nurses, chefs, health enthusiasts, experienced vegans and raw foodists, complete beginners and people looking to start a plant based business. We have had hundreds of students come through our courses over many years and many of them have used their professional certificates and diplomas to gain employment in plant based businesses around the world and to build new plant based businesses. Many students have also use their training to assist them in the pursuit of optimum health for themselves and loved ones.  On our world unique training courses you will learn how to prepare the healthiest vegan food on the planet completely sugar free , refined, medicinal and super delicious . You will also learn about the scientific mechanisms, metabolic pathways and processes to reverse and prevent aging and chronic illnesses. You will learn about plant compounds which activate certain genes which turn on longevity and contribute to incredible health and energy and turn off certain genes responsible for inflammation and ageing.

Comprehensive Course Curriculum Modules: 


Module 1
: Plant Based Nutritional Science: Plant Based Health Myths, Pitfalls & Essentials. Long Term Sustainable Veganism. – An Introduction to Phytochemicals.


Module 2: The Art of Advanced Fermentation & The Science of Gut Microbiota, Probiotics, Prebiotics, Synbiotics & Psychobiotics. Increasing Phytochemical Content Via Fermentation.


Module 3: Advanced Exploration of Phytochemicals, Culinary Medicine & Medicinal Liquid Nutrition. Smoothies, Seed Milks, Salads, Sprouts & Cold Pressed Elixirs.


Module 4: Taoist Herbalism & Medicinal Mushrooms. Tonics, Teas, Tinctures & Extractions. The Science of Adaptogenics & Herbal Nootropics. – Phytochemicals Continues with Adaptogenic Herbs.


Module 5: The Art and Science of the World’s Healthiest Raw Chocolate & Healthy Light Refined Vegetable Desserts. Healthy Sugar Alternatives, Nut Free Cakes & Medicinal Cookies. – The Sweet Magic of Polyphenols.


Module 6: Raw Food Dehydration & Slow Cooking. Crackers, Breads, Crisps, Cookies & Wraps. The Dangers of high heat cooking and toxic byproducts. – Raw Food Vs Living Food & the preservation of phytochemicals.


Module 7: Molecular Gastronomy : Breaking The Cell Wall for Flavour, Nutrient Bioavailability, Optimum Digestion and Texture. Taking a Humble Ingredient and Elevating it to a World Class Dish using refined practices and fine dining techniques.


Module 8: Raw Gourmet Medicinal Meal Demonstration. Costing, Planning,Writing & Executing a Menu. 


Module 9: Practical & Written Exam – 5 Course Fine Dining Refined & Medicinal Plant Based Menu Presentation. Setting up a Plant Based Business, Menu Costings & Profit & Loss.


Module 10: Phytochemicals for the Integumentary System. Plant Based Skin Care & Cosmetics which are Raw Vegan Organic & Edible. Medicinal Face Care Protocol & Nurturing the Moist Envelope of the Soul with Ammonia Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB).


Module 11: Lifestyle Medicine Part I. BioHacking & Functional Health. How to achieve optimum Health, Happiness & Longevity with Passion, vitality and Incredible Relationships.


Module 12: Lifestyle Medicine Part II. Raw Food on The Go & How to Travel and Thrive on Plant Based Health Foods & Lifestyle biohacks to limit Radiation Exposure.

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