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Vegan Dieters at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease, After All

New research indicates that the vegan diet, while low in animal based fats, is nevertheless not as heart healthy as previously thought.

According to experts, eating an exclusively vegan diet may elevate your chances of developing blood clots and atherosclerosis- both of which may lead to heart attack and stroke.

The vegan diet excludes protein sources such as fish, meat, eggs and dairy, which are rich in essential vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids.

The report, published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists have collected data over the past 30 years relating to cardiovascular health of vegans versus omnivores.  They concluded that vegetarians have a statistically high risk of accumulating blood clots and suffering from atherosclerosis as a result of not including vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids in their diet.

Good sources of vitamin B12 include beef liver, lamb, oysters, clams, cheese and eggs. Foods which are rich in omega-3 oils include oily fish such as salmon and canned tuna.

Vegans and vegetarians are advised to supplement their diet with adequate amounts of vitamin B12 and omega-3 in order to prevent heart disease, stroke and vitamin B12 deficiency.


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3 Responses to “Vegan Dieters at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease, After All”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Hi, I saw your article about Vegan Dieters at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease, After All | Vitamin B12 Patch, thank you.

  2. Josh Says:

    Any responsible vegan supplements both B12 and ensures they get omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids (available from flax). It’s not like vegan diets exclude these things.

    A largely whole foods, organic vegan diet including these items will virtually bulletproof your health. Eating animal protein is completely unnecessary for any health benefits and increases your odds of getting today’s most common ailments including heart disease, cardiovascular disease and many forms of cancer.

  3. linda Says:

    Hi Josh-

    I totally agree- a responsible vegan can, indeed, get sufficient vitamin B12 and omega fatty acids, either through supplementation or certain vegan food sources.

    But to be a responsible vegan and avoid vitamin deficiency requires strict adherence to a very restrictive diet. I believe there is a large majority of people who, like myself, have fantasized about living strictly off the land and shunning animal derivatives, only to find that it takes more discipline than they actually have, that being a healthy vegan is not just about what not to eat, but about finding plant based foods or supplements to substitute the vitamins they were previously getting from meat, milk, dairy, fish and egg products, lest they develop symptoms of anemia.

    Good luck to you. May you be a role model for many other vegans.

    Thanks for contributing!


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