What does eating a vegan diet do for your body?
Opinions regarding veganism differ widely, but studies have nevertheless shown that vegans live approximately three years longer than non-vegans and have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, various types of cancer and diabetes. This is due to the fact that vegans do not consume protein from animal products.
At the same time, they also eat fewer ‘bad’ fats and, by so doing so, they further reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol levels and becoming overweight.
Vegetarians and vegans usually have a higher resistance to illness as they do not consume the antibiotics often present in meat.
Vegans must take care to ensure that they get enough vitamin B12. The human body needs vitamin B12 in order to function properly. A lack of this vitamin can cause anaemia, confusion and disorders of the mucous membranes and nervous system. The ‘problem’ is that B12 is only found in animal produce. Moreover, it is the only vitamin that is not found in plant products. This means that sensible vegans opt to take vitamin B12 supplements.
Fruit and vegetables
Vegans simply eat more fruit and vegetables than non-vegans. We all know that fruit and vegetables are good for the human body.
Blood sugar level
Vegan diets can reduce the risk of developing type II diabetes. They are effective in lowering blood sugar levels and can help prevent other medical conditions from developing.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is the type of arthritis in which the joints of the fingers, wrists, arms and legs can be affected by an infection. Vegan eating patterns, which include large amounts of probiotic and natural foodstuffs can significantly reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Leafy green vegetables contain a lot of fibre. In general, vegans eat more vegetables than non-vegans and therefore consume more fibre. Plenty of fibre promotes healthy bowel movements.
Healthy skin and hair
Vitamin A and E from vegetables and nuts play a major role in keeping one’s skin healthy. If you decide to change to a vegan diet, you will notice that it greatly helps to reduce skin blemishes. Many vegans notice that their hair becomes stronger, has more body and looks healthier.