Vegans Need Dietary Supplements to Prevent Heart Disease

 

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A healthy diet is essential to maintaining your vision.  Plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are key to the health of the eyes and the body as a whole.  Generally, we do not believe that eating some meat is detrimental to health, but we support the many who people will choose to follow vegetarian and vegan diets.

A new study focuses on how people who follow vegan diets are likely to be deficient in both omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12.  They should take supplements of both to ward off heart disease, researchers publishing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Vegans can potentially run a higher risk of developing blood clots and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which can lead to heart attacks and stroke.

Historically, medical research indicates that meat eaters are more likely to develop heart disease than vegetarians and vegans, but if people do not eat meat they often have low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.  Taking omega-3 and vitamin B supplements can help offset this risk.

Source: Nutraingredients