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Wonderful Health Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

Adopting a vegetarian diet can be a fantastic entry into experiencing better health. A vegetarian diet is associated with a higher consumption of fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, magnesium, unsaturated fat, and countless phytochemicals. This often results in vegetarians having lower cholesterol, being thinner, having lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of heart disease. Let’s explore some of the other benefits of adopting a vegetarian (or vegan) lifestyle.

1. May Improve Mood

Arachidonic acid is a substance that usually comes from dietary animal sources and, no surprise, vegetarian diets are not high in arachidonic acid. This can be beneficial, as research has shown a link between arachidonic acid and mood disturbances. Researchers at Benedictine University performed a study to investigate the impact of restricting animal products and mood, and confirmed that mood improvements do happen when eating meat, fish, and poultry are restricted.

Additionally, Croatia’s Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health conducted mental health surveys amongst vegetarians and found them to have lower levels of neuroticism.

2. May Improve Symptoms of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease that causes skin redness and irritation and can be debilitating for those who suffer from it. However, according to research published by Brazil’s Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, a vegetarian diet may positively improve symptoms. [

3. May Reduce Incidence of Diabetes

According to Loma Linda University School of Public Health, vegetarian diets are associated with a significant reduction in the incidence of diabetes.  Information published by George Washington University School of Medicine has also confirmed that vegetarian diets offer an important benefit for the management of diabetes and can even reduce the likelihood of development by one half.

4. Reduces Risk of Cataract Development

Oddly enough, research released by the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford has shown a strong relation between the risk of developing cataracts and diet; with a higher risk falling on meat eaters and the lowest risk groups being vegetarians and vegans.

5. Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

According to the JCU University Skin Cancer Research Clinic, there is a relationship between a vegetarian diet and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Why? Most vegetarian diets are full of antioxidant-rich foods. Antioxidants are molecules that can reduce the damage caused by oxidative stress, including atherosclerosis...

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5 thoughts on “Wonderful Health Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

  1. It is scandalous and arguably medical practice if doctors do not inform their patients of the many health benefits of vegetarian and preferably vegan diets. What makes it even more shameful is that producing meat and other animal products massively mistreats animals and contributes significantly to climate change and many other threats to all life on the planet.

  2. Sorry, I meant medical mispractice in my previous statement.

  3. I run and lift weights. Started a vegan diet; found that my body would not recover and after a week had constant minor aches and pains all over. Went back to meat – 24hrs later was good as new. Vegans don't like to hear this, but veganism is NOT for everyone.

  4. Scott Hughes says:

    Going Vegan = Low Profit to Big Food / Big Pharma complex

  5. Heath Motley says:

    Wrong, Do your own research.
    Find out the truth.

    Hard scientific evidence of the effects of diet & lifestyle on health from over 950 studies from research centers, universities and peer reviewed journals.

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