Benefits for Your Health
- A Vegan Diet Is Richer in Certain Nutrients
It provides more fibre, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. They also appear to be richer in potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E (1, 2, 3, 4).
However this is not the case for all vegan diets a poorly planned vegan diet may provide insufficient amounts of essential fatty acids, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, iodine or zinc (5).
That’s why it’s important to not base your entire diet on nutrient-poor, fast-food. Instead, base your diet mostly around nutrient-rich whole plants and fortified foods.
- It Can Help You Lose Excess Weight
Many studies show that vegans tend to be thinner and have lower body mass indices (BMIs) than non-vegans.
- It Appears to Lower Blood Sugar Levels and Improve Kidney Function
It also has benefits for type 2 diabetes and declining kidney function.
Indeed, vegans tend to have lower blood sugar levels, higher insulin sensitivity and up to a 50–78% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes (7, 18, 19, 20, 21).
Studies even report that vegan diets lower blood sugar levels in diabetics more than the diets from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Heart Association (AHA) and National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) (10, 12, 13, 22).
- A Vegan Diet May Protect Against Certain Cancers
According to the World Health Organization, about one-third of all cancers can be prevented by factors within your control, including diet.
Avoiding certain animal products may also help reduce the risk of prostate, breast and colon cancers.
- It’s Linked to a Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Eating fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and fibre is linked to a lower risk of heart disease (32, 42, 43, 44, 45).
- A Vegan Diet Can Reduce Pain from Arthritis
Studies have reported that a vegan diet has positive effects in people with different types of arthritis.
- Improve our moods
Research has revealed that vegans may be happier than their meat-eating counterparts. In fact it was discovered that vegans had lower scores on depression tests and mood profiles. There is an element of freshness to most plant based dishes, so this is bound to purify our minds and keep our thoughts positive.
- Improving athletic performance
While most active individuals focus on protein intake, more and more athletes follow a high-carbohydrate, good-fat, and vitamin and mineral-rich vegetarian diet for optimum sports performance.
- Fewer migraines
The vegan diet can also help to reduce the onset of migraine attacks. Migraines are often linked to our diets and food is a common trigger. Chocolate and cheese are also common culprits. a vegan diet is less likely to trigger an attack.
The vegan diet may provide an array of health benefits for you and your family.
For the most part, it can only benefit you to increase the amount of nutrient-rich, whole plant foods in your diet.
- Our skin
Vegans tend to have better vision and less macular degeneration with all that extra vitamin c and consequent collagen leads to much better skin.
- Stronger, Longer Hair
A vegan diet is rich in nutritious vegetables and fresh greens, almonds, sprouts, lentils, kale and spinach are just some of the foods. Bustling with vitamin B, vitamin K, potassium, selenium, omega 3 fatty acids and more, these are nutrients that your hair loves. This can help your hair get stronger, longer and shinier.
- Thicker Eyelashes
The numerous vitamins, minerals and nutrients in vegan foods can help you grow thicker eyelashes.
- Beautiful Body
By going vegan, you expel high calorie junk foods as well as saturated fats from your diet. By eliminating meat and eating a vegan diet you will flush out toxins and excess water retention from your body, helping you look less bloated.
- Better Nails
When you lack nutrients because of eating a standard diet, your nails are going to be brittle, dull and rough looking. On a vegan diet, you’ll be eating more fresh, plant-based foods that are full of nutrients and this make them stronger and healthy-looking.
- Anti-Aging Effects
On a diet filled with meat, white carbs and toxic foods that rampage your body cells, you’ll actually be speeding up the natural process of aging. Premature wrinkles and aging can be averted with a vegan diet plant based foods are rich in antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that wreak havoc on our cells.