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Vegan Awareness Month – B12 and Heart Health

on November 9, 2011
Blood clot diagram (Thrombus)

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November is Vegan Awareness Month, and in honor of this month we wanted to do our best to keep our readers updated on current news and medical advice related to veganism and heart health.

Vegans and Cardiovascular Health

According to EmaxHealth, a recent review of dozens of articles published over the last 30 years suggest a vegan diet supplies adequate protein but may be lacking in iron, zinc, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids that are important for vascular health.

The study notes “vegetarians, especially vegans, could benefit from increased dietary intake of n-3 PUFA and vitamin B12 and thus improve the balance ratio of n-3 to n-6 PUFA and vitamin B12 status” that would in turn reduce the chances of developing blood clots and cardiovascular disease.

While vegans have been classically known to have an overall lower risk for heart disease, these new findings show that the lower B12 levels and lower polyunsaturated fatty acid levels can increase arterial plaque build-up in the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, something that we walk about quite often at Erase Disease. Arthrosclerosis is well known for being a precursor to heart attack and stroke.

If you are living the vegan lifestyle, consider talking to use about B12 supplements and the heart healthy benefits that Cardio Juvenate can provide.


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