Health Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet : Taking a vegetarian diet can be a great way to start enjoying better health.
A vegetarian diet is associated with an increased consumption of fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, magnesium, unsaturated fats and countless phytochemicals. This often results in vegetarians having lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease and slimmer. Let’s explore some of the other benefits of adopting a vegetarian (or vegan) lifestyle.
Can Improve Mood
Arachidonic acid is a substance that generally comes from animal sources in the diet and it is not surprising that vegetarian diets are not rich in arachidonic acid.
This may be beneficial given that research has shown a relationship between mood disorders and arachidonic acid. Researchers from Benedictine University conducted a study to investigate the impact of restricting animal products on mood and confirmed that mood improvement occurs when eating meat and fish is restricted.
Furthermore, the Croatian Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health conducted mental health surveys among vegetarians and found that they have lower levels of neuroticism.
Can Improve Symptoms of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes redness and irritation and can be debilitating for those who have it.
However, according to a study published by the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil, a vegetarian diet can positively improve your symptoms.
Could Reduce Incidence of Diabetes
According to the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, vegetarian diets are associated with a significant reduction in the incidence of diabetes.
Information published by the George Washington University School of Medicine has also confirmed that vegetarian diets offer an important benefit for the treatment of diabetes and can even cut the probability of developing the disease in half.
Reduces the Risk of Cataract Development
Oddly enough, research published by the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford has shown a strong relationship between the risk of developing cataracts and diet; with a higher risk in meat consumers and the least risk groups are vegetarians and vegans.
Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
According to the JCU University Skin Cancer Research Clinic, there is a relationship between a vegetarian diet and a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Why?
Most vegetarian diets are packed with foods rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that can reduce the damage caused by oxidative stress, including atherosclerosis.
Vegetarians Usually Have Low Cholesterol
There is no health benefit, at all, from eating animal fat. It should come as no surprise that removing it from your diet also eliminates the detrimental effects it has on your health.
After examining the long-term effects of following a vegetarian diet, Korean researchers easily concluded that body fat and cholesterol levels were lower in vegetarians than in omnivores.
Less Risk of Having a Stroke and Obesity
There are always exceptions, but in general, vegetarians and vegans tend to be much more cautious when choosing foods and much less likely to eat compulsively or choose foods that follow their emotions, two habits that contribute greatly to obesity. According to the Department of Pediatrics at the University Hospital for Pediatrics in Ghent, Belgium, following a vegetarian diet is a good way to reduce your chances of stroke or obesity.
Less Chance of Developing Kidney Stones
Langone Medical Center at New York University reports that eliminating animal protein intake and increasing vegetable intake will result in higher urinary pH; while a low urine pH is associated with stone formation.
Can Meet All Your Nutritional Needs
If you think vegetarians and vegans are nutritionally deficient or always hungry, think twice!
Originally posted 2020-08-01 07:16:08.