6 science-based health benefits of going vegan

6 science-based health benefits of going vegan

The term vegan is nothing new in our society today. You see vegan products everywhere and it's a widely spoken topic on all social media platforms.

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Yes, veganism is based around diminishing cruelty towards animals and creating a greener planet for our future generations, but aside from that, eating a plant-based diet has many incredible health benefits.

1. A vegan diet is richer in certain nutrients

A whole-foods vegan diet leads to a higher consumption of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, nuts and seeds. These naturally have tons more nutrition in than animal products like meat.

Scientific studies have proven that vegan diets provide a lot more fiber, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and basic vitamins, than that of a Western diet.

2. It can help you lose excess weight

An increasing number of people are turning to the vegan life in order to shed some weight. The vegan diet is huge with celebrates.

There have been a lot of observation studies which have proven that vegans are generally a lot slimmer and have much lower body mass indexes (BMI) than others.

3. It appears to lower blood sugar levels and improve kidney function

Studies have shown that vegans generally have much lower blood sugar levels, higher insulin sensitivity and up to a 50–78% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Following a vegan diet can help reduce your dosage needed of blood-sugar-lowering medication .

Other studies have shown that by substituting meat for plant protein may reduce their risk of poor kidney function

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4. 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. The following foods are a huge part of a vegan diet and all have cancer risk reducing properties:

- Legumes regularly may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by about 9–18%

-Eating at least seven portions of fresh fruits and vegetables per day may lower your risk of dying from cancer by up to 15%

-Soy products offer some protection against breast cancer

5. It's linked to a lower risk of heart disease

Eating fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and fiber significantly lowers your risk of heart disease.

Reports from studies have shown that vegans may benefit from up to a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure and up to 42% lower risk of dying from heart disease.

6. 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.

Studies showed that after just six weeks of following a vegan diet, patients arthritis pain reduced dramatically.

So by adopting a vegan life-style, you are not only saving the animals, you are saving yourself.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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