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What Are the Different Vegan Health Benefits?

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Studies have indicated the presence of many vegan health benefits, including improved cardiovascular and digestive functioning. Those who avoid the consumption of animal products may have a decreased risk of developing some muscle and joint disorders as well as some forms of cancer. Additional vegan health benefits include easier weight management, increased energy levels, and perhaps even a longer life span. Vegans have a lower chance of developing health conditions such as diabetes, certain allergies, and PMS than those who consume animal products on a regular basis. Before making any drastic dietary changes, it is a good idea to discuss potential vegan health benefits for an individual situation with a doctor or other medical professional.

The chances of developing cardiovascular problems are greatly reduced for those who adopt a vegan lifestyle. In fact, this is one of the most well-known vegan health benefits. Meat and dairy products have a high tendency to cause elevated cholesterol and blood pressure levels, each of which can have devastating effects on the heart and brain. The risks of heart attack or stroke are significantly reduced among strict vegans. Type 2 diabetes has been shown to be much less prevalent among those who maintain vegan dietary habits as well.

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Improved digestive system functioning has been reported among the possible vegan health benefits. Vegan diets tend to be high in fiber, and this helps to promote healthy bowel habits while reducing the risks of developing colon cancer. Some bacterial infections, such as salmonella or E. coli, are spread primarily through animal products and can be largely avoided by leading a vegan lifestyle. Dairy products are not easily digested by humans and can lead to moderate to severe digestive disturbances in some people, so adopting a vegan lifestyle can eliminate the potential for these complications.

Increased energy levels and greater ease at maintaining a healthy weight are also among the potential vegan health benefits. Many vegan diets include the elimination of processed foods such as refined sugars and heavy oils. These practices have a tendency to help the body naturally reach and maintain a healthy weight, which supports overall good health. The skin, hair, and nails of those who do not consume animal products are often much healthier than those who are not vegan. Those who suffer from conditions such as severe PMS or persistent migraines often find that the symptoms are reduced or eliminated once animal products are removed from the diet.

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