Our expert says:
If your boyfriend is a strict vegetarian and does not eat any eggs, yoghurt, or cheese, and does not drink any milk or maas, then it is possible that he may be deficient in the following nutrients: protein, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. I would recommend that your boyfriend should firstly have a medical checkup so that the dr can determine if he is suffering from deficiencies (for example, if he has an iron or a vitamin B12 deficiency, he may be anaemic and need iron or vit B12 injections). The doctor will advise him if he needs to take an iron or a vit B12 supplement. To boost his protein intake it is important that he should eat legumes - these are dry beans, peas, lentils or soya. Legumes are a good source of protein and you can make nourishing soups, patties and lentil dishes for him to eat. For calcium he will need to take a calcium supplement such as Caltrate, in addition to a complete multivitamin and mineral supplement such as Centrum or Supradyn Forte. Finally he can take flaxseed oil which you can buy at health shops.
But please first persuade him to see the doctor so that the dr can pinpoint what kind of deficiencies he has.
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