Our expert says:
Thank you for your kind words. The problems with eating only foods derived from plants is that such vegan diets are deficient in the following: some of the essential amino acids which are mainly found in proteins derived from animals - so give thought to still using milk, yoghurt, cheese and eggs if at all possible (i.e. a Lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet); iron, zinc, selenium, and calcium - this can cause iron-deficiency anaemia and hair loss, osteoporosis, and lowered immunity; vit B12 - which causes pernicious anaemia; omega-3 fatty acids - which can lower immunity. If you are set on eating a vegan diet then you need to take the following supplements on a daily basis: 1) an amino acid supplement 2) a complete vitamin and mineral supplement such as Supradyn Forte (for the iron) 3) Calcium Sandoz 500 mg a day for the calcium 4) Salmon oil capsules to obtain EPA and DHA (omega-3). It may also be a good idea to have blood tests done on a 6-monthly basis to check your calcium, iron, zinc, and B12 levels. So do consider rather using a Lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet instead.
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