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In the UK, one in 14 people over the age of 65 has dementia and it increases to one in six in people over 80. However, 40 per cent of cases could be prevented or delayed and evidence shows a healthy diet can help.
If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) you can still eat many plant foods and the right ones can help.
- Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 helps make red blood cells and keeps our nervous system healthy. If you lack vitamin B12 you could suffer from vitamin B12 anaemia – your red blood cells aren’t able to carry oxygen around your body properly.
- Heart health
Your heart pumps oxygen-rich blood around your body through a network of arteries. Problems arise when arteries are blocked by the build-up of plaques made of cholesterol and other fatty substances in blood
Your body uses iron to make haemoglobin in red blood cells and myoglobin in muscles, both proteins carry oxygen to fuel the body. Without enough iron to make these proteins, iron-deficiency anaemia may leave you tired and short of breath
Not all fats are bad, a small amount of ‘good’ fat is essential for health. It provides energy and helps you absorb some nutrients.
No other plant divides opinions like soya – some consider it healthy and versatile, others say it is harmful and should be avoided. What are the facts?
Easy-to-read mini factsheets, providing all the basics on vegan diets and health.
What you should know about the health effects of meat consumption
It’s one of the most common questions directed at vegans: “Where do you get your protein?” Even though plants have plenty of protein, the myth that animal protein is somehow superior is extremely pervasive.