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Vegetarian Diet Might Be Putting You At Risk for Depression and Alzheimer’s

Vegetarian Diet Might BPutting You ARisk for Depression and Alzheimer’s

 

There are a few types of vegetarian diet that strictly avoids all meat and animal products in their diet.

  • Lacto vegetarian – include plant foods and dairy products
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian – which includes both dairy products and eggs in their diet.
  • Mediterranean diet – include plants foods and dairy products, eggs, fish and poultry in low to moderate amounts.

 

Many people might choose vegetarian diet because it promotes a lot of health benefits to our body. However, studies show that vegetarians tend to have higher risk of Depression than meat eaters.

 

But Why?

Vegetarian diets tend to have less vitamin B12 that is mainly found in meat. This may lead to increased risk of mental health problems such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin B12 plays a significant role to keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA (the genetic material in all cells). Deficiency of Vitamin B12 from diet can cause tiredness, constipation, nervous damage, poor memory and so on.

 

In the nutshell, the better ways for vegetarians to prevent mental health related disease is to have balanced diet, also to consume adequate amount of vitamin and minerals from supplements or fortified foods.

 

Written By:
Liow Pui Kee
[BCs (Hons) Nutrition with Wellness Student]
[UCSI University]
Reviewed By:
Jasmine Lim
(Love Earth Nutritionist)

 

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