Monday, September 15, 2008

Vegetarians and Their Incredible Shrinking Brains

This could explain a lot...


Scientists have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain-with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage.Vegans and vegetarians are the most likely to be deficient because the best sources of the vitamin are meat, particularly liver, milk and fish. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause anaemia and inflammation of the nervous system. Yeast extracts are one of the few vegetarian foods which provide good levels of the vitamin.The link was discovered by Oxford University scientists who used memory tests, physical checks and brain scans to examine 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87.When the volunteers were retested five years later the medics found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 were also the most likely to have brain shrinkage. It confirms earlier research showing a link between brain atrophy and low levels of B12.

2 Comments:

Blogger Sinister said...

Tater - I'm not a vegetarian, and I'll agree that this article is not that far from the facts. However, it is important to note that ovo-lacto vegetarians can get a sufficient amount of B-12 by eating eggs and drinking milk.

I actually think veganism is not a healthy diet. Vegans can lack a lot of essential nutrients - not just B12, but proteins, calcium, iodine, and Vitamin D. Vegans end up taking a lot of dietary supplements to replace what they should be getting from meat and dairy products.

I've always believed that human beings are naturally omnivorous, and that to be truly healthy, we must eat a varied diet including a small amount of meat and dairy.

That's odd. You and I agree on something, kind of?

2:58 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

lol, pretty scary huh?
Maybe we should rethink our position on this... would you like a carrot stick?

"enjoying the replenishable herbivores from God's pantry" Ted Nugent

3:25 PM  

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