According to a new study, the vegan diet is not as healthy as thought, as vegans are twice more likely to get sick in comparison to meat-eating people. The researchers of the study, a part of the Fisherman’s Friend annual cold and flu survey, reached that conclusion after they found out that vegans took more than five days off per year, on average, due to flu and cold, which is by two times higher than the national average in the UK.
In addition to that, the research also discovered that vegans reportedly saw their doctors 2.6 times, on average, during flu seasons, which is by more than three times more often than meat-eating people. Also, in 2018, two-thirds of the vegans took days off work due to illness.
Even though the before-mentioned study did not reveal the precise reasons behind the results, experts blame the multiple nutrient deficiencies that characterize the vegan diet.
Vegan Diet Is Not As Healthy As Thought – Vegans Are Twice More Likely To Get Sick
According to nutritionists, vegans are facing iron, zinc and vitamin B12 deficiencies, all of which can cause a weakened immune system. Accordingly, those who follow a vegan diet should take supplements to boost the immune system. Such supplements are already available at health stores all over the world and are deemed as safe.
In case you prefer following a 100 percent organic diet, so supplements are not on your list, then you should not worry because there are some foods that can boost your immune system. Blueberries, dark chocolate, turmeric, omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts and seeds, broccoli, sweet potatoes, spinach, ginger, garlic, green tea, sunflower seeds and almonds, oranges and kiwifruit, and red bell pepper are just a few of the foods vegan diet followers can eat to boost their immune systems.