I just dabbled with the vegan diet and intend to attempt eating vegan for the next month, so I thought I’d conduct some research into the many effects that being vegan may have on your health.

When I tried a vegan diet a week earlier, I observed that I had more energy, my digestion was a lot better, and I felt much less bloated. These are perhaps the most prevalent long-term impacts of eating a vegan diet, but I was curious about the additional long-term effects.

I’ve been wearing glasses since I was ten, and my eyesight has slowly deteriorated over time, so I decided to see whether a vegan diet may help. I felt it was a fairly tenuous relationship, but I decided to dig into it nonetheless, and this is what I uncovered after some research:

“Before I became a low fat raw vegan, I needed to wear glasses and contacts owing to my astigmatism,” Terri from the website explained. My vision is now 20/20! […] Many individuals underestimate the impact that what you eat has on your health.”

While I loved what Terri was saying, I realized it was only one person’s opinion, so I decided to seek into some more official facts…

In an article titled ‘Top Tips for Protecting Your Eyesight,’ the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) suggests that meals containing either lutein or zeaxanthin can help avoid eye disorders such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Many fruits and vegetables contain them, including mango, squash, broccoli, green beans, and spinach.

Furthermore, the website Optical Center cites various studies that relate good nutrition to better eyesight, such as:

July 2016 — Adults with healthy eyes who took a daily dietary supplement comprising lutein, meso-zeaxanthin, and zeaxanthin for a year had better contrast sensitivity than persons who took a placebo. and,

October 15, 2015 – A diet high in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin has been linked to a lower long-term risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

While doctors cannot claim for definite that eating a vegan diet can enhance your eyesight, it appears that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables on a regular basis might help reduce your chance of sight loss later in life. People who follow a vegan diet are more likely to consume a broader variety of fruits and vegetables since they no longer consume meat, eggs, or dairy products.

However, experts agree that people who do follow a diet that excludes meat, eggs, and dairy should ensure they obtain adequate quantities of protein, lipids, and other vital nutrients to keep their diets ‘balanced.’ This includes soya products, nuts, grains, cereals, and other things, as well as supplements like as vitamin B12, to ensure their bodies are getting the necessary levels of vitamins and minerals to operate effectively.

So, as I prepare for my vegan month, I am more conscious of what a vegan diet will do for my body and more educated about how to maintain a good balance in what I consume.

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