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Is Your Restless Leg Syndrome Caused By a Vegan Diet?

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I started really noticing my restless leg syndrome around the time I went vegan. Naturally, I thought it was related. There are a few possible causes of restless leg syndrome that might be caused by a vegan diet. I’m going to go over those possible causes in more detail here. Side note: Don’t dismiss other potential causes. In my case, the issue was actually over-hydration (I was drinking 6+...

Can a Vegan Diet Make You Feel Cold?

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Aside from having a cold, other things can make you feel cold frequently. If you’ve somewhat recently gone vegan, there’s a chance that your diet could be causing you to feel cold. If this is a common problem for you, you should see a doctor, since there can be some very serious causes. Here, I’ll give you a brief overview of the possible causes of coldness, and we’ll see which ones might be...

Why You Might Feel Weak on a Vegan Diet

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I’ve heard quite a few stories of feeling weak on a vegan diet. Sometimes it happens quickly after going vegan, other times it takes a while to develop. Hell, even Anne Hathaway quit being a vegan due to feeling weak. If you are feeling weak, I do of course suggest seeing a doctor. There could be a cause non-related to your diet that’s quite serious. I’ll give you a summary of the most...

How Soon After Taking Iron Supplements Will I Feel Better?

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Assuming that you’re actually iron deficient, the research I went over to write this post suggests it will take 8-12 weeks to resolve most deficiencies. I’ll break down the research briefly in the rest of this post. Note that if you’re not iron deficient, a supplement won’t do too much of anything for you (beyond a possible placebo effect). The Best Case Scenario: A Minor Iron Deficiency If...

The 4 Best Vegan Iron Supplements in 2019

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Iron deficiency leads to fatigue, chest pain, and shortness of breath, among several other symptoms. It’s common in the general omnivore population. Considering that iron is even harder to get for vegans because plant iron comes in the less absorbable non-heme form, it’s no wonder that vegans are at a higher risk of being deficient. Women who are menstruating regularly need even more iron to be...

Is Nature Made Iron Vegan?

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When trying to create a list of the best vegan iron supplements, I came across an iron supplement sold by Nature Made. While some of their supplements are vegan friendly, this one wasn’t clearly labeled as such. So I contacted them asking for clarification, since at first glance it looked like their iron supplement might be vegan-friendly. A few days later, I got this email back: Click the...

How to Get Enough Iron as a Vegan to Avoid a Deficiency

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Other than Vitamin B12 deficiency, an iron deficiency is probably the next most likely deficiency in vegans. It has very serious consequences too. Being deficient in iron leads to fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, and many more negative health effects. But if you understand how iron fits into a vegan diet, you should have no problem avoiding an iron deficiency as a vegan. I will cover...

12 Vegan Recipes High in Iron (With Vit. C for Max Absorption)

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Iron is one of the tougher nutrients to get for vegans. That’s why I’ve put together this list of tasty vegan recipes that have a ton of iron. As an added bonus, all of these contain vitamin C, which greatly improves the absorption rate of iron. Don’t limit yourself just to these recipes. Find any recipe that has one or two or the best vegan sources of iron, and combine it with...

Side Effects of Iron Supplements for Vegans

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Iron deficiency is one of the most common vitamin or mineral deficiencies. But for vegans, it’s even more likely. While there’s plenty of iron in vegan foods, it’s all non-heme iron, which is poorly absorbed by the body (compared to heme iron in meat). Most vegans can get enough iron in foods, but if you’re struggling, turning to supplements is your only option left. I’ve written a detailed guide...

Can Vegans Donate Blood?

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A bit before I went vegan, I started donating blood. I’ve continued doing it since, so the short answer to whether or not vegans can give blood is “yes”. But I assume you probably want a bit more detail than that. To start with, why might it be harder for vegans to donate blood? The big thing is iron loss. You lose a lot of iron when you donate blood, and vegans are already more likely to be iron...