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Can a Vegan Diet Help Treat Ulcerative Colitis?

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Vegan diets are well known as an effective tool against autoimmune diseases because they lower inflammation. Since ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it’s a reasonable thought that perhaps a vegan diet can help manage the symptoms of it as well. While there’s not much published research on this specific topic, I did find some research that I’ll summarize for you here...

How to Eat a Vegan Diet Low in Purine [Food List]

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Purines from food are broken down into uric acid in the body. In normal amounts, this is no problem, but in some cases, it can lead to conditions like gout. It’s one of the reasons that some people don’t want to eat too much tofu. This isn’t a huge issue on a vegan diet since most foods high in purines are animal products, but if you have a good reason to limit your intake, the data...

The Best Vegan Sources of CoQ10 [List]

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Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has been getting a lot of attention in recent years. While the body can make it, it can also be found in many foods. The most abundant sources all happen to be animal products like fish, meat, dairy, and eggs. However, there are plant sources as well. There’s not a ton of research on CoQ10 at the moment, and that research is pretty mixed. There’s no significant evidence...

Why Is My Cholesterol High If I’m Vegan?

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People who eat vegan diets typically have lower cholesterol levels. But some don’t. Even though there’s no cholesterol in plants, some vegan foods still affect cholesterol production inside your body. Additionally, diet is only one factor that affects cholesterol. I’m going to summarize relevant studies so that you can get a complete understanding of the situation. Note that this is not...

Paleo vs Vegan for Autoimmune Disease: Which is Better?

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This was a particularly interesting question I came across because before I went vegan, I ate a pretty standard Paleo diet (I even wrote for sites like Paleohacks). I recently did a bunch of research to find how a vegan diet affects autoimmune disease, so it seemed only natural to tackle this question. At the end of it all, I found a clear winner: for those with or concerned about...

Eating a Vegan Diet for Autoimmune Disease Treatment (Study Summary)

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The idea that a vegan diet can help those with autoimmune diseases is not a new one. It’s been studied for decades. The idea behind it is that vegan diets are associated with lower levels of inflammation, while autoimmune diseases (where the immune system attacks healthy tissue) leads to inflammation and damage to various tissues. While a vegan diet isn’t a cure, it can help manage pain and...

Vegan Cholesterol Sources: How Vegans Get Their Cholesterol

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There’s actually not any cholesterol in any plant. Does that mean that vegans have no cholesterol?  Of course not, all people need some, you just don’t too much. Instead of getting cholesterol from foods, vegans make all their own from certain fats in our diets. I’ll go over which foods vegans indirectly get cholesterol from in just a second. First, a quick refresher on...

Can a Vegan Diet Reverse Cancer? (Study Summary)

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Many people claim that a vegan diet can not only help prevent cancer, but also reverse (or treat) it. However, these claims often don’t come with sources backing them up. I decided to do a bit of digging into the subject to find relevant studies.  I’ll summarize what I found here. Vegan (and Vegetarian) Diets and Lower Cancer Risk Most of the research done around vegan diets and cancer is...

Free Printable Vegan Nutrition Chart (PDF)

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Most nutrients are easy to get on a vegan diet, but there are a few nutrients that you want to pay special attention to. I created a vegan nutrition chart that just focuses on these hard to get nutrients that you can save or print out for convenience at no cost. You can view, download, or save the chart here. It’s not particularly pretty, but it has the most important data that you...

Does Flaxseed Cause Gas? (It Can, Here’s How…)

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While flaxseed doesn’t cause excessive gas in most, it definitely can cause gas! There are a couple of ways this can happen, I’ll go through each one quickly. If none of these seem like the cause of your gas, it could be something else in your diet. Flaxseed Has a Lot of Fiber Gas is caused when fiber or certain carbohydrates ferment in your large intestine (your small intestine can’t digest...