Are Vegans More Prone to Yeast Infections


I’ll give you the short answer, then explain why.

No, vegans are not more or less prone to yeast infections.

Some people who go vegan report that they develop more yeast infections, while others say the opposite.

The fact is that no study so far has found any link between a vegan diet and yeast infections.

Is It Possible For a Vegan Diet To Cause a Yeast Infection?

Just because there is nothing specific about a vegan diet that causes yeast infection, doesn’t mean that your vegan diet in particular isn’t having an effect.

Your new diet may:

If you’re eating a lot of vegan junk food, stop and see if that makes a difference.

Otherwise, use a tool like Cronometer to see if your diet is lacking in any important nutrient.

Important Nutrients for Your Immune System

The four most important nutrients for a healthy immune system are:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc
  • Selenium

The 2 vitamins are very easy to get on a vegan diet, it’s unlikely you have an issue there. Refer to my list of the best vegan sources of vitamin E, and the top vitamin C sources if you’re worried.

However, it is possible to lack either of the other 2.

Take a look at this list of the best vegan sources of zinc, and this list of the best vegan sources of selenium.

Try to incorporate some of the top foods on both lists into your diet more frequently and see if that makes a difference.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.

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