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Marko Papuckosvki

Clinical Nutritionist

Veganism & Mental Health…

I recently came across a medical case study of a 16-year-old male who presented with mixed mood disorder symptoms with psychotic features.

The patient exhibited a range of psychiatric and neurological symptoms, including irritability, regressive behavior, apathy, crying, hallucinations, and delusions.

Laboratory evaluations, including endoscopy and biopsy, indicated atrophy of the gastric mucosa with Helicobacter pylori colonization, which led to malabsorption of vitamin B12.

The patient received treatment with intramuscular vitamin B12 injections, along with therapy for Helicobacter pylori infection.

The treatment resulted in significant improvement, with the disappearance of psychotic features and elevated vitamin B12 levels.

The study also mentions a similar case reported from Turkey, indicating that vitamin B12 deficiency presenting with psychiatric symptoms may be more prevalent than previously thought, particularly in certain populations with specific genetic variations.

This is why a vegan diet may not be the best fit for certain individuals…

… I will take it a step further and argue that a vegan diet is simply not harmonious with human health.

Vitamin B12, primarily found in animal-based products, plays a crucial role in brain function and mood regulation.

Vegans may be at a higher risk of B12 deficiency, which could potentially exacerbate psychiatric symptoms.

This case study emphasizes the importance of considering nutrient intake, especially B12, for those with mental health concerns.

But, it’s not the only one, there have been many case studies over the years of patients with psychosis and even some cases of dementia who have had full recovery simply from supplementing with B12 and increasing their intake of animal protein.

This Is Just Advice…

If you’re considering a vegan diet, try the following first:

Cut out processed foods from your diet.

Stop drinking soda.

Eat protein with every meal.

Cut out any foods with added sugar.

Eat meat, fruits, vegetables, olive oil, some nuts, and seeds.

Try this ^ for 90 days and let me know how you go!

P.S. When you’re ready, you can book a 30-minute health assessment with me or my team at no cost and no obligation. We’ll ask some questions about your health and make recommendations on how to improve it. Just click the button below to book your spot.

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