“Failure to Thrive” as a Vegan – Could Supplemental Carninutrients Help?

Although whole-food vegan diets are notably health protective in many ways, some people who have tried vegan diets, even those informed enough to supplement with vitamin B12 (absent from vegan diets), claim that they gave up this attempt because they simply didn’t feel like they had robust health at the time. It is suggested that supplementation with physiologically cofactors found in flesh foods – cofactors which aren’t truly nutritionally essential because the body can make some of their own – might improve the health and vigor of some vegans. These cofactors – dubbed “carninutrients” – include carnitine, taurine, creatine, and carnosine (or beta-alanine). A clinical study evaluating this hypothesis is recommended.

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