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January, 2015

The YOUTUBE video linked at the end of this article is one of the funniest videos I have ever seen.

The guy in the video is a super-vegan and he’s wildly full of life!

He’s also brilliant, knowing his blood levels of various esoteric blood tests. He knows some pretty sophisticated nutritional biochemistry, too!

OK. He swears like a fish-wife, but please don't let that distract from his message.

He raises the question, "Can some people thrive on a vegan diet?"

I had always thought it impossible, because critical essential nutrients, such as vitamin A (retinol, not beta carotene), vitamin B12, vitamin K2, vitamin D3, taurine and other important nutrients are either only contained in animal fats.

This is the case with vitamin A, vitamin B12 and the amino acid taurine.

Vitamin K2 and vitamin D3 can be had without consuming animal products.

For instance, vitamin K2 can be consumed in quantity in the fermented soy food called natto with very small amounts also being found in some fermented foods, such as kimchee, sauerkraut and kombucha.

Vitamin D3 is made in skin in response to sunlight (UV-B). However, most people do not get enough sunlight to make adequate amounts of vitamin D3 for optimal health effects.

Traditional Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist David Getoff, who I regard highly, eloquently states why being a vegan is not sustainable in this YOUTUBE video.

However, a placebo-controlled gene study showed that about half of the population have a genetic defect that makes their bodies unable to efficiently convert beta carotene into vitamin A.

Two other studies showed that almost half of normally healthy men and women can't absorb or convert beta carotene into vitamin A in the body.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10837297
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/75/5/900.long

It would seem that if some people aren't genetically equiped to go meatless, the opposite could also be true.

So, the scientific jury is still out on veganism, but the guy in this video certainly makes a compelling case for being a vegan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCr614a6zPg

Many blessings,

Michael Mooney
www.michaelmooney.net – Progressive Nutritional Information
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