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

  1. Darryl says:

    I’ve been an admirer of your syntheses for the past year, as they’ve informed my own viewpoint and suggested avenues for research, and have recommended them to other vegans.

    I thought this recent
    report of complete synthesis of EPA and DHA in false flax (Camelina sativa) was of considerable interest:

    Ruiz‐Lopez, Noemi, et al. “Successful high‐level accumulation of fish oil omega‐3 long‐chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in a transgenic oilseed crop.” The Plant Journal 77.2 (2014): 198-208.