talk briefly about plant-based diets. Um, there's a lot of reasons why people adopt plant-based diets, right? And whatever reason is your reason, you know, if you happen to be on a plant-based diet totally fine, but from the from your Vantage Point as a mental health expert do plant-based diets concern you
Plant-based diets concern me because it's a dietary pattern that require supplementation that you might be able to debate that a little bit. Now there have been some B12 analogs. I think found in a couple types of algae and long-chain omega-3 fats. I think, you know one might be able to argue you make those right? So it's not exactly an essential fat although they're essential fats. So and then when you look at some of the data and it's just want to cherry-pick like some of the concerning stuff like the Epic Oxford study that found 40. I'm sorry 52 percent of male vegans for B12 deficient. So there's frankly B12 deficient and then 23% additionally were B12 insufficient. Meaning that your level is normal, but it's so low that it's not really offering you the mental health and brain benefits that a normal B12 level offers. So You can certainly supplement as every begin listening knows so I think that but it just concerns me. It concerns me to kind of direct people towards a diet that you need a supplement to for.
From a Mental Health Standpoint, Plant-Based Diets Concern Dr. Ramsey
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