Study: Creatine From Meat Seems to Help Us Think

Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? Besides vitamin B12, depending upon what you eat and the supplements you take, you can find your diet somewhat low in zinc, long chain omega 3 fatty acids, and even some amino acids. One of these amino acids is called creatine, and the best source is meat.

Researchers who study cognition and athletic performance simply love giving vegetarians creatine supplements. This practice might seem curious until you look at the following facts…

Source: Your Brain on Creatine

Most people don’t understand about non-essential amino acids is that you don’t need them – your body can synthesize them.  Just not efficiently.  Unless you’re getting your non-essential aminos from your food or supplements – you’re probably non-essential amino acid deficient.

Can a Vegan Diet Work for Athletes?

More and more of us are questioning the long-held notion that a meal is not a meal unless it is based around a piece of meat. Awareness is also continuing to grow of the health, environmental and welfare issues that are consequences of chowing down on many of the animal food sources we take for granted.

Source: Can a vegan diet work for cyclists?

The article addresses “where’s the protein?”, but nothing about iron or vitamin B12.  There are a couple of spots where they say “vegan” but mean “vegetarian”.  It makes up for being cursory by suggesting investigating what suits you.

It can be really good to make a dietary change but:

  1. Start it in the off season
  2. Be gradual to get a better idea of what works and what doesn’t