Vegan diet, mental status, liver disease

A study carried out in Sweden revealed that a vegan (animal-product free) diet improved the mental status in a group of patients suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. These patients were given a vegan diet for one week, after which psychological tests were carried out, and compared with tests given after one week of a meat-containing diet. The researchers feel that a longer trial on an animal protein-free diet may show greater mental improvement. Other studies have revealed that patients on an animal protein-free diet handle protein more efficiently despite their liver disease (Clinical Nutrition 6:169-174, 1987) Copyright 1987 Phylis Austin

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