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Here's an interesting tidbit. I have not cross checked this with the article it references, but yet another reason to keep up that B-12 if your vegan...

TODAY'S TIP: VEGAN DIET HARD ON THE EYES


Vitamin B12 is important to eye health. A deficiency of B12 may lead
to optic nerve deterioration and can cause irreversible damage.
Researchers fear that people following a strict vegan diet may not get
all the B12 they need to maintain healthy vision. B12 is especially
important to maintaining the health of the optic nerve.

A letter recently published in "New England Journal of Medicine" told
the story of a 33-year-old vegan who suffered from a long list of
vitamin deficiencies and had suffered deteriorating vision. His
eyesight had tested at 20/400--near total blindness. Though the
vitamin deficiencies were treatable, the vision loss would not be
correctable.

A vegan diet is one in which a person avoids all animal products,
including those foods produced by animals (eggs and cheese, for
example). Vegetarians, on the other hand, might eat seafood and animal
products, thereby making them less susceptible to a B12 deficiency.
It's a good idea to consult a dietician if you're considering adopting
a strict vegan diet.



--Leisa Pichard

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