An unexpected discovery: vegetarianism reduces the size of the brain


Неожиданное открытие: вегетарианство уменьшает размеры мозга Scientists conducted an interesting study.

Scientists from Oxford University came to the conclusion that the people who refuse eating meat, the brain tends to decrease.

Giving up meat is one of the rapidly spreading in our day food trends. People who stop to use this product, say that they start feeling better. But the Oxford scientists noted: refusal of meat a person commits a crime against his own brain.

It is especially dangerous if this is stop eating fish. Researchers, the experiment was conducted with the participation of the people who followed in his principles of vegetarianism. The age of the volunteers ranged from 18 to 87 years. The authors of the project recorded different parameters of the brain of participants – the size, the electrical activity.

For years after that people ate in accordance with their preferences and beliefs, i.e., did not consume meat and dairy products, and fish. When a year later the subjects were invited for re-examination, it was found that their brain has occurred negative changes.

The brain itself has decreased in size, in addition, the decreased the results of the tests on the memory and speed of thinking.

“People who adhered to a vegetarian diet for many years, brain size has decreased more than beginners-vegetarians. All because of a lack of vitamin B12, the main supplier which in the human body are meat and fish,” — said the researchers.

Scientists stressed that a serious shortage of vitamins are invariably adversely affects the functions of organs of the Central nervous system. Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) important for the formation of red blood cells and for the process of formation of DNA affects the condition of rapidly renewing tissues (blood, immune system, skin and mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract).

B12 brings invaluable in the formation of nerve fibers and has a positive effect on metabolism, movement of lipids and carbohydrates in the body. The researchers said that the disturbance in brain activity in vegetarians observed in 6 times more often than other people.


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