To most, the vegan lifestyle is a recent phenomenon—one only recently championed by world-class athletes, entertainers, health expert, scientists, animal-rights and environmental activists and average Americans. However, anthropological research has uncovered evidence of people consciously avoiding animal products as far back as 2,500 years ago. Pythagoras, a Greek mathematician and philosopher in the 5th century BC, followed a vegetarian diet and promoted “benevolence among the species.” Then, in 1806, Dr. SilliamLambe and Percy Bysshe Shelley set forth the earliest concepts of veganism after publicly objecting to the use of eggs and dairy products because of ethical concerns.

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Today, there are millions of vegan-American and the figure continues to increase dramatically. While there are many reasons for adopting the lifestyle, health concerns are most often cited as prompting a change. A plant-based diet can benefit the human body in innumerable ways, including:

Improved Cardiovascular Health: According to the American Heart Association, saturated fats—those found in beef, lamb, butter, cheese, high-fat dairy and other animal products—increases cholesterol levels in the blood and, therefore, the risk of heart disease and stroke. The most effective way to limit intake of saturated fat is to eliminate the animal-based contributors and switch to a plant-based diet.

Improved Digestion: Weight loss, better sleep, improved skin texture and more energy are all benefits that people experience after switching to veganism. Perhaps the most touted benefit, however, is improved digestion. A plant-based diet eliminates many processed foods—and, with them, their unpronounceable ingredients—and increases intake of all-important fiber, both of which improve digestion and elimination. Additionally, more fiber allows the body to feel fuller and maintain optimal blood-sugar levels so we stop digging through the cabinet for unhealthy—and, again, often processed—snacks.

Better Joint Health: Multiple studies have shown that a plant-based diet can help people with certain types of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Participants who switched to a probiotic-rich raw food vegan diet for six weeks reported higher energy levels, better overall body functioning and a greater reduction in symptoms—specifically morning stiffness, pain and joint swelling—than those who stuck with a meat-based routine.

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