8 Essential Nutrients Your Vegan Diet May Be Missing

Vegetarianism is the practice of eating a plant-based diet with an increasingly or decreasingly rigid list of allowed foods, with vegan the most-narrow. Research shows that vegetarians have a lower risk of overweight, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and a lower rate of type 2 diabetes than non-vegetarians.

In fact, the closer someone follows a vegan diet, the more health benefits he or she will experience. But, it is also possible to experience nutrient deficiencies. Moreover, many of these nutrient deficiencies take years to appear, and by the time they do present themselves, damage to your body has already occurred.

The following is a list of 8 essential nutrients every vegan needs to ensure optimal health and well-being.