Vegacheck: Blood test for vegetarians and vegans who want to measure their blood levels from time to time. (WP9)
This blood test consists of the biomarkers:
- Vitamin B2 (dairy, meat, vegetables, fruit and cereal products)
- Vitamin B12 (meat, fish, dairy products, eggs)
- Vitamin D3 (sunlight, fatty fish, addition to frying products)
- Calcium (dairy products)
- Total protein (kidney, liver and intestines)
- Iron (anemia)
- Blood count:
- Hemoglobin (Hb) - Anemia - General symptoms of fatigue
- Leucocytes - White blood cells - Infections
- Platelets (Thrombocytes) - Prevention of Blood Loss
- Erythrocytes - Red blood cells - Anemia
- Hematocrit - Anemia - Fluid Shortage
It is possible to eat healthily without meat. A vegetarian diet with plenty of vegetables, fruit, legumes, bread, cereal products, dairy products and eggs provides all the nutrients the body needs.
Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products, such as meat, fish, dairy and eggs. Therefore, vegetarians should consume dairy (and eggs) daily, and vegans should take a B12 supplement. Plant-based iron is more difficult to absorb than animal-based iron, but there are sufficient plant-based sources of iron to meet the need. Finally, plant protein is of slightly lower quality than animal protein, but this can be compensated for by consuming more of it.