Ask an expert

28 Nov 2005

Food for vegetarian

I'm a vegetarian and I don't eat onion, spring onion, garlic and chives. My blood pressure is usually quite low and I feel faint and nausea after exercise. I wonder if my nutrition level is insufficient due to the fact that I don't eat meat, or my ability to absorb nutrition is poor. I don't know what is lacking in my body and I'd appreciate it if you can advise me a healthy list of food/recipe. Thanks a lot!
Answer 401 views

01 Jan 0001

Dear Cathy
It is quite possible that you may have developed a deficiency of one or more of the following nutrients which are lacking in strict vegetarian diets: a) protein b) calcium c) iron (which leads to iron-deficiency anaemia which can cause fainting and nausea d) vit B12 which can also cause a type of anaemia with similar symptoms, e) zinc, f)omega-3 fatty acids. If you also do not eat eggs and use milk and dairy products then you need to supplement your diet with a complete vitamin and mineral supplement such as Centrum or Supradyn Forte, a calcium supplement such as Calcium Sandoz and a source of omega-3 (Salmon oil capsules). It is also a good idea to go for a medical checkup because if you do have an anaemia then you will need extra iron or vit B12 supplements.
Take care
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
33% - 9320 votes
67% - 18609 votes