Athletes like Serena Williams, JaVale McGee, and Lionel Messi have all realized the benefits of going vegan, and now Indian Cricket captain, Virat Kohli has joined them! Kohli who has become an inspiration for those looking to get fit for ages now, and just recently he announced that he has given up all animal products like animal protein, dairy, and eggs.
Apparently Kohli was once a lover of meat, but he claims to not be missing it whatsoever. Instead of consuming animal-based products, the cricket captain has included a plethora of veggies, protein shakes, and soy products into his diet.
It seems that Kohli became aware of the many advantages a vegan diet has to lend. To name a few, opting to go vegan can reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and cancer because it cuts down the intake of saturated fat and instead includes antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. In fact, for vegan women specifically, it can lower their risk of developing breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer by 34%! Veganism has also been shown to help fight inflammation caused by arthritis. In a study conducted by Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 600 participants adhered to a vegan diet for three weeks. Within those three weeks, a vegan diet was found to reduce C-reactive protein, a protein responsible for causing acute and chronic inflammation in arthritis patients.
With all these benefits, it is no wonder athletes are making lifestyle adjustments. Not only can it help improve their health, but it can also help improve their game!
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