Vegans May Need Lysine Supplements

I started taking a lysine supplement to prevent cold sores and accidentally discovered that it's something really important for a vegan diet. 

While plants are a source of lysine and some even have a lot, on a strict vegan diet you may end up not getting enough, like I did. Especially if you're very physically active. 

There were no overt symptoms. Just general tiredness and fatigue. A lysine supplement really made a difference in my overall alertness and physical ability. I stopped sleeping so long and stopped waking up tired. 

If you're sure your vegan diet is healthy and well rounded and don't understand what's missing, lysine may be the answer. It's an essential amino acid found in many animal products. So taking a supplement isn't generally dangerous. You can take in a lot without any negative impact. So it's definitely worth a shot if you're experiencing unexplained fatigue.

Vegan Period

There's something interesting that happened to me throughout the course of my changing diets. When I went vegan I got my period once every 4-5 weeks like clockwork. Prior to that, my whole adult life, I'd only gotten it every 8-10 weeks or so and it was always sporadic and unpredictable. It had always been like that, ever since I first got it.

But for some strange reason, which I can only guess is indicative of how healthy a vegan diet really is, it became regular when I was eating that way.

As soon as I went off the vegan diet it went back to a more uneven pace. With a vegetarian diet it came more often too. Usually at about 6 weeks or so. Eating meat seems to give me the biggest gaps between.

Interesting phenomenon to say the least. Curious really.