Health Features

Viva! Health unravels the most recent scientific research and makes it easy to understand. Here we update you on the latest findings...

Everyone needs a regular source of vitamin B12 and for vegans this means a supplement or a good supply of B12-fortified foods.  
If you’ve been having trouble getting pregnant, forget about oysters and champagne; the best fertility foods are fresh fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, healthy fats and plant protein.  
According to some ‘health’ writers vegan diets are deficient in vital nutrients. So, do vegans need to become pill-poppers to stay healthy?   
Spending more time in the sun or taking vitamin D supplements could help reduce the risk of Covid-19 complications, say some scientists.
Some people who stop eating meat continue eating fish in the belief that it’s good for them and that fishing is less cruel and less destructive than farming. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The 2019 Netflix documentary The Game Changers took the sports world by storm, with hordes of bodybuilders, runners and athletes going vegan to improve their health and performance.  
Most people know that saturated fats, like those found in meat, cheese, butter, pies and biscuits, are ‘bad’ and unsaturated fats, in nuts and seeds, are ‘good’. But are some of the good ones better than others and where can we find them? 
Why do we need it? Which foods are the best sources and can too much be harmful? 
People are confused – bad science and poor journalism don’t help our understanding of fat, lumping the good and the bad in the same basket. Many people fear all types of fat, worrying that it’s always bad for our health and that it causes unwanted weight gain. But not all fat is bad… 

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