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  • What causes yellow skin in vegans?

    Hey everyone

    I have noticed that several vegans I have met, and to a certain extent some vegetarians, have a very noticeable (and in my opinion, sickly-looking) yellow tinge to their skin.

    Anyone know what they are lacking that might cause this?
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  • #2
    Too many bananas.

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    • #3
      Could it be to much carrot juice?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carotenosis

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      • #4
        lots of carotene (juicing carrots) will turn you slightly orange, how special is that?
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        • #5
          You can also get jaundice from B12 deficiency. Since you don't find a lot of B12 in plant foods, it's tough for vegetarians to get without supplementing. (And a lot of vegans refuse to use supplements from animal products, of course...)
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          • #6
            Yeah definitely a deficiency. Interesting anecdote:
            "The Dalai Lama experimented with vegetarianism once, but after getting jaundice, his doctors advised him to return to eating meat. This became controversial when he visited the White House and was offered a vegetarian menu, he rejected it and replied 'I'm a Tibetan monk, not a vegetarian'."
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            • #7
              With thyroid issues, people can have problems metabolizing beta carotene. I turned slightly yellow from low thyroid function and eating too many carrots.

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              • #8
                hmm. interestingly enough i was thinking the same looking at two vegans sitting next to me in class few days ago.

                1) Anemia is a big one

                2)Something off with their liver or kidneys...or both. many liver/kidney issues are linked to malnutrition btw

                3) excessive intake of vitamin A or poor absorption of vitamin A ( and the absorption is very poor when its Vit A from plant source

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                • #9
                  Yellow skin is a sign of poor liver funtion. Hope that is working out well for them.

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                  • #10
                    Some of them look kind of gray to me, maybe the ones that don't like carrots?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jenny View Post
                      You can also get jaundice from B12 deficiency. Since you don't find a lot of B12 in plant foods, it's tough for vegetarians to get without supplementing. (And a lot of vegans refuse to use supplements from animal products, of course...)
                      B12 deficiency and heart disease in vegetarian Indians
                      http://www.themedguru.com/20100926/n...-86140640.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Xenya View Post
                        hmm. interestingly enough i was thinking the same looking at two vegans sitting next to me in class few days ago.

                        1) Anemia is a big one

                        2)Something off with their liver or kidneys...or both. many liver/kidney issues are linked to malnutrition btw

                        3) excessive intake of vitamin A or poor absorption of vitamin A ( and the absorption is very poor when its Vit A from plant source
                        Just a side note-contrary to popular opinion-Beta Carotene is NOT vitamin A. It is a precursor. Two VERY different things!
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                        • #13
                          I have a vegetarian aunt who adores carrots and has to limit them a little bit or she becomes quite yellow/orange.
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