2. Lower blood pressure

High blood pressure— or hypertension— is when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is chronically high. According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, and many are not aware.

Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, vision loss, sexual dysfunction, angina, or peripheral artery disease (PAD).

In one study, 29 patients with chronic hypertension were taken off their blood pressure medication and instead ate a vegan diet. All patients showed significant improvement in overall health and blood pressure levels.

A 2002 study conducted on 11,004 people aged 20-78 showed a significantly lower prevalence of hypertension and lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure overall among vegans, than in the meat-eating groups.