Vegan Nutrition with Chris Masterjohn, PhD.

Chris Masterjohn, PhD.

Chris Masterjohn, PhD.

Here’s Chris’ academic background:

  • I earned my PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut in the summer of 2012.
  • From September 2012 to August 2014, I served as a postdoctoral research associate in the Comparative Biosciences department of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • From August 2014 to December 2016, I served as Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York.

In the fall of 2016, I made the decision to leave academia and pursue entrepreneurship a transition I completed on January 1, 2017.

As of January 2017, I’m on my own. I am currently conducting independent research, consulting, working on information products, collaborating on information and technology products, and producing tons of free content to help people gain better health.

Chris Masterjohn makes an excellent job at making complex science understandable by masses. He joined me in this episode to bring to you the best vegan specific nutrition advice so you can thrive!

In this episode we cover:
  • Chris’ background and why vegan diet did not work for him
  • connection of vegan diet and other factors on mental disorders, specifically anxiety
  • We talk about zinc, which is a mineral that especially vegans can get deficient in and how to troubleshoot it. It might be the mineral that prevents you from building muscle even if you get enough protein!
  • I speculate that ketogenic diet might hinder your ability to learn new things.
  • Then we talk about Omega 3s. Do vegans and also general population need to supplement it?
  • And we finish by talking about joint supplements for athletes.

Show notes

00:05:15 Chris’ history and experience with vegan diet and what lead him to nutrition research
00:11:30 Why some people thrive on the vegan diet while the other don’t do well

  • anxiety disorders and eating disorders
  • predispositions that might make your health hard on the vegan diet

00:24:20 Asking the wrong questions in nutrition
00:27:20 Question: What is the relationship between cholesterol and CNS sensitivity
00:32:30 “People who think more and who engage in a lot of learning have higher need for brain related nutrients”
00:34:40 Zinc needs for creating muscle mass
00:35:20 Might ketogenic diet hinder your ability to learn?
00:40:40 Building muscle on the vegan diet and it’s connection with Zinc, which is problematic in vegan diets

00:49:55 Omega 3s in vegan diet – conversion of ALA to DHA

  • biotin, sufficient calories, protein and carbs boost conversion
  • diabetics and overweight people hinder conversion
  • calcium and maybe zinc impacts conversion
  • genes impact conversion

00:56:25 Vitamins that require metabolic conversion from the plant foods: DHAs, vit. A, B3 (Niacin) B5, B6, K2,
01:01:03 Supplementing Omega 3 DHAs for general population and psychiatric
01:04:45 Joint supplements for runners


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