Brian May Told To Eat Animal Products Following Heart Attack - Says He's 'Gradually' Returning To Veganism 'I remained loose about being completely plant-based for most of last year' - Media Credit: STARMUS

Brian May Told To Eat Animal Products Following Heart Attack To ‘Restore’ Protein Levels

The Queen star says he 'gradually' and 'sustainably' returning to veganism after the health scare

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Brian May says he was told to eat animal products following a heart attack earlier this year.

The Queen star recently revealed he was ‘strongly advised’ to consume eggs and fish to ‘restore’ his protein levels after the health scare.

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He says following the dietary change, he has ‘remained loose’ about being plant-based – but is now approaching veganism in a ‘gradual and sustainable way’. 

“It’s actually unhelpful to be too harshly judgemental on yourself – or on other people,” the musician said.

“Every step in the direction of eating less animal-derived foods helps animal welfare, planet Earth, and your health.”

‘Proper vegan’

May also celebrated the launch of Nestlé’s new vegan KitKat – describing it as a ‘breakthrough’. 

Moreover, he told his 2.8 million Instagram followers: “I’m just praying that the Vegan Kit Kat will magically taste like DARK Kit Kat, and not like a milky one. [I] don’t like milky chocolate. 

“If this is the case, it will hopefully edge me further in the direction of being a proper vegan, rather than just vegan-ish. If not, it’s back to those guilty feelings. 

“What else is helpful in the quest for a vegan diet? Beyond Burgers, incredible, especially with lashings of fried onions, vegan mayonnaise, and ketchup. 

“And, ‘That’s not Bacon’ – which adds a very tasty color to breakfast time. And… Chia Pudding – home-made with almond milk. Very refreshing, loaded with the right amino acids and entirely innocent!”

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Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Yeah, because low protein causes heat attacks? What?

From the sound of it he should focus on a whole foods plant based diet and not Beyond meat burgers. He’ll just give himself another heart attack eating vegan junk food.

Camille Delisle-Carrigan
Camille Delisle-Carrigan
1 year ago

Sorry but, I’m confused. Sounds like he was probably not eating a HEALTHY vegan diet..?? More details would be very helpful. Telling someone to eat animal products after a heart attack just sounds like typical medical community BS, since they get virtually ZERO nutritional training in medical school.

Larry G Maloney
Larry G Maloney
1 year ago

He wasn’t vegan. He claimed he was healthy and ate a low fat diet. He got three surgical stents. That doesn’t happen to vegans. Now, Brian’s under the illusion he has a “strong heart.” The problem was never a weak heart. He plugged his arteries up eating meat & dairy.

Andrew 101
Andrew 101
9 months ago

The head of the vegan society died of a heart attach, learn your facts!

Jilly
Jilly
6 months ago
Reply to  Andrew 101

He was 95 years old for goodness sake!

KT Ritchie
KT Ritchie
1 month ago

If he ‘plugged his arteries up eating meat and dairy’, how could he have been on a low-fat diet??? FYI – vegans get heart attacks as well.

linda Dobson
linda Dobson
27 days ago

Of course it can happen to vegans ..Some heart probs are hereditary no matter what diet Lifestyle or size you are in that instance

Sandra
Sandra
1 year ago

Brian May should stick to a healthy whole food plant based diet if he wants to avoid another heart attack. Leave out the junk food Brian and you will have many years of animal rights advocacy left, which we all wish to see. From Sandra, a plant based doctor.

arrsue
arrsue
1 year ago

Eating vegan junk food is not good on a daily basis as a treat great wholesome plant based is advisable needs reeducation on plant based nutrition.

Larry G Maloney
Larry G Maloney
1 year ago
Reply to  arrsue

Brian didn’t get sick eating “vegan junk food.” There’s no such thing. There are no vegan junk food. Junk food is junk food regardless of your label.

sticky
sticky
1 year ago

I’d say he was/is deficient in magnesium. (Doctors don’t know how important magnesium is – another commenter here recognises the medical system’s ignorance of nutrition).

It is stored in the bones and muscles (particularly the heart). Deficiency can result in a host of serious health problems. If you don’t take in enough magnesium daily to help run the approximately 800 processes it is involved in, then the body takes it from storage. If the heart muscle becomes too depleted, then it can result in a heart attack.

I believe that everybody would benefit from reading ‘The Magnesium Miracle’ by Dr Carolyn Dean. She explains that it is impossible to get enough magnesium from your diet (it seems that the ‘average’ diet today contains only about half of what it would have 100 years ago, mainly due to soil depletion), and that everybody needs to take a supplement.

For the past 18 months I have been taking 600mg a day, and have seen a big improvement in my vitality.

Susan
Susan
1 year ago
Reply to  sticky

I take 200 mg because my doctor says most of the studies were done on that dosage. I think the usual RDA is 400 mg. I take it with my evening meal because it’s a relaxing mineral and can help with restful sleep.

sticky
sticky
1 year ago
Reply to  Susan

Hi Susan. I started taking 600 mg because the author believes that the RDA of 420 mg is too low, and she suggests that this amount is more appropriate, stating that Mg and Calcium should be taken in equal amounts. Although I dabbled in being a vegetarian when I was much younger, and have never aspired to being vegan, I have made sure that seeds and nuts have been part of my diet for the past 30 years (probably because I had read that they are good sources of magnesium).

Even so, I feel that I was still deficient, but fortunately avoided having any health problems. Dr Dean first qualified as a nutritionist, then later trained as a medical doctor. Her frustration at the medical profession’s ignorance (and ignoring) of magnesium comes through often in the book.

You are right about Mg helping sleep, since it is involved in the production of melotonin. It is also involved in six of the eight steps needed to produce ATP, which is the body’s source of energy. And it is a gatekeeper for insulin’s entry into the cells, so with low magnesium there is a risk of too much insulin, and glucose, in the bloodstream, possibly leading to type II diabetes.

It also boosts the immune system, something that was discovered more than 100 years ago by a French surgeon. How many doctors today know that?

These are just some of the many things I didn’t know about magnesium, and learned from reading this book. Anybody who takes prescription medicines – especially statins, and ones containing fluorine compounds – or drinks alcohol (I don’t do either, fortunately) would benefit from reading it too.

The 2nd edition is about twice the length of the first, and contains new sections.

LiberalinAkron
LiberalinAkron
1 year ago
Reply to  sticky

Except that they put in stents, I am told. That would indicate heart attack by a clogging cardiovascular system.

Andrew Marley
Andrew Marley
1 year ago

What a load of crap, been a veggie since mid 80s and I know it’s far better to have plant based protein than animal protein. As a veggie not vegan I can eat eggs an ordinary cheese, but other protein products too including many different types of beans, nuts, quorn soya, both of which have vegan versions too, there’s mushrooms, semolina, there’s peas, and many more besides so this story is either made up or the doctors telling Brian to go against his veganism is totally wrong and misinformed.

LiberalinAkron
LiberalinAkron
1 year ago
Reply to  Andrew Marley

Go to Nutritionfacts.org to get the scoop on dairy products!

Rob Dexter
Rob Dexter
1 year ago

He said “Every step in the direction of eating less animal-derived foods helps animal welfare, planet Earth, and your HEALTH.” Yet he takes a doctor’s word for it to consume eggs and fish to ‘restore’ his protein levels… Does he think low protein levels aren’t a health problem? How am I constantly getting more protein than I need without eating animals? Chickpeas, wholemeal bread, brown rice, hummus (home made with added chia and hemp seeds), fortified soy milk sure seem to help. Brian seems to have forgotten the scientific method and just taken a supposed authority’s opinion as fact. 🙁

Larry G Maloney
Larry G Maloney
1 year ago

Notice the article doesn’t state who ‘strongly advised” Brian May “to consume eggs and fish to ‘restore’ his protein levels after the health scare.” I doubt it was a medical doctor. Doctors shy away from admitting these foods are deadly because of peer pressure and the power of the meat and dairy industries. Keep in mind several medical specialties rely on consumers existing on meat & dairy to maintain their lofty lifestyle. They avoid the science, essentially keeping their head in the sand.

a canadian
a canadian
1 year ago

brian blames the covid for his illnesses.. he apparently had it while touring..
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/queens-brian-may-is-grateful-to-be-alive-after-heart-attack-and-stomach-hemorrhage/

Frank McLaughlin
Frank McLaughlin
1 year ago

Why would any doctor advise him to eat eggs after a heart attack which has the highest cholesteral content of all? The egg industry isn’t even allowed to promote eggs as being healthy because they’re anything but healthy and it woud constitute false advertising if they did say eggs were healthy.

KT Ritchie
KT Ritchie
1 month ago

Most heart-attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/cholesterol-and-heart-attacks

Jilly
Jilly
6 months ago

Brian, I’d get another doctor. Eggs are a cholesterol time bomb.

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