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Miley Cyrus has revealed she is no longer vegan – and has blamed the diet for her ‘brain not functioning properly’.

The pop star made the comments while appearing on a recent episode of Joe Rogan‘s podcast. She said she tries to eat for her ‘brain type’ and revealed that a pescaterian diet is ‘where [she’s] at’.

Cyrus, who ditched animal products in 2013, revealed to Rogan that she is ‘experimenting a lot’ with her diet and exercise regime, and that the prospect of ‘leaving veganism’ is terrifying. She said her first foray into eating animals again was in 2019, when ex-husband Liam Hemsworth barbecued her some fish. 

‘Running on empty’

Rogan told Cyrus the vegans ‘would come for her’ after admitting she now eats animals, and the singer replied that they will come for her, but it’s ok, as she is ‘used to people coming for me’.

She added: “Listen, I give home, I have 22 animals on my farm in Nashville, I’ve got 22 in my house in Calabasas, like I’m doing what I need to do for the animals, okay? But when it comes to my brain – you’re not vegan, you can’t be vegan and living this kind and being this quick, but sure you can, some people can, I cannot [sic].”

Rogan asked what veganism did to her brain, and Cyrus replied: “Now I’m so much sharper than I was and I think that I was at one point pretty malnutrition [sic].”

‘No indication she was seeking medical care’

Despite the claims about a vegan diet and brain function, ND Dr. Matthew Nagra has spoken out about how ‘fatigue (mental or physical) can be caused by a myriad of issues, which may not be diet-related, and there’s no indication that she was seeking any medical care’.

“In addition, it’s important to note that the research on omega-3 supplements (EPA/DHA) and cognitive function is mixed, with potential benefit in older adults specifically. Of course, fish is a source of these omega-3s, but so is a vegan algae-based supplement,” he wrote in an Instagram post.

“That being said, it is unclear if vegans even need to supplement since we produce EPA and DHA from short-chain omega-3s (ALA) in foods like flax and our levels don’t vary much from fish eaters. Furthermore, those with genetically elevated levels don’t seem to be protected against Alzheimer’s disease, which is why I just think of these supplements as an extra safety measure, to ensure you get enough.”

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Miley Cyrus has announced, on @joerogan, that she is no longer vegan. She claims that she was mentally fatigued and believes she was deficient in omega-3s, which is why she reintroduced fish. Supposedly, upon reintroduction she has noticed improvements in brain function and energy. Given this information, the question becomes, “is her vegan diet to blame?” ?? ? For starters, fatigue (mental or physical) can be caused by a myriad of issues, which may not be diet-related, and there’s no indication that she was seeking any medical care. In addition, it’s important to note that the research on omega-3 supplements (EPA/DHA) and cognitive function is mixed, with potential benefit in older adults specifically. Of course, fish is a source of these omega-3s, but so is a vegan algae-based supplement. That being said, it is unclear if vegans even need to supplement since we produce EPA and DHA from short chain omega-3s (ALA) in foods like flax and our levels don’t vary much from fish eaters. Furthermore, those with genetically elevated levels don’t seem to be protected against Alzheimer’s disease, which is why I just think of these supplements as an extra safety measure, to ensure you get enough. ?? ? Something that should give pause is when someone notices drastic improvements with a small dietary change. This SCREAMS placebo effect. On a physiological level, it’s impossible for a few meals of seafood to drastically change omega-3 levels, especially within the brain. This becomes even more likely when a vegan has constantly been told that their diet is deficient by those who clearly have not seen the data. We can start to believe it…That being said, we have no clue what Miley was actually eating. ?? ? So before you see all the carnivore doctors posting about this negative anecdote, even though meat is a poor source of omega-3s, remember that an anecdote isn’t science and the overwhelming body of evidence suggests that vegans/vegetarians have lower risk of many non-communicable diseases and all-cause mortality. There’s a reason that health professionals like @drgarthdavis and @brendadavisrd continue to thrive without any signs of slowing down. ??? ? References ??

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Placebo effect

He added: “Something that should give pause is when someone notices drastic improvements with a small dietary change. This SCREAMS placebo effect. On a physiological level, it’s impossible for a few meals of seafood to drastically change omega-3 levels, especially within the brain.

“This becomes even more likely when a vegan has constantly been told that their diet is deficient by those who clearly have not seen the data. We can start to believe it…That being said, we have no clue what Miley was actually eating.

“So before you see all the carnivore doctors posting about this negative anecdote, even though meat is a poor source of omega-3s, remember that an anecdote isn’t science and the overwhelming body of evidence suggests that vegans/vegetarians have lower risk of many non-communicable diseases and all-cause mortality. There’s a reason that health professionals like @drgarthdavis and @brendadavisrd continue to thrive without any signs of slowing down.”

Smart Supplement

Plant Based News is working with supplement company Heights to find applicants for a trial of its flagship Smart Supplement – which was designed as a premium-quality replacement for most common supplements and multivitamins – combines 19 essential healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in the quantities shown to have the highest impact on the health of your brain and body, in a formulation you can actually absorb.

Its nutrient highlights include antioxidants, which are great for counterbalancing the effects of environmental pollutants and other lifestyle factors that put stress on our bodies. Heights contains five powerful antioxidants; vitamin E, anthocyanins, zinc, selenium and Vitamin C.

The supplement also features Omega 3 oil (DHA and EPA from algae oil). For those that don’t already know, Omega 3 Oil optimises the structure of your brain and can help with mood and mood disorders. DHA can also improve memory and focus, and EPA helps to fight cellular inflammation.

B vitamins – which provide your cells with energy and support the efficient transport of information through your brain – are included, alongside Vitamin D, which has been government-recommended during lockdown, and is extra-important as we slide into the autumn and winter months. Deficiency is common and is associated with poor immune function and many other health problems including depression.

Unlike pretty much any multivitamin in the market, Heights uses a patented ‘clever capsule’, which not only slow releases the nutrients into your gut but enables them to encapsulate Omega 3 oil too.

Taking part

To take part in the trial, applicants must be plant-based, and not take supplements*, and be able to attend appointments on London’s Harley Street. Compliance with supplementation is important and Heights would like participants to achieve 80-90 percent compliance with their supplement. The company will be in touch through the trial to support participants with this, and will offer tips on how to maximise compliance.

The successful applicants will be invited to collaborate with leading Harley Street scientists and dietitians, to see first hand the impact of optimum nutrition on your brain health and mental well-being.

They will be offered:

  • Nutritional blood biochemistry assessment at Harley Street clinic – screening bloods for B vitamin profile (B1, B2, B6, B12 and folate), Omega-3 and Iron studies
  • Participants will be given Heights for free for three months and then be rescreened.
  • Two nutrition consultation sessions with clinical dietitian Sophie Medlin
  • Mood and stress assessments at the start and end of the trial.

To enter

  1. Complete the application form here

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The competition closes on Monday, September 7. Participants must be aged 18 or older and be able to attend appointments on Harley Street, London. Full T&Cs are available at yourheights.com.

Maria Chiorando

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.