The best supplements for Vegans

B12, Vitamin D, Omega 3 and more

In our consultations together we will work with your blood test results and an assessment of your diet along with any symptoms to see which supplements will give you optimal health.  I have included this resource to make shopping for great supplements (that are also Vegan) to compliment your food intake.

 

You may be recommended:

Vitamin D supplement - Vegan D3

Usually, Vitamin D 3 is not vegan and Vitamin D2 is. 

 

Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) is the form of Vitamin D produced by the body after sun exposure. Common vegetarian Vitamin D supplements are Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol), which is a derivative of ergosterol and is not produced by land plants or vertebrates. The healthy debate continues regarding whether D2 offers equivalent amounts of the vitamin.

 

Ingredients: Sorbitol, maltodextrin, Vitashine plant source vitamin D3 (starch, sucrose, silicon dioxide, antioxidants (D-Alpha tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate), cholecalciferol), anti-caking agents (stearic acid, magnesium stearate).

Vegan. Gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free.

This can be purchased at The Cruelty Free Shop.  Visit in person and plan to get any items needing refrigeration into a cool pack and then in to your fridge.

Omega 3 EPA DHA Supplement

 

Opti3 is a 100% vegetarian and vegan suitable, high strength Omega-3 EPA DHA supplement. The unique Opti3 formula provides 300mg EPA, 500mg DHA and 200IU Vitashine Vegan Vitamin D3 per daily dose. All of the ingredients in Opti3 are 100% vegetarian and vegan approved. This includes the capsule itself, which is vegetable-based and gelatine-free. Opti3 is produced under Pharmaceutical quality-controlled conditions. Vegan. 60 capsules.

• Omega-3 EPA & DHA
• Triglyceride form (superior to Ethyl Ester form)
• High strength formula
• Registered with Vegan Society & Vegetarian Society
• Minimum 300mg EPA, 500mg DHA
• Contains 200IU (5mcg) Vitashine Vegan Vitamin D3
• Vegetable capsules
• Gluten-free
• Monthly packs of 60 capsules (2 a day)

This can also be purchased at The Cruelty-Free Shop.  

Vitamin B12 Supplements

 

 There are different types of vitamin B12 - there is more about this important vitamin for vegans on this page.  Check that the supplement you are purchasing is suited to Vegans.  

This is the most important supplement - not only for vegans but also for people over 50 years of age.

Studies show it is best to take this supplement often - daily, for example, is preferable to weekly.  Fortified foods and many multivitamins and iron supplements will contain vitamin B12.

It is imperative that you intake and absorb optimal levels of vitamin B12.  The best way to make sure you are is with the appropriate tests from your medical doctor.  Testing for B12 is not the most accurate test - particularly for vegans who use algae-based foods and supplements as your levels may appear higher than they are.  The most accurate test for vitamin B12 is homocsyteine levels. 

Book a session with me if you are not confident in navigating this for yourself.

Multivitamins for vegans

 

The brand Vegetology makes this multivitamin supplement, especially for vegans.  It includes vitamin B12 and D3 (vegan) along with a host of other nutrients which are listed in the table below. As you can see from the table of nutrients and the percentages of daily recommendations, a lot of mineral and vitamins are provided - so this is a great supplement to give you peace of mind that you are getting the nutrients you need.

Keep in mind that % of daily recommendations differ between countries and sometimes these minimum amounts are not the same as optimum amounts.

This supplement does not contain omega 2 EPA and DHA.

It is a larger tablet so suited to adults.

Nutrient

Per Tablet

% EC RDA

Vitamin A (as β-Carotene & Vit A conc.)

800mcg

100%

Vitamin D3

5mcg

100%

Vitamin E (Natural)

12mg

100%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine Hcl)

1.65mg

150%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

2.1mg

150%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

16mg

100%

Vitamin B5 (D-Calcium Pantothenate)

6mg

100%

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hcl)

2.1mg

150%

Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin)

50mcg

2000%

Vitamin C

80mg

100%

Vitamin K2 (as MK7)

75mcg

100%

Folic Acid

400mcg

200%

Biotin

50mcg

100%

Coenzyme Q10

10mg

N/A

Calcium (as Carbonate)

120mg

15%

Iron

14mg

100%

Iodine (from Bladderwrack)

150mcg

100%

Magnesium (as Citrate)

57mg

15%

Zinc*

10mg

100%

Selenium*

55mcg

100%

Copper*

1mg

100%

Manganese*

2mg

100%

Chromium (as Picolinate)

40mcg

100%

Molybdenum

50mcg

100%

Choline Bitartrate

15mg

N/A

Inositol

15mg

N/A

Lutein

2mg

N/A

Rutin

20mg

N/A

Citrus Bioflavinoids

20mg

N/A

Mixed Carotenoids

2mg

N/A

Total Mixed plant Superfoods:

200mg

N/A

Goji Berry Extract

50mg

N/A

Blueberry Extract

30mg

N/A

Green Tea Extract

50mg

N/A

Resveratrol

50mg

N/A

Pumpkin Seed Extract

20mg

N/A

 

Iron Supplements

Bioceuticals Iron Sustain

 

This is a great iron supplement that is suitable for Vegans.  The ingredient listings are below.  Here are the notes from the company about this product.  

"Easily absorbed, convenient one-a-day tablet which is gentle on the stomach.

Iron Sustain provides highly bioavailable iron in the form of ferrous bisglycinate. Activated B vitamins and vitamin C support the formulation. Iron may be of assistance to people with an increased demand for iron or whose dietary intake of iron is inadequate. Iron is necessary for the formation of haemoglobin in the blood, which transports oxygen to the tissues."

I like this because i have used it and had great results that are verifiable in blood tests.  It also contains forms of iron that are easier for many people to absorb, along with two forms of vitamin B12.

 

Iron (II) glycinate (bisglycinate) Ferrochel®

88.8mg

equiv. iron

24mg

Ascorbic acid vitamin C

200mg

Pyridoxal-5-phosphate monohydrate P5P) (active vitamin B6

24.4mg

equiv. pyridoxine (vitamin B6)

15mg

Levomefolate calcium

125mcg

equiv. levomefolic acid (5-MTHF) (active folate)

115.44mcg

Calcium folinate

135.05mcg

equiv. folinic acid (activated vitamin B9)

125mcg

Mecobalamin co-methylcobalamin) (active vitamin B12

125mcg

Cyanocobalamin vitamin B12

125mcg

 

Floravital Liquid Iron by Floradix

Floravital is a great liquid iron tonic - if you are low on iron this is a great pick me up.  Floravital is the Vegan option in the Floradix brand iron options.

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