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Supplements for vegans

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 effi

Ingredients: Sorbitol, maltodextrin, Vitashine plant source vitamin D3 (starch, sucrose, silicon dioxide, antioxidants (D-Alpha tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate), cholecalciferol), anti-caking agemts (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 multi vitamins and iron supplements will contain vitamin B12.

It is imperitive 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.  Testine for B12 is not the most accurate test - particulalry 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 seesion with me if you are not confident in navigating this for yourself.

Multi vitamins for vegans

The brand Vegetology makes this multi vitamin 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 cotnain 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.