As we navigate these first few days of the New Year, many of us will have undertaken the challenge of Veganuary, a month spent consuming an entirely vegan diet.
A common concern people have about veganism is whether the diet can provide your body with all the vitamins and minerals it needs. At Time Health, we’re passionate about providing people with the right supplements to suit their lifestyle, whether you’re consuming a plant-based, pescatarian or vegetarian diet.
In this blog, we’ve put together a straightforward guide, outlining what to supplement as a vegan. Ensure your body receives exactly what it needs this Veganuary by browsing our range of expertly formulated, plant-based supplements today.
A varied, balanced vegan diet provides individuals with almost all the essential nutrients they need. However, our modern lifestyles and ways of producing and consuming food make it slightly more difficult for vegans to receive everything they need from diet alone.
Consuming a vegan diet comes with a multitude of health benefits, including it being low in saturated fats and sugar, and high in antioxidants. Supplementing your diet with added nutrients can enhance your alternative lifestyle, ensuring your body is receiving everything it needs.
The Best Vegan Vitamin Supplements
Used to make new DNA and red blood cells, we need iron to carry oxygen into the blood. Not getting enough iron in your diet can lead to anaemia, with fatigue being the most common symptom.
The recommended daily amount of iron for men and post-menopausal women is 8mg. This increases to 18mg for adult women, and 27mg for pregnant women.
There are two forms of iron: heme and non-heme. Heme is found solely in animal products, while non-heme can be found in plants. Vegan supplements containing iron are the ideal way to add this crucial nutrient into your diet – keeping energy levels up so you can take on the world.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D is crucial to maintaining bone health and supporting muscle function. As a vegan, the amount of calcium in your diet is likely to significantly decrease. Therefore, it’s important that you complement your diet with vitamin D, especially during the winter months.
At Time Health, we’re pleased to offer our customers a range of vitamin D supplements, from capsules to powders. All of our vitamins and supplements have been formulated without the use of unnecessary extras, so you can have total peace of mind that your body is being nourished with only the best ingredients. To browse our complete range of vegan diet supplements, simply use the navigation on our site.
It’s well known that the best source of omega-3 is oily fish. As a vegan, it can be tricky to receive enough of this crucial nutrient, essential to maintaining good overall heart health.
As well as taking omega-3 supplements, those following a vegan diet should ensure to include a number of omega-3-rich foods into their meals on a daily basis. These include walnuts, soya and sunflower seeds.
Crucial to the maintenance of healthy teeth and bones, calcium is commonly found in dairy products. For obvious reasons, this can make it difficult for vegans to receive enough of this crucial nutrient in their diet. Plant-based milk and yoghurts are often fortified with calcium, but, in order to receive the 700mg recommended daily intake, many vegans will often supplement their diet with calcium-rich vitamins.
At Time Health, we’re pleased to stock a range of plant-based supplements, packed full of calcium. These include our Marine Calcium and Trace Minerals from Lithothamnium calcareum and Calcium D-Glucarate – Premium brand CDG – 550mg. Helping to remove harmful toxins from the body, the other benefits of choosing this vegan diet supplement include hormone balancing and supporting healthy cholesterol levels.
- Vitamin B-12
Crucial to combating fatigue and supporting the normal functioning of the nervous system, vitamin B-12 is naturally found in meat, fish and dairy products.
In order to ensure your body receives enough vitamin B-12 as a vegan, it’s recommended that individuals incorporate a B-12 supplement into their diet.
How Much B-12 Supplement Should a Vegan Take?
Low B-12 intake can cause anaemia and damage to the nervous system. To ensure your body receives the full benefit of a vegan diet this Veganuary, you should do the following:
- Take a supplement daily that contains at least 10 micrograms of B-12
- OR take a supplement weekly that contains at least 2000 micrograms of B-12.
Our B Complex Whole Food Plant Based Cultavit combines all 8 B vitamins in food form. Made using high levels of active ingredients, we have created our B complex using a pure, 100% additive-free formula.
Looking for high-quality vegan dietary supplements that are free from all the added nasties? Browse our range of vitamins and supplements today.
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