What are vegan multivitamins?
A vegan diet mainly comprises foods that derive exclusively from plants, like fruits, vegetables, legumes, pulses, grains, nuts, and seeds. In other words: a diet that omits all animals-based products, including dairy, eggs and gelatin. People choose to pursue veganism for various reasons, ranging from those concerning health to protecting the environment.
But even with carefully planned meals and snacks, it can still be relatively challenging to receive the whole gamut of nutrients on a vegan diet. As a vegan, you run the risk of falling short in some of the most important nutrients found in animal products. Plant-based diets, for instance, are widely known to lack vitamin B12.
For that reason, it can be helpful to supplement with a multivitamin to cover any nutritional shortfalls and support your overall health and wellbeing. And as the interest in veganism continues to grow in the UK, so too do the vegan-friendly multivitamins available on the market.
Can vegans take multivitamins?
If you’re vegan, you certainly can take a multivitamin. In fact, we strongly recommend that you do to ensure you’re hitting every nutritional note. However – before investing in a new formula – it’s always important to check the label to determine if it’s vegan-friendly, as some multis may contain animal products.
How are vegan multivitamins different?
Aside from excluding any animal-derived ingredients that are commonly found in other supplements, such as gelatin, vegan multivitamins generally provide relevant yet safe amounts of vitamin B12, iron, vitamin D3, calcium, iodine, and zinc – nutrients that you may not otherwise get enough of on a plant-based diet.
You can find an excellent spread of these vitamins and minerals in Multi-Guard Active, which is one of our best-selling vegan multivitamins.
Why should vegetarians and vegans take multivitamins?
The biggest concern with vegetarian and vegan diets is eliminating main food groups. By cutting out animal-based products, like meat, fish, eggs and dairy, you may fall short in some essential micronutrients, such as vitamin B12, iron, vitamin D3, calcium, iodine, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. A deficiency in any one of these food groups may affect your bone health, energy levels, mood, and cognition.
As a vegetarian or vegan, you need to plan your food choices carefully – and supplementing with a broad-spectrum, vegan-friendly multivitamin is a helpful insurance policy to plug any nutritional gaps you may encounter.
It’s also worth mentioning that following a vegan diet doesn’t always mean eating well. Some vegan products only have the allure of being healthy, containing excessive amounts of salt, sugar, and highly processed ingredients, such as veggie burgers and fake meats.
And so – although taking a vegan multivitamin should never justify poor eating habits – it may help cover any dietary shortfalls if your diet isn’t always well-balanced.
Where can vegans get B12?
Traditionally found in animal sources, vitamin B12 is essential for those on a vegan diet. This nutrient contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal psychological function, the normal function of the immune system, and a reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Without enough vitamin B12, it’s not uncommon to experience tiredness, irritability, low mood, and even cognitive changes.1
Besides eating foods fortified with vitamin B12, such as nutritional yeast, plant-based milk, and some cereal, adding a high-strength supplement to your diet is the only reliable way to achieve the recommended daily allowance of 1.5 micrograms (mcg). Fortunately, most vegan multivitamins provide this amount – if not more.
Taking a multivitamin is always an excellent insurance policy to cover all your nutritional bases, especially if you have specific dietary requirements, such as following a vegan diet, which can mean you may fall short in certain nutrients.
If you still have any questions about vegan multivitamins, please reach out to one of our expert Nutrition Advisors. Just click the 'Nutrition Advice' button located at the bottom right-hand corner of our website to start a live chat with a member of our Nutrition Team.
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- nhs.uk. 2021. Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia - Symptoms. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamin-b12-or-folate-deficiency-anaemia/symptoms/
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