Since going vegan about 4 years ago I try to eat a really balanced diet and adapting my food and to make sure I get loads of vitamins particularly those that are difficult to find such as B12 (Marmite is my go to for B12!). I try and get most of my vitamins and nutrients naturally but I also really like pizza so just like before I was vegan I also take supplements to make sure that I get those more difficult to find vitamins. I have worked my way through many different types and brands since going vegan and they have been getting better and more easier to find.
So these are the ones that I am currently taking.
- Vegan society Veg 1 – These are my main supplements, I went for these ones as they are by the vegan society and they are the specialists in the vitamins needed for a vegan diet. They cost me £12.70 for 6 month supply which is amazing. They contain:
- Vitamin B2 (1.6mg – 114%)
- Vitamin B6 (2mg – 143%)
- Vitamin B12 (25µg – 1,000%)
- Vitamin D3 (20µg – 400%)
- Folic Acid (200µg – 100%)
- Iodine (150µg – 100%)
- Selenium (60µg – 109%)
To give you a very broad overview of what these are good for. Vitamin B’s keep your nervous system healthy. They help you to break down food for energy and help your body make red blood cells which are what keeps your skin, hair and nails healthy. Vitamin D keeps bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Iodine controls the body’s metabolism and Selenium is antioxidant. I am going to do another post more specifically about vitamins where I go into more depth.
Then I take vegan Omega 3, 6 and 9 vitamins, these are for keeping blood cholesterol levels healthy and normal. I eat a lot of seeds and nuts that have all the omegas in but I still like to have a supplement to make sure. I was so happy with these as they were from Morrisons my local supermarket and cost about £2 which is so cheap. I am not sure why they only do these ones instead of a full vegan range or multi vitamin but I am happy they have these at least.
I also take Iron which I got from Holland and Barrett. Iron makes hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells that helps transport oxygen around the body. These also contain vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Folic acid, Biotin, Calcium, Copper and Molybdenum.
Finally I take calcium and magnesium with zinc these are from Holland and Barrett and cost around £10. Calcium is good for building strong bones and teeth, making sure blood clots normally and maintenance of muscle function.
I feel by taking these each day as well as eating a balanced diet I am ensuring I am not deficient. For the most part these are vitamins that you take with water with the exception of the the veg 1 from the vegan society. This is a chew able vitamin and the flavors are orange and blackcurrant. They do have a very slight chalky taste but not off putting. I have only tried the orange ones but I have heard good things about the black currant one.
So that is my daily routine for vitamins and I have made such an effort this year to take them everyday.
I would love to hear about your supplements.
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