One of the first things you often hear as an argument against going vegan is that “vegans have to take too many supplements.” I find this interesting considering that grocery stores are full of vitamins, protein shakes and other supplements that are marketed to non vegan customers. One can absolutely get almost all of the nutrients that he or she needs on a whole food plant based diet.
However, let’s discuss some supplements that may be beneficial to include in your daily routine (these supplements are important for vegan and pre vegans as well).
Some vegans may argue against this one, but I think that everyone should be taking B12. B12 comes from a bacteria found in our soil but because our soil is so depleted these days, we are not getting enough of it. In addition, most of us wash the soil off of our fruits and veggies so the amount ingested is so small. Some would argue that you could not wash your produce and also not brush your teeth for awhile (ewwwww!) and you could get an adequate amount of B12. I think I would rather take a supplement :).
Quick note about how omnivores get B12: did you know that animals are often given B12 supplements during their “production”. So, people who are eating meat are also getting B12 through a supplement. It is just secondary through the animal’s flesh.
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Other supplements that are commonly deficient in plant based diets, according to Dr. Fuhrman in Super Immunity, are Zinc, Iodine, Vitamin D, Vitamin K2 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
I recommend getting a blood test to see if you have any deficiencies. In addition, I love the Chronometer App and website. It allows you to track your nutrition throughout the day and will tell you what nutrients you are missing from your diet.
For extra insurance I take a multi vitamin created by one of the most influential plant based doctors. **I do not sell this vitamin or get paid to endorse it. Please check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet.
I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any additional questions about supplementation. I always love to hear from you ❤