While veganism is an amazing lifestyle filled with a boundless variety of colorful foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins, it’s well known that some supplements are a step towards perfect health.
Before I continue, I want to make it clear that in no way does this mean a vegan diet is not a natural and healthy way to live. Most omnivores also have to take a supplement, and many do not get the wide array of vitamins that plant-based eaters do.
WHAT YOU NEED
The most important supplement – and the only one absolutely needed – for vegans is vitamin B12. Many uninformed vegans will tell you that B12 is found in fermented food and seaweed, and while this is true, your body can’t use B12 from those sources. Nutritional yeast contains a decent amount of B12, and soy milk, fake meats and many other processed foods are fortified with it. If you’re a raw vegan or prefer not to eat processed foods, then a supplement may be the only answer. It is important to remember that while we don’t need a lot of B12, it is definitely necessary.
WHAT YOU MIGHT NEED
Dairy products contain a lot of iodine, so as a vegan, you may need to supplement. However, iodized salt and other products should be enough.
WHAT YOU DON’T NEED
Iron, calcium and vitamin D are all touted as necessary vegan supplements. But the truth is, eating dark leafy greens will give you all the iron and calcium you will need under normal conditions. Sunshine and fortified foods like soy or almond milk will give you vitamin D.
I’m not a doctor, and I don’t know you personally, so I can’t make any statements based on your individual health and dietary needs. Do your own research and make your own well informed decisions.
Stay happy and healthy!
~Shyla and Fargo