Best Vegan Bodybuilding Supplements (2020 Update)

Best Vegan Bodybuilding Supplements

Side note: I go over vegan supplements for health purposes in a different blog post. If you’re interested in knowing more in-depth information about the crucial supplements a vegan needs to remain healthy… please refer to the green link above.

Now… even if you think you’re already a healthy, athletic individual, It’s still paramount to have your B12 and Vitamin D in check as they are what allows your body to function well.

For that reason, I won’t skip those two in this blog post since they are supplement vegans must not live without.

Of course, today I’m going to give a bigger emphasis on vegan supplements that maximize performance and muscle growth — but I’m still going to briefly mention the vastly important supplements that keep your body alive.

Hitting the gym after work isn’t something most people have the will to do because it’s super tiring. That’s why it’s all the more important to have these mix of supplements to help you manage your energy while enabling you to put on lean mass very smoothly.

So, what are the best vegan supplements out there?

Well, we’re going to divide them into two groups. Health supplements and Performance Enhancing supplements.

Vegan Health Supplements

Health supplements are essentially supplements you can’t ignore as they cannot be naturally obtained via diet.

Vitamin B12 & Vitamin D are two vitamins that are hard to obtain naturally, so they either need to be chemically introduced into food or exist in the form of supplements.

“Aren’t fortified foods enough to get my daily intake?”

You can, but that would require you to eat unusual amounts of food and to live in a place where you have access to sunlight most of the time.

Additionally, the reason why supplements include up to 10,000% more the recommended amount… is because our bodies are unable to fully absorb vitamins.

You might consume a tablet with 100 mg of vitamin B12, but your body’s b12 sensors can only absorb 1.5 mg at once, while an additional 1% enters your bloodstream through the gut.

Therefore, if you’re vegan, always have isolated supplements of B12 and vitamin D.

Why Is Vitamin B12 Important?

Vegans are especially criticized for not having vitamin B12 in their diet… but that’s only because this is a vitamin only accessible through the soil in form of bacteria.

As a result, vegans need to source their b12 from fortified foods and supplements.

Omnivores fail to realize this but their main source of B12 comes from animals who’ve been given shots of vitamin B12… as they’re bred and fed indoors.

B12 deficiency can be devastating.  Reports of paralysis, psychosis, blindness, and even death are a reality, so it’s not an issue you can turn a blind eye to.

The New Vitamin B12 Requirements!

According to recent studies… the original B12 recommendations are wrong.

The 2.4mg we view as standard today has been proven to be off the mark, when specialists looked at a study that was conducted for that effect.

That study was done more than 50 years ago with only 7 people.

With such a small sample and outdated scientific knowledge, I believe a revamp is in order.

Recent studies point to a bigger number that sits between 4 and 7. 

Here’s a short 1-2 video with an explanation for that:

Why You Can’t Skip Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus from your gut. A healthy intake of Vitamin D is often associated with improved immune function, better mood, improved memory, and muscle recovery.

Unfortunately, very few foods contain vitamin D.

And the ones that do don’t have enough to satisfy our daily requirements.

This might explain why both vegans and omnivores in many parts around the world have vitamin D deficiency. (1, 2)

Vitamin D is also called the sunshine vitamin.

When you are exposed to UVB rays, a chemical in your skin reacts to the sunlight by producing vitamin D. That vitamin D is carried to your liver and then your kidneys transform it into active vitamin D.

The reason you can’t skip vitamin D is that vitamin D deficiency can lead to a panoply of health issues, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, cognitive impairment (in older people), asthma (in children), weaker bones, muscles, etc. 

How Much Should You Take?

The current guidelines stipulated by the Institute of Medicine point to 400 – 800 IU per day. However, recent research points to a different conclusion — considering how the current guidelines are a by-product of a statistical error.

This sentence was borrowed from a very recent study published on PMC. It is mind-blowing to know that we’re following guidelines that aren’t 100% correct.

Thankfully though, we have access to studies and valuable information that can clarify upon the levels really required.

In fact, further studies reveal that consuming between 1,000-4000 IU would be considered enough to reach healthy vitamin D levels. (3, 4, 5) For instance, consuming between 1,000-2,000 IU could reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer with minimal risk.

Here is a brief video that better elaborates that point:

Do You Need an Omega 3 Supplement?

According to the World Health Organization and the European Food Safety Authority, we should get at least half a percent of our calories from the short-chain omega-3 ALA.

What is the short-chain omega-3 ALA?

Short-chain omega-3 ALA or short-chain fatty acids are produced when dietary fiber is metabolized by bacteria in the colon. By eating fiber, you create butyrate. One of the most beneficial short-chain fatty acids in your body.

Butyrate, as well as acetate, are short-chain fatty acids that prevent the growth of bad bacteria, increase your absorption of minerals like calcium and iron, and help you control your appetite.

Not only that, but these short-chain fatty acids also suppress inflammation in the body, and help reduce the risk of colon cancer. It’s very easy to get your daily dose of short-chain omega-3 ALA… as you only need to ingest a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds.

The beauty of consuming short-chain omega-3 ALA is that our body then converts the short-chain into long-chain omega-3s EPA and DHA found in fish fat.

Do you need an Omega 3 supplement?

The short answer is no. A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association evaluated the effects of omega-3 fats on life span, cardiac death, sudden death, heart attack, and stroke. They discovered no benefit for the prevention against those diseases.

Do You Need A Supplement For Iodine?

Truth be told, not everyone knows what Iodine is for. Meaning… not everyone knows about the paramount importance of Iodine and why your body needs it.

What is Iodine?

Iodine is a chemical element our body can’t produce. The reason our body needs it is because the thyroid gland requires iodine to make hormones. If we don’t have enough iodine in our body, that just makes our thyroid gland work hard, which can lead to different problems.

Iodine deficiency can prevent women from ovulating, leading them to a state of infertility. With Iodine deficiency, you are also more susceptible to an autoimmune disease of the thyroid which can lead to thyroid cancer.

As you can see, the importance of Iodine is paramount.

Is there something like “too much” Iodine?

Yes, you want to avoid having too much Iodine in your body.

It can be as bad as having too little because you might end up having the same symptoms of iodine deficiency.

Here are some ingredients you’ll want to avoid because they’re carrying abnormal quantities of iodine: Kelp, Paddle Weed, and Hijiki.

You’re probably like… “Alex, I don’t even know what that is…” well, that’s good.

Where do I get my iodine from?

It’s actually really simple. Rather than using natural sea salt, use iodized salt, and you’ll probably get all the iodine you need.

The other best source is sea vegetables or a multivitamin. Seaweed is a wonderful food with lots of B vitamins and minerals, like Iodine. In fact, studies suggest it may even prevent cancer. Seaweed has the power to hinder cancer cell growth.

This said I want you to be wise and NOT consume too much seaweed as you may end up consuming too much Iodine.

So… should I get a supplement?

In my humble opinion, I don’t think you have to. You’ll probably find other websites telling you to buy an Iodine supplement, but that isn’t really necessary.

Top 3 Vegan Vitamin B12 Supplements

Here are my go-to recommendations for vitamin B12. This just serves one purpose, and that is to complement your diet.

They’re cheap, awfully simple, and they should last you a year or more.

#1 – Nature’s Bounty B12

Vitamin B-12 1000mcg

Pros:

  • Tested in a microbiological laboratory to ensure purity.
  • The number of tablets available can last you one year or more.
  • Ingredients follow GMP quality standards
  • Very affordable for the quality it has.

Cons:

  • It takes a while to dissolve.

Short Review:

This is one I would suggest to you if you want to ingest B12 more frequently. The reason I say this is because our body is proficient in absorbing smaller quantities at a time.

Nature’s Bounty B12 was created by a team of scientists and manufacturing experts dedicated to maintaining the highest quality standards in the production of this supplement.

In fact, this supplement goes through numerous quality tests in microbiological labs to ensure purity and potency.

It is also created with ingredients from suppliers that meet GMP supplement quality standards.

The most appealing factor in the supplement is the 200 tablets which can last you 1-1.5 years. With a 1000 mcg for each tablet, you can ingest 1 every 2-3 days for a long-lasting supplement.

When you ingest one small tablet, you’re left with a sweet aftertaste.

#2 – Natrol B12

Vitamin B-12 5000 mcg Pros

  • Due to a higher dose, it can last you 1-2 years.
  • It’s quicker to dissolve in comparison to other b12 supplements.
  • It doesn’t require water to swallow.
  • One thousand reviews. Mostly positive. Therefore the company is trustworthy.

Cons

  • I don’t like the fact it’s promoted as an energy booster.

Short Review:

What I like about this supplement is the fact it has a high-dosage. This means you don’t have to take a tablet every day or every two days.

You can just take a tablet once a week and live without the thought of taking supplements daily.

That is a precious state of mind that allows you to relax and have some peace of mind.

And in spite of the high-dosage and the fact it can last you 1-2 years, this supplement is incredibly cheap.

#3 – mykind Organics B12

organic b-12 supplement Pros

  • Made from Organic Ingredients.
  • Non-GMO.
  • It’s actually certified vegan and gluten-free.
  • The unique flavor it has is from actual fruit.

Cons

  • The company is now owned by Nestle.
  • They have changed from a glass to a plastic bottle.
  • Lasts 3-6 months which is relatively shorter than other options available.

Short Review:

I wasn’t aware at the time I wrote this article, but apparently, Nestle has bought the Garden of Life.

And for someone vegan, that is a bad association because their profits often go toward making more animal products, and profiting off the exploitation of that industry.

If you’re a vegan, you should be aware of this. I’m not saying that you should buy this product, I’m just saying that it now belongs to Nestle.

On a more positive light, this B12 is actually made from organic ingredients. It comes with 140 sprays per one bottle. If you take two sprays a day, it should last you three months which less than the supplements I’ve mentioned above.

This being said, the product has a high amount of reviews (1000+) and most are quite positive.

Top 3 Vitamin D Supplements

Based on current research, we want to find the supplement that gives you the right dosage you need for the longest period of time.

Here are my three favorite choices for vitamin D of the year:

#1 – Bronson Vitamin D3, 2000 IU.

vitamin d3 Pros

  • 360 tablets for a year-long supplementation.
  • Free from all major allergens.
  • Non-GMO.

Cons

  • Contains HFCS.

Short Review:

Bronson D3 vitamins are my go-to recommendation.

I just love to buy things in bulk. Not only are you getting a better bang for your buck but you also don’t have to worry about restocking for a while.

From the research I’ve done, there is simply nothing like it in the market when it comes to quantity and dose.

This being said, it’s not the perfect supplement. The bottle is obviously made from plastic, and although the great majority of ingredients are organic… there’s a sore thumb sticking out.

Amid the organic ingredients, you’re able to find HFCS. A non-healthy ingredient to have in a vitamin supplement.

Other than that, this is a great pick.

#2 – Sports Research Vitamin D3, 5000 IU.

vegan d3 Pros

  • Made with coconut oil to improve vitamin D absorption.
  • Free from all major allergens.
  • Non-GMO & certified vegan.

Cons

  • Only 60 tablets

Short Review:

The vitamin D3 from Sports Research screams ‘dope’ veganism and enhanced performance.

The bottle, although made from plastic, looks really good.

But if we look at it objectively for what it is — you’re going to find that for what is intended, it only has 60 tablets. Yes, the dosage is significantly higher at 5000 IU but it’s still way below Bronson’s Vitamin D3.

An added bonus to this Vitamin D3 is the addition of coconut oil. And the reason they’ve done it is because vitamin D3 is better absorbed with dietary fat. (Here is a study by the National Institute of Health)

If you have it difficult to absorb vitamin D, then this is probably a good choice, given the high dosage and mixed ingredients to further that absorption.

This being said, if you’re not willing to compromise financially (because it adds up), then Bronson’s vitamin D3 is still the most appealing choice.

#3 – Doctor’s Best Vitamin D3, 2500 IU.

vegan d3 Pros

  • Test by a 3rd Party.
  • Fairly cheap in relationship to supplements of the same grade.
  • Certified vegan.

Cons

  • Only 60 tablets

Short Review:

The only reason I’ve recommended this supplement is due to how cheap it is in comparison to other similar choices.

Furthermore, the fact it has been tested by a 3rd party means that what is being advertised on the bottle is actually being met.

Other than that, I believe there are better choices out there. I’m a sucker for bottles with 360 capsules… and to be honest, the price doesn’t change much.

Performance Enhancing Supplements

There are a few requirements vegan supplements must meet for someone who’s into bodybuilding. If you want to build lean muscle, you need to have the energy to tackle a mean workout and replenish your body afterward.

That’s right, you want to get the most out of your exercises. If you’re looking to maximize your muscle gains, you need to follow three rules.

You need to eat more calories than your burn, consume more protein than you break down and actually have a challenging workout.

Obviously, while you can achieve these goals with plain ol’ nutrition… supplements can help you cross the bridge even faster.

I’m going to review 6 types of supplements known in the fitness industry, and give you the reasons why you may need some… but not the others.

Let’s go over the best vegan bodybuilding supplements.

Creatine

There’s one thing creatine does exceptionally well and that is increase muscle mass.

It is a notion proven by actual research. (6, 7)

But wait… what is creatine?

Creatine is a molecule produced naturally by your body. Its function is to provide energy for your muscles and other tissues.

Taking a creatine supplement has a positive effect on your muscle cells and exercise performance, and bodybuilders often use it to promote muscle gain.

Research also shows that creatine improves muscle strength.

Gaining muscle strength also allows you to perform better, and incur in more challenging workouts that better break down the fibers in your muscles. A process that leads to increased muscle growth over time.

If you’re serious about gaining muscle — creatine is often the second obvious choice next to your protein powder.

Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s)

BCAA’s can be broken down into three different amino acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. They can be found in most protein sources, and they are crucial elements to muscle protein synthesis.

What does this actually mean?

Protein is the main building block of your muscles. And muscle protein synthesis is the specific process your body uses to build new ‘muscle’ protein.

IF our muscle is a wall. Each brick is a protein. And within each brick, you have components that can better form that brick, in order to create a tougher wall.

Leucine, in particular, is one of those components. In fact, leucine is seen as the amino acid to be the most potent at stimulating muscle protein synthesis.

With that in mind, an already huge supplement industry launched a supplement they believed to be efficient in building muscle. The BCAA’s supplement which contains leucine, and two other amino acids that appear to play a role in muscle protein synthesis.

But do you need it as a “supplement”?

Although it is clear that BCAA’s are important for muscle growth, it is still something you ingest every day via food. (8, 9) There is also research pointing to the fact BCAA’s are ineffective when following an exercise plan. (10)

In hindsight, this might mean BCAA’s are only really effective if you’re NOT including high amounts of protein in your diet.

Therefore, it’s hard to recommend a supplement when there are no groundbreaking facts supporting the fact BCAAs (as a supplement) are NECESSARY to build muscle.

Protein Supplements

If you read the section on BCAA’s, then you know…  protein is the single most important factor to build muscle.

In order to build muscle over time, you need to synthesize more protein than the one your body breaks down.

If we jump back to the wall analogy I made earlier, it’s really all about building your wall (muscle), with protein (bricks). That is what muscle protein synthesis is all about.

However, on the other side of the wall, you also have ‘someone’ else taking out each brick one by one. That process we call it protein breakdown. Or sometimes referred to as muscle proteolysis or muscle degradation.

The sum of these two processes decides how much muscle growth you’re having.

net muscle protein balance = muscle protein synthesis – muscle protein breakdown.

Yes, you can build your wall with natural protein (aka food), but not everyone can do it. For your body to assimilate enough protein to build muscle, you actually need to eat enough food to make that possible. Unless you’re able to do that, you can’t really build muscle.

Which is why most people rely on protein supplements.

The best supplement for a vegan wanting to build muscle is soy protein. But a supplement can only be effective if you’re not getting enough protein in their normal diet. Thus the name, “supplement”.

And the reason I say this is because research demonstrates that consuming very high amounts of protein supplements doesn’t help increase muscle if you are already following a high-protein diet. (11, 12, 13, 14).

How much protein should I take on a daily basis?

Your body is a highly complex organism that needs a given number of protein-based on different factors… weight being one of them.

According to different studies, it is recommended you get 0.5–0.9 grams of protein per pound (1.2–2.0 grams per kg) of body weight. (15, 16, 17) The heavier you are, the more protein you will require.

Weight Gainers

I have to admit… I was really skinny before hitting the gym. My first supplement was a weight gainer. With a moderate amount of exercise (mostly weight lifting), I developed some muscle… which may be somewhat noticeable on the left image.

The thing about weight gainers (and I wasn’t vegan at the time), was just how BLOATED I felt. That stuff utterly destroyed my stomach. It was filled with crazy amounts of sugars, but that was what enabled me to quickly grow in size.

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It wasn’t until later, that I changed to a regular protein supplement (and became vegan)… that I started to work my cardio and be all about the lean muscle.

In other words, since I was VERY skinny, the weight gainer served its purpose because it allowed me to grow in size and pump up my calorie intake… but that was it.

My suggestion is that you only use weight gainers if you have a hard time building muscle as I did in the past. 

Beta-Alanine

In caveman terms… Beta-Alanine is an amino acid that reduces fatigue and may increase your performance during exercises. (18, 19)

There is also evidence that beta-alanine may help increase muscle mass in someone that practices regular exercise. (20)

In fact, a study revealed that taking 4 grams of beta-alanine per day for eight weeks increased lean body mass more than a placebo in college wrestlers and football players.

This said, more information is necessary to cement Beta-Alanine as a proper muscle growth supplement — even though the results are quite positive thus far.

HMB (Beta-hydroxy beta-methyl butyrate)

HMB is essentially a molecule that your body produces when processing leucine.

Leucine is one of the most important amino acids due to its power to stimulate protein muscle synthesis (or muscle growth). And according to some evidence, HMB may have a positive impact on protein and leucine, in particular.

It may be especially impactful in the reduction of muscle proteins, which enables your body to grow more muscle.

This being said, this particular molecule may not work equally for everyone.

Studies reveal that previously untrained individuals who took 3–6 grams of HMB per day had an improvement in lean body mass. (21, 22, 23) While different studies show that similar doses of HMB are probably not effective at increasing lean muscle mass in trained individuals. (24, 25, 26)

Therefore, while HMB may be effective for people starting out… it may not work when your body is at a more advanced stage.

The Top 3 Vegan Creatine Supplements

Here are the best creatine supplements ranked from first to last:

#1 – Bulk Supplements Creatine

bulk supplements vegan protein Pros

  • 100% vegan-friendly (Not tested on animals)
  • Designed to build muscle and increase energy levels.
  • 99% purity level.
  • Best value for money.
  • More than 12,000 positive reviews.

Cons

  • The bag is tricky to seal.

Short Review:

I’m a sucker for the best value for money topics.

Especially when the products are exceptionally good.

The price for 1KG of creatine powder here is just preposterous. (In a positive way.) Additionally, this is a creatine powder that is lab tested and comes up with a 99.99% purity level.

For the health-conscious individual this is perfect because you know exactly what is inside your creatine.

It’s 99.99% of micronized creatine monohydrate that is meant to maximize muscle pump and increase energy levels, so you can experience explosive, power-packed workouts at the gym, every time!

Not only that, it has been reviewed by more than 12,000 people… which are insane numbers in any industry.

You can rest assured, because it’s a respected brand that has been around for a while, and people just love their products.

#2 – Raw Barrel Creatine

no bull creatine powder Pros

  • 100% vegan-friendly (Not tested on animals)
  • Micronized creatine monohydrate for fast absorption.
  • Free digital guide with “The Proven 7 Step Blueprint To Your Perfect Body”.
  • 100% Purity level.
  • Lifetime satisfaction guarantee.
  • The compact jar is easy to seal (and to open).

Cons

  • Not the cheapest supplement for the 500g of creatine it brings.

Short Review:

While this isn’t the cheapest supplement around, we can’t deny the effort the company put into its supplement to bring it up to a 100% purity level.

It’s 100% micronized creatine monohydrate that allows your body to absorb it very quickly in order to reap the benefits even faster.

I also like the fact that the company behind this supplement has no problem pushing out a lifetime satisfaction guarantee, which reveals the complete trust they have in their product.

You can only do that if you 100% believe your product is great. And it should be, because their creatine powder is lab tested, and its authenticity is verified via UV Spectrometer.

Again, for health-conscious vegans, it’s a relief to know we’re not clogging our bodies with fake fillers or additives… and we’re getting exactly what’s on the label.

In my opinion, it’s a bit too expensive, but I believe they run a discount for bulk orders. This being said, even if you end up picking this one, I believe you won’t be unhappy as it’s of the highest quality and will last you 100 days.

(Assuming you consume creatine once per day.)

#3 – Now Sports Creatine

best vegan suplements Pros

  • 100% vegan-friendly (Not tested on animals)
  • Part of the Terracycle recycling movement.
  • GMP Quality Assured.
  • Cheap in comparison to other supplements. (Contains 1KG, give or take)
  • The compact bottle is easy to seal and open.

Cons

  • Apparently, the product has changed and is now produced in China. (The quality took a downturn)

Short Review:

I was surprised to know that this supplement has changed from a family-owned business that shipped directly from the US… to a business that started using Chinese suppliers.

I’ve nothing against Chinese suppliers, but for a vegan, there’s the pollution aspect we need to take into account. Furthermore, there are some complaints about the change in “quality” from repeat buyers.

Aside from that, there are still some good points.

The NowSports company is part of the Terracycle movement, where companies, retailers, and more — join hands with Terracycle to collect and recycle hard-to-recycle waste.

Not only that, this is a very cheap alternative to the first two, which is a perk made possible by changing to Chinese suppliers. This supplement is very affordable for the 1KG of creatine it contains.

This being said, it doesn’t seem to be the most aligned with what any vegan tends to believe in nowadays. However, for those who are vegan mostly for the sake of animal cruelty, this remains a good, less affordable option in my opinion.

The Top 3 Vegan Protein Supplements

Here we’re going to be looking at supplements with the highest levels of purity, to ensure vegans interested in building muscle can still remain healthy, by not ingesting added fillers or additives that can only endanger their health.

Take a look at the best protein supplements we found for vegans looking to build muscle:

#1 – Ora Plant-based Protein

organic vegan protein by ora Pros

  • 100% organic and vegan-friendly.
  • No artificial ingredients.
  • Sustainably sourced.
  • Free from all allergens.
  • Delicious organic chocolate flavor.
  • Zero added sugars.
  • The most vegan-friendly supplement in the market.

Cons

  • More expensive than most supplements.

Short review:

While I don’t appreciate the expensive price for only 20 servings — this is a supplement I would acquire if I had deep pockets.

It screams vegan all over it.

Every ingredient in this supplement is 100% organic.

Additionally, no one is being exploited to salvage the ingredients that make up the Ora Protein Supplement.

This is thus far the most vegan-friendly option in the market, but it really comes at a price.

It has 1-2 grams of protein more than the other supplements I’ve mentioned, which you need to also take into account, given how a plant-based diet diverse nature may affect protein needs for muscle growth.

What you’ll find as well, is that this supplement is rich in iron. An element that vegans need to always keep in check to avoid deficiency.

This is a clean and pure supplement that will keep your muscle gains in check, without jeopardizing your health.

#2 – Orgain Plant-based Protein

Organic protein by orgain Pros

  • 100% organic protein.
  • Stevia in place of synthetic sugars.
  • Protein is easy to mix.
  • Priced affordably in comparison to similar competitors.
  • Zero added sugars.
  • Free from a great number of allergens.

Cons

  • Spoon doesn’t meet the correct measurements mentioned in the jar.
  • The taste is chalky, which is not as enjoyable for most people.
  • Jar only comes 1/2 full. (waste of plastic)

Short review:

Although this is a less pricey option, it’s still very enticing from a quality standpoint.

For many, the taste might be horrible… but if we look at protein objectively, it really meets its goal.

Unlike other proteins,  this one is high in dietary fiber, which provides many health benefits. It promotes bowel health, it lowers cholesterol levels, it helps control blood sugar levels… on the other hand, fiber keeps you full for longer periods of time.

If your plan is to put on weight, then you this probably the right option.

Another aspect that doesn’t make much sense is the size of the jar, in relationship to the amount of protein powder it has. The jar only comes half-full. That tells you how much plastic is being wasted.

This being said, this supplement is still a legit choice if you’re looking for an affordable plant-based protein that still manages to be high-quality.

#3 – VEGA Plant-based Protein 

vega plant-based protein Pros

  • Includes green ingredients like organic alfalfa powder, spinach powder, broccoli powder, and organic kale powder.
  • Both stevia-sweetened and non-stevia sweetened flavors.

Cons

  • The brand was reported to contain high levels of lead, arsenic and other heavy metals.
  • Flavour is horrible according to most reviews.

Short review (UPDATED):

I looked at this supplement as a really strong contender for plant-based protein supplements in recent years… but apparently, the supplement itself has recently tested positive for lead, arsenic and other heavy metals.

Not only that, the taste has changed as well.

The supplement used to be praised for its unique, and delicious taste, but something happened in recent months.

Although it still remains a dairy alternative for most “subscribers”, there are cheaper and healthier choices out there.

The Top 3 Vegan Weight Gainers

If you’re having a hard time putting on muscle and weight, a weight gainer is my go-to recommendation. It’s packed with calories, it’s high in protein and gives you the energy to handle challenging workouts.

Here are three of the best vegan weight gainers available:

#1 – Iron Vegan Weight Gainer

iron vegan weight gainer Pros

  • The surplus of calories gives you what you need to gain weight and muscle.
  • 100% vegan-friendly.
  • Only 1 gram of sugar. (Contrary to many gainers)
  • Delicious taste.
  • Non-GMO Protein.
  • Best bang for your buck!

Cons

  • The zipper makes it hard to seal the supplement.

Short review:

The overall macro profile and ingredients within the supplement are good, but I still believe the number of calories could be higher… especially for an ectomorph trying to hit 3000 calories.

The taste is clean with no indication of chemicals — which speaks volumes about the list of organic ingredients in its label.

There are very few weight gainers for vegans in the market right now, but I believe this one is quite impressive for the little choice we have.

You get 700 calories, 42 grams of protein, 70 grams of carbs, 13 grams of fiber and only 1 gram of sugar in a single serving! Tied to a highly nutritious plant-based diet and a good exercise program, you’re on your way to gains land.

Furthermore, this weight gainer contains 2.5kg of muscle-building powder… which is more than most supplements within a similar price range.

One detail that was reported as a negative aspect by most buyers, was the fact the zipper didn’t seal the bag properly.

It’s also worth mentioning that this supplement is gluten-free. Making it suitable for people with a gluten allergy as well.

#2 – GNC Earth Genius Weight Gainer

gnc vegan weight gainer Pros

  • Vegan-friendly, non-GMO and gluten-free.
  • It contains Beta power from beetroot, which supports power and is clinically proven to enhance athletic performance.
  • Includes enzymes from fruits to support digestion.

Cons

  • It could have more calories.
  • Not the cheapest.

Short review:

While the quantity of protein is impressive (50g) — the overall number of calories is somewhat lacking (570 c).

When compared to the Iron Vegan weight gainer, we have 130 calories less. It might not sound like much, but the numbers add up — especially if you take it more than once a day.

What’s interesting about this specific supplement is the addition of BCAA’s to stimulate protein synthesis and Beta power — a performance-enhancing nutrient made from beetroot.

This being said… there’s a significant price difference between the Iron Vegan weight gainer that costs less with 2.5kg, and the Earth Genius gainer that costs more with 2kg.

On the other hand, the Earth Genius gainer contains muscle growth precursors such as BCAA’s and performance-enhancing nutrients such as the Beta power… which may affect muscle growth and training intensity.

#3 – Vegan Mass Weight Gainer

veganmass premium vegan weight gainer Pros

  • 100% Vegan-friendly.
  • No Artificial Flavors, Colors or Sweeteners
  • Contains digestive enzymes.

Cons

  • Only 280 calories per serving.
  • It could be cheaper.

Short review:

From a very short list of vegan gainers available, the VEGAN MASS gainer made its way to the top 3. 

Why? Because I didn’t find many suitable options available, to be honest. 

The reason I’m saying this is because I believe weight/mass gainers serve only one purpose: to gain mass/weight.

And I don’t believe this Vegan Mass gainer contains a surplus enough of calories to support a vegan ectomorph.

If we think about what a mass gainer is meant to do, it should be somewhat obvious that 280 calories per serving are lacking… unless you take 3-4 servings per day.

I don’t really believe in “lean” mass gainers, because the concept of building lean muscle and shedding fat is simply not possible.

However, if you’re at a stage where you’ve built some size, this Vegan Mass gainer seems like a more friendly option.

Note: You can use it as a protein supplement because it contains more protein than most vegan protein supplements… while still having a low number of calories. 

The Bottom Line

Before you buy any supplement you must ensure you’ve got a proper exercise plan and diet in place. 

Supplements are not meant to act as substitutes for food.

There are no magic pills or shortcuts when it comes to achieving your health goals, building an impressive physique, or getting stronger.

You first have to ensure your diet is bulletproof by:

  • Consistently eating nutrient-dense whole-foods.
  • Hitting your calories and macros every day.
  • Feeding your body the micronutrients and essential amino acids to help you avoid deficiencies of any type.

And of course, you want to be laser-focused and follow a workout program that will help you reach your aesthetic and health goals in the future.

Hopefully, you now have a better grasp of what vegan supplements are available in the market (we’re getting there), and how they work.


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About the Author: Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than three years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!