A vegan diet is often derived by the ethical, sustainable and cruelty-free views of a mindful person that treasures the planet and its species.
Contrary to what is speculated by meat lovers, a vegan diet is highly, highly nutritious.
It is a balanced diet that reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, promotes weight loss and keeps your energy levels regulated from the diverse nutrients and ingredients we deviate to when making the transition to this diet.
Alas, a vegan diet lacks what other diets are fortified with and for that reason, we must search for a solution outside our diet.
So… What are the best vegan supplements to ensure you’re getting the right amount of nutrients to keep your health at an optimal level? Let’s find out!
Vitamin B12: The Crucial Element.
Vegans are criticized for lacking one specific micronutrient: Vitamin B12.
Simply put — Vitamin B12 can be found on the soil in the form of bacteria.
Upon eating the grass, the livestock (which later turns into beef) also ingest the dirt containing these bacteria which form Vitamin B12.
For that reason, meat-eaters have access to it.
However, the supply of Vitamin B12 in the soil is scarce, so an injection of it is given to cows, pigs, and chickens to ensure Vitamin B12 is present in everyday diet.
Vitamin B12 Is Not Produced By Plants Or Animals
For Vitamin B12 to be produced, the soil requires the mineral cobalt.
In caveman terms, cobalt is a core element of Vitamin B12, which is essential to the prevention of conditions like anemia, for instance.
Due to intensive agricultural practices, the soil has become deficient in cobalt. And because our plant-based ingredients are washed, vegans don’t get enough B12 without supplementation and fortification. Unlike gorillas (our relatives) we don’t eat dirt out of the soil (to feast on greens) or eat our feces to have Vitamin B12 in our diet.
Early humans lived in an age where the soil was rich in cobalt. Each time humans headed to the river bank and drank the all-natural (and “earth-filled”) water — it was packed with B12. It’s also worth mentioning that humans in the past didn’t drop into the habit of washing their ingredients… thus accidentally consuming the B12 producing bacteria.
As you can imagine, today, habits have changed and our access to Vitamin B12 is limited.
Is Vitamin B12 From Meat “Natural”?
The declining of cobalt isn’t just a problem for us vegans.
Farmed animals acquire Vitamin B12 by consuming clumps of dirt surrounding the grassroots they feed themselves with, which is gradually getting scarce if we consider the decline in cobalt.
Ironically enough, however — most farmed animals are kept indoors and are never fed a natural, grass-based diet. Instead, they need to be injected with Vitamin B12 to guarantee that whoever is eating them is acquiring B12. Yes, vegans get Vitamin B12 from a supplement, too, but we’re are not sacrificing an animal in the process.
The Intrinsic Factor
B12 deficiency isn’t merely a problem for vegans.
A Framingham Offspring study found that 39% of the general population may be in the low normal and deficient B12 blood level range.
There was no disparity in sugar levels between young and older people. And there was no distinction between meat-eaters, vegans or vegetarians. The people with the highest level of Vitamin B12 were those who consumed B12 supplements and cereals fortified with B12.
Not only do you need a healthy stomach, pancreas and the appropriate small bowel function… but you also need a sufficient amount of intrinsic factor.
The Intrinsic factor is the carrier that allows Vitamin B12 to reach the bloodstream.
This unique factor is created by the parietal cells in the stomach. And if you lack intrinsic factor, you’re at risk of being surprised with anemia from the lack of Vitamin B12.
The Need For B12 At An Older Age
New research suggests that the acid sugar molecule common in red meat (Neu5Gc) is highly negative to the body because it blends with human cells, and forces the organism to trigger antibodies to counter it.
The consumption of this particular acid sugar leads to chronic inflammation, which leads to the formation of tumors in our body, which might explain the atrophic gastritis condition that gradually destroys acid and IF-producing cells in older people who eat meat.
In other words, this may also be connected to the reason why people develop a Vitamin B12 deficiency when they get older. Because if we look closely at the Vitamin B12 in supplement form— it often contains 10,000% or even 100,000% more the amount you are recommended daily. This is connected to the fact our body is inefficient at absorbing this water-soluble that is Vitamin B12, and needs a higher dosage.
If we take into account this precious information, then it is counter-intuitive to damage the carrier that allows Vitamin B12 to be transferred into our bloodstream by consuming food that negatively affects that function in our body.
And this inevitably cements Vitamin B12 as the best vegan supplement you could be taking because it’s pretty much a necessity — not only counting vegans.
Can’t I Just Get B12 From A Multivitamin Supplement?
I also thought of getting the “whole package” instead of limiting my vitamins to single supplements. Why? Because that would be a cheaper option, I guess.
But there was an error in my calculations. And I did get centrum for a while until I realized that mathematically it wouldn’t serve me well.
Have a look at these two images:
If you look at the amount per serving for Vitamin B12, you’re receiving 2.5µg which is 0.1 higher than what is considered to be the “mainstream” daily recommended amount.
Take a look at the “supplement facts image” I shared earlier, and you can see that isolated B12 supplements have 10,000% and sometimes 100,000% more vitamin B12 than the supposed daily recommended amount.
I’ve mentioned this before, but our body has a really hard time absorbing water-soluble like Vitamin B12, and it just gets harder with age.
A new study suggests that in 500µg, our body is estimated to absorb 1.5mcg via our vitamin b12 receptors and 1% of the remaining micrograms directly through our gut, and into our bloodstream.
Because our vitamin b12 receptors become filled… it takes between 4-6 hours to process b12 before its apt to undergo the same process.
This information is based on a new study, which you can have access to below.
New Vitamin B12 Requirements
This might come to you as a shocker, but according to a new study, the recommended daily amount of vitamin b12 has changed.
The 2.4 mcg amount we use as a measure today, came from a study more than 50 years ago with only 7 people. In fact, the study was conducted in 1958.
A new study, however, shows us that the numbers are higher.
Here is a short 1-2 minute video that explains to you the exact details of why that is so.
The Different Types Of Vitamin B12
You have probably heard about the different types of Vitamin B12— cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin, and hydroxocobalamin.
Excluding the first two, the later is merely a reason to sell B12 at a higher price.
B12 is so cheap to produce that supplement companies try to come with tactics (and secret ingredients) to alter your perception of the value the product really represents.
It’s wildly similar to how calcium is promoted. Calcium is very cheap to produce, but a new special type of calcium is launched to prey upon consumer’s wallets… and this is especially true for older people.
Unless you’re a smoker, have kidney failure, or base your diet around cassava root, cyanocobalamin should be fine.
The Best Vitamin B12 Supplement For Vegans: What You Should Be Looking For.
Vitamin B12 is the only nutrient essential to human health that cannot be obtained from plants or sunlight (like Vitamin D).
That’s why we need to ensure we include it in our diet via fortified foods and through a proper supplement with the right amount of B12… so that we can successfully avoid anemia, depression, brain dysfunction and so much more.
However, there are many Vitamin B12 supplements out there. And not every single one of them comes with a vegan seal.
No Gelatine, Please.
If you’re not aware, most vitamins use gelatin to coat and form their capsules. If you don’t know how gelatine is created, let me explain.
Gelatine is created by boiling the bones, ligaments, and tendons of animals, such as pigs, cows and so on.
That results in a minuscule, lightly colored property that acts as a stiffening agent to give shape to certain foods and things like capsules in vitamins.
A vegan supplement doesn’t have gelatin in its components.
Instead what you’ll find as the “coating” is a substance called cellulose, which is what plants have intrinsically to keep them stiff and strong.
Is There A Perfect Dosage For Vitamin B12?
There are about 3 recommended ways to obtain your dose of Vitamin B12.
- By eating fortified foods 3 times a day to guarantee a recommended dose of 4 mg. This is under the basis that our body only assimilates 1.5 mg each time when ingesting food through our b12 receptor system.
- By taking a daily Vitamin B12 supplement that provides you with at least 250 mg.
- By taking a weekly Vitamin B12 supplement that provides you with at least 2500 mg.
Where did these numbers come from?
Well… if you watched the video above, it is estimated that our body can process 1.5 mg of vitamin b12 through the B12 receptor system and an added 1% through our gut, which gets clear passage into our bloodstream.
This means that if you consume a 2500 mcg B12 supplement every week, you’re getting 26.5 mg per week, which results in 4 mg per day.
An existing study, however, points to how our body is capable of absorbing B12 way better in small amounts. So there’s a pretty high chance that smaller amounts of B12 are absorbed way better in comparison to a higher, weekly dose.
Again, there is no harm in consuming a higher dose, as the only difference lies in the money spent — which isn’t that mindblowing.
The Best Vitamin B12 Supplement
We know that for a supplement to be vegan, it cannot contain gelatine. And now we also know there are two ways we can make vegan supplements. Daily or Weekly.
Here is what I consider to be the best vegan Vitamin B12 supplements in the market:
Natures Bounty Vitamin B12
- The number of tablets available can last you one year or more.
- Tested in a microbiological laboratory to ensure purity.
- Ingredients follow GMP quality standards
- Very affordable for the quality it has.
- Not quick to dissolve.
For nearly 50 years, Nature’s Bounty has been producing supplements with the purest of ingredients.
Their team of scientists, manufacturing specialists and quality experts are dedicated to maintaining the highest quality standards.
In fact, Nature’s Bounty only uses ingredients from suppliers that meet GMP supplement quality standards.
What’s very appealing about this particular B12 supplement is the number of tablets you are getting for the price you pay.
You get 200 tablets of 1000 mcg. Assuming you consume one tablet every 3-4 days, you can have a very affordable supplement that lasts you 1-1.5 years.
They have been subjected to numerous quality tests throughout the manufacturing process to verify purity and potency. The ingredients & final product are tested in a microbiological laboratory to ensure the final product is actually pure.
As a vegan, it is something that makes me smile because it doesn’t contain ol’ needless gelatine.
Additionally, and this is just a bonus… they’re small and leave you with a sweet aftertaste. This is especially helpful for people with a hard time swallowing tablets.
Natrol Vitamin B12
- A high-dose supplement can last you 1-2 years if you ingest it once a week.
- It’s quicker to dissolve in comparison to other b12 supplements.
- It doesn’t require water to swallow.
- One thousand reviews. Mostly positive.
- I don’t like the fact it’s promoted as an energy booster.
Let me be clear here. Contrary to what you will find on the internet — Vitamin B12 supplements don’t fill you up with energy. And just because you have an enormous quantity of it in a single tablet, that doesn’t mean the effects double or triple.
That is simply a marketing tactic to make you believe the product you’re consuming is something more than what it actually is. Vitamin B12 is not meant to act as an energy booster. It’s a supplement used to replenish your Vitamin B12 tank because you can’t live life without such precious elements in your body.
The reason I’m saying this is because Natrol inflates the benefits of the supplement by tagging them along together with the role Vitamin B12 plays in the body.
Again, a supplement is not a miracle solution… but this specific one plays a huge role because it prevents the deficiency of Vitamin B12 in Vegans. This is important for us vegans because our food is not massively injected with Vitamin B12.
Furthermore, this supplement has a high-dose of Vitamin B12 per capsule, which means you can slack off a bit and start consuming your tablets on a weekly basis instead of daily.
Just like the other supplement, I shared above, this one is also very affordable. It dissolves 30x faster than a regular tablet and its light strawberry taste makes it easy to swallow even without water.
Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin
Do you need a vitamin D supplement to survive? Or can you rely purely on sunlight to ensure vitamin D flows through your body?
The importance of vitamin D is paramount. It helps with calcium absorption in our body, to ensure our bones are strong and healthy. But there is more to vitamin D than just bones.
According to 56 randomized clinical trials involving nearly 100,000 people between the ages of 18 and 107, it was demonstrated that groups given vitamin D supplements lived longer, and also had lower risks of cancer. (1) It’s worth noting vitamin D3 was the one used in the studies and not vitamin D2.
There doesn’t seem to exist a consensus among experts on what is precise information, and what is a half-baked hypothesis.
One such case relates to vitamin D dosage, for example.
Regardless — the main point is you should get your dose of vitamin D. Unlike our African ancestors (i.e), the majority of carrying out sedentary activities. In fact, nearly 42% of people in the US have vitamin D deficiency.
This factor can, of course, vary based on location, age, activity — or whether a person does exercise outside or not.
What Vitamin D Dosage Is The Best?
In the US, it is suggested that consuming 400-800 international units (IU) of vitamin D should meet the needs of 97-98% of all healthy people.
We may actually be required to take between 1000 and 4000 IU of vitamin D per day, as data suggests higher vitamin D levels (75+ range) may actually be positive for the human body because it increases our lifespan and decreases the risk of cancer.
Note that this is a number 9 in 10 people fail to reach.
Dr. Gregor, physician and New York Times bestselling author, refers that the low numbers specified by the Institute of Medicine came about because they ONLY considered bone health as the primary factor.
Research also reveals that consuming 1,000 IU daily would ensure that at least 50% of people would reach the 75 + range, and if everyone consumed 2,000 IU, then that percentage would grow to 90%. (5, 6, 7)
As you can see, based on the most recent research, it appears that consuming 1,000-4,000 IU of vitamin D is what it takes to reach healthy vitamin D levels.
On a small side-note: my girlfriend, a vegan, had low levels of vitamin D despite already taking a vitamin D supplement with 800 IU. It improved when she changed to 2000 IU.
How Do I Know If I’m Vitamin D Deficient?
If you want to know whether or not you’re vitamin D deficient, there’s really just one way of knowing… You have to do a blood test.
The following values were fixed by the Institute of Medicine (OEM) and they are vitamin D guidelines you can refer back to once you have your exam in hand.
- Deficient: Levels less than 12 ng/ml (30 nmol/l).
- Insufficient: Levels between 12–20 ng/ml (30–50 nmol/l).
- Sufficient: Levels between 20–50 ng/ml (50–125 nmol/l).
- High: Levels greater than 50 ng/ml (125 nmol/l).
I really recommend you to do blood tests regularly to ensure all your levels are in check, and not just your vitamin D. And when I say regularly, it’s just 2-3 times every year.
9 Factors That Might Undermine Vitamin D Absorption
Despite this being an article that addresses supplements, it is still important that you make time to have your body create vitamin D based on a natural source: the sun.
If you’re wondering how our body “creates” vitamin D, that is because vitamin D is, in fact, a hormone our body creates when rays in the invisible ultraviolet B (UVB) part of the light spectrum are absorbed by the skin.
The body is just this marvelous box of secrets that couldn’t have been devised better.
You can get vitamin D from food, but that’s less natural than one might think because it is generally added via supplements. Very few foods have Vitamin D.
Mushrooms are a source of vitamin D2, but that’s only true if they grow organically.
Why is it important to obtain vitamin D naturally?
Sunlight has benefits that go beyond vitamin D. Such as how our body uses the sun’s infrared rays to stimulate the production of Co-Q10. OR how our body appears to maximize the effects of a plant-based diet through the significant drop in blood pressure and improvement in artery function, due to nitric oxide-releasing compounds introduced into our bloodstream.
There’s really nothing ridiculous about religions and tribes praying to the sun… the sun is that fundamental to our lives.
Here are a few issues that can affect your vitamin D intake:
1 – Air pollution
Carbon particles released in the air from the burning of fossil fuels, wood, coal and so on tend to spread through the atmosphere and absorb UVB rays. Chinese cities where the levels of air pollution are high are a factor in vitamin D deficiency. (8)
2 – High Latitude
What the above study shows as well, is how in high-altitude locations there is little to no sun in winter — making it extremely difficult for people to produce vitamin D. This is true for residents of Taiyuan in China, for example.
3 – Skin Color Acts As A Barrier To UVR?
Dark-skinned people require a higher amount of exposure to the sun because of the high amount of melanin in their skin interferes with the substance in the skin that starts vitamin D production.
4 – Age May & Vitamin D Production
Compared with younger people, older folk have a harder time producing vitamin D. This is because the substance that converts UVB rays into vitamin D is diminished and therefore their levels of vitamin D are naturally lower. For that reason, it is recommended that older people take vitamin D supplements to make up for that lack of substance.
5 – Are You Overweight?
According to a few studies, there might be a correlation between lower vitamin D levels and obesity. Being overweight may affect the bioavailability of vitamin D. In fact, if you are overweight, you may have to take a higher dosage of vitamin D.
6 – Gut Health May Affect Vitamin D Absorption
Everything we ingest from food to supplements follows a natural path to our intestines.
But before it finally makes its way to the intestines and gets sorted into our bloodstream… food gets its way into our stomach to be dissolved by our stomach juices.
This whole mechanism of functions which includes our stomach juices, pancreatic secretions, bile from the liver and the walls of our intestines… they all contribute to how much vitamin is absorbed.
This is why limiting gut conditions may affect the nutrition you absorb and affect your health in the long-term.
7 – A Bad Liver Can Reduce Vitamin D Absorption
It’s impressive how everything is intertwined… all with one purpose: To help our body function. Without a healthy liver, you cannot produce sufficient amounts of vitamin D because your liver stops producing normal amounts of bile. That’s because bile acids are required for proper absorption of dietary lipids, including fat-soluble vitamins.
The Best Vitamin D Supplement
A Vitamin D supplement for a vegan, such as you, should mustn’t have gelatin. As long as that remains true, then it is just a matter of choosing an accessible vitamin D supplement within the 1000 and 4000 IU range. Preferably 2000 IU.
However, that is easier said than done. It’s hard to come around a good vitamin D supplement because most of them contain an ingredient we cannot consume: gelatin.
Here are my recommended choices for a vitamin D supplement:
ORGANIC VITAMIN D3
- Gelatin free.
- Best bang for your buck with 360 capsules.
- Certified by USDA.
- It helps with calcium absorption due to vitamin D3 production.
- 365-day money-back guarantee
- Free from all major allergens.
- It contains corn syrup.
As the name suggests, this vitamin d3 was created using 100% organic ingredients. No gelatin & funky chemicals to mess around with your system.
The best aspect of this specific vitamin d3 is its price when compared to other vegan vitamins. Believe it or not, it’s extremely difficult to find VEGAN vitamins with 360 capsules. This is surely the best bang for your buck.
This one can last you a full year and you only have to invest a couple of bucks in return. This is definitely the ONE I suggest above anything else if you want to guarantee a year-long vitamin.
VEGAN VITAMIN D3
- Gelatin and carrageenan free.
- Made with coconut oil to increase vitamin D absorption.
- Non-GMO verified.
- 90-day money-back guarantee
- Only 60 capsules.
- Slightly more expensive for what it contains.
- A bad choice if you’re allergic to nuts.
This vitamin D3 is slightly more expensive than the rest, and is probably not the best bang for your buck, even with the high-dosage
Now I’m not doubting the quality of this supplement at all — it’s actually the opposite. Let’s start with the ingredients.
As you can see, the ingredients are non-GMO. Therefore the pricing starts to make sense, because if you’re one to avoid any hard chemicals from entering your body, then this is a pretty good choice.
If we look at the previous supplement, even though it claims to be organically certified, you can still spot corn syrup. Corn syrup had a bad reputation because of the negative health consequences associated with the highly-processed HFCS.
Although I see this supplement with really good eyes, it’s not my optimal choice if we’re looking at it from a financial perspective.
Estimated duration: 4 months.
Iron: Why Dieting Is Hard.
A plant-based diet can be the best life-changing decision in your life…
… There’s a but, though.
You can’t just eat toasts and avocados and expect a healthy dose of iron running through your veins at the same time.
Iron deficiency leads to fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath and a list of other health conditions. Symptoms you can find in a general, omnivore population.
And it’s somewhat strange, considering how iron is even harder to get for vegans because plant iron comes in the less absorbable non-heme form. (Note that heme iron (present in meat) is associated with cancer)
But even though vegans are at a higher risk of being iron deficient, most are very health conscious. Most invest time in getting enough iron from vegan food sources.
I, for instance, take care of my meals and ensure there’s always a balance in nutrients.
But not everyone has that luxury… not everyone has the time. And the solution for that is an iron supplement. Just for reference, almost 20% of Americans take iron as a supplement.
Still, before hopping on iron supplements, I would suggest talking to your physician about first trying to treat it through diet alone. You can eat iron-rich foods, like chickpeas and pumpkin seeds, while consuming vitamin C-rich foods at the same time to boost iron absorption. (Note: Avoid green tea and coffee because it prevents iron absorption)
Anyway, choosing the right iron supplement can be confusing. Mainly because many supplement companies falsely advertise their supplements, making it seem more than what they are.
That’s why I wrote this blog in the first place. All to help you understand what is important about supplements… and what you should actually be looking for.
They are needed if you can’t hit your recommended daily dose of iron.
What To Look For In A Vegan Iron Supplement?
Before we move on, let me remind you that you should always check a doctor before taking iron supplements. Side effects such as iron poisoning, antibiotic interaction, stomach issues, heart disease… even colorectal cancer become a possibility.
There are essentially 3 things you want to check before buying an iron supplement:
- The amount of iron per capsule
- The form of the iron
- Vitamin C
Let me quickly tell you why these are important.
How Much Iron Do You Need?
According to data on the National Institute of Health — the recommended daily intake for Iron is the following:
Men require a daily dose of 8 mg, while women require a dose of 18 mg. But you need to remember that you’re also getting iron from food.
It’s important to get just the right amount and not get overdosed on Iron, because iron poisoning can be problematic. Iron is like a double-edged sword, whereas with too little you become anemic, but too much and you might overdose.
And that is because the body doesn’t have a mechanism to rid itself of excess iron.
When choosing an iron supplement, you want to pick the one that gives you just the right amount to prevent iron deficiency. You’re going to find that iron supplements vary from18 to 40 mg of iron per capsule.
If you’re a man, pick the one with the lowest quantity. If you’re a woman, the lowest quantity will be fine, as well.
I’m giving you this suggestion assuming you don’t suffer from any unusual conditions. If you have a history of anemia or menstruate heavily, please visit the doctor first.
What’s The Best Type Of Iron Supplement
There are three types of iron supplements.
- Ferric iron
- Ferrous iron
- Carbonyl iron
Ferric iron is the least absorbable type. Ferrous iron is the second most absorbable and Carbonyl iron is the most absorbable type. The latter is the optimal choice if you have an iron deficiency or have trouble absorbing iron.
This being said, you should take your Iron with Vitamin C.
Vitamin C Helps With Iron Absorption?
Most Iron supplements include Vitamin C… and if they don’t, they should.
That’s because Vitamin C helps with iron absorption. I don’t always do it, but I like to include oranges in my diet to better absorb iron from the iron-rich foods I eat.
You can always morph oranges or lemon into a natural juice — but ensure it’s actually natural and filled with processed sugars. What I do is I add a few drops of lemon to water… it’s effortless and the benefits are real.
Do You Really Need Iron? (Or is it bad for you?)
For most people, taking extra iron is a bad idea. Including vegans. There are only two situations in which you might need iron in supplement form: If you are pregnant, or if you have an iron deficiency.
An editorial in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute put up a big question mark. Is cancer a ferrotoxic disease? A study showed that donating blood to rid oneself of iron excess cut cancer death rates in half. Additionally, iron excess has also been linked to neurological problems, like Alzheimer’s. (8)
- Men need 8 mg of iron per day and women need 18 mg.
- Iron types don’t matter in most cases, but you should visit a doctor if you have a deficiency.
- Look for a supplement with Vitamin C to improve iron absorption. You can also drink water with drops of lemon to include some vitamin C in your meals… or just eat some oranges after your meal.
- Iron excess has been linked to cancer and neurological diseases. Because of that, it is only recommended you consume iron if you’re pregnant or have an iron deficiency.
The Best Vegan Iron Supplement
There aren’t many great vegan options out there. But the same goes for any other supplement. What I found is that changing gelatine for a vegan stiffening agent shoots up the price of vegan supplements.
I also believe this affects the number of capsules inside each supplement. It’s pretty easy to find non-vegan supplements with more than 300 capsules… but vegan supplements are a different case.
To help you out, I narrowed down the iron supplements available to make your life easier.
EZ MELTS VEGAN IRON SUPPLEMENT
- Fast dissolving tablets with a sweet taste.
- Easy tablets that are easily digestible.
- Made in the US.
- Best iron to vitamin C ratio.
- 100% Vegan
- A bit pricey.
This supplement contains the most absorbable type of iron: carbonyl iron. This also happens to be the easiest on your stomach.
What jumped out to me the most was the iron to vitamin C ratio. It contains 18 mg of iron per serving and 30 mg of vitamin C.
This, to me, is an optimal choice to avoid getting excess iron… especially if you’re someone without any unusual needs.
Regardless, be sure to visit a doctor before taking any iron supplement.
EZ MELTS VEGAN IRON SUPPLEMENT
- A good reputation as a “vegan” supplement.
- Includes other types of vitamins to improve iron absorption.
- Ingredients are traceable. You know where they originate from.
- It is made from organic foods with no chemical-based binders or fillers.
- 100% Vegan. Ingredients are pretty clean.
- It only contains 60 capsules.
- 28 mg might be a bit too much. (It might work well if you have a deficiency)
This has “vegan” written all over it. It is created from food, and the ingredients are so in tune with a vegan ideology.
What sets me back is the quantity of iron within it.
It has 28 mg, which is considerable if you’re a healthy person. This might be a more sound choice if you are iron deficient or if you’re pregnant.
I believe that for men it might be a little too much… since it’s way off the 8 mg recommended by the National Health Institute.
Here are the supplement facts:
It has a great amount of Vitamin C, which really helps with iron absorption.
It also has a moderate amount of B12, but it isn’t optimal for B12 needs. You should get your vitamin B12 from an isolated B12 supplement.
As a vegan, it is interesting, because you can find a lot of RAW & ORGANIC ingredients.
Still, give your doctor a visit before buying an iron supplement.
The reason I’ve only included 2 supplements for each section is that there aren’t really that many choices for vegans. And the ones that exist tend to be super expensive, and besides that — the difference between each isn’t abysmal.
That’s why I decided to compile this short and informative list with what I consider to be the best vegan supplements out there, and why that is so.
Remember, however, that for iron, you’re better off acquiring it via a vegan diet, by including iron-rich ingredients in your everyday meals. The other two you definitely want to acquire isolated versions… because you need higher doses of each. You’ll never find higher doses in a multivitamin supplement, for instance.
Please let me know if you have any questions, considering that I’ve had to delve deep into research to really understand this topic and write it out in a simplified fashion.