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Essential Vitamins for a Vegan Diet

The number of vegans in the UK quadrupled in the period of 2014-2019, and the rate of growth is only getting faster. This has also created increased ease of accessibility to many wonderful vegan products. Meaning there has never been a better time for you to make the switch to a vegan diet. If you’re struggling to find the right balance with your new vegan diet selecting the right vitamins can help you as you transition to veganism.

However, your approach to nutrition will be at the forefront of your thinking and any changes in your diet can mean that you may lack certain vitamins and minerals. After all, you currently get (or previously got) a lot of those items from meat and dairy.

Our Top Picks for vitamins suitable for a vegan diet

  • Vitamin B12 – while you can get low amounts from foods like mushrooms, vegans and vegetarians are far more likely to be deficient in B12. A supplement or B12 spray is advised.
  • Vitamin D – it is particularly important to get this during the winter months as you won’t get as much from direct sunlight as you would in the summer.
  • Omega 3s – found in eggs and fatty fish, they are omega-3 fatty acids that are crucial for your overall health. As a vegan, you will probably find a supplement that may be needed due to not eating those foods.
  • Iron – iron deficiency is quite a common issue, even for non-vegans. However, the likelihood can be greater when following this diet.
  • Calcium – found in dairy, vegans may struggle to get calcium. To reach the recommended 525mg of calcium per day, a supplement can be taken. Although sources of calcium can come from chickpeas and other plant foods.
  • Zinc – without the right level of zinc, you can suffer hair loss and slow wound healing. Zinc absorption rates are slow in plants, which is why supplements are advised.

While you might not be deficient in all, or any of the above, it may be that you will need supplements for at least some of them. If you feel unsure, speak to your doctor or a nutritionist about your recommended daily intake.

What are the most important vitamins for a vegan diet

You will receive many conflicting views on which vitamins you should or shouldn’t take on a vegan diet. Common sense must prevail. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or omnivore a healthy balanced diet is what’s important. There is no one size fits all when opting for vitamins to supplement your vegan diet. Make sure you actually need them first!

The health benefits of a vegan diet can be amazing if you eat the right food. If you’re a vegan that eats processed or junk food you may need additional vitamins to support your vegan diet. After all, healthy eating plays an important role in any diet, whether you are vegan or not!

Celebrate your veganism!

Whether you want to protect your health, animals, or the environment, your commitment to veganism should be celebrated. For the best results, don’t forget to extend your efforts to your home and issues like sustainable beauty routines. Remember, take each day one at a time if you make a mistake leave it behind you. You will get there, celebrate your achievements and most of all enjoy your new vegan lifestyle!

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Are you new to Snooty Catz? We are a small UK independent business that loves to live ethically for both ourselves and our pets. This is why we stock a fabulous range of natural health and wellbeing products for both people and their pets as well as ethically sourced homewares and eco-friendly gifts. We are passionate about the environment which is why all orders are posted in plastic-free packaging and we also plant a tree for all orders received. We hope you love our product range as much as we do.

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