- Vegans can get a lot of the nutrients they need from plant-based sources, but for some essentials, like Omega-3 & vitamin B12, it can be tough.
- Some traditional multivitamins often use a lot of ingredients that aren’t vegan—and they aren’t always up front about it.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again—no matter how healthy you eat, or what kind of diet you follow, all of us are lacking in certain essential nutrients. Food gives you a lot—both nutrients-wise, and deliciousness-wise. But supplementing with a good vitamin is still a must-do—especially for alternative diets like veganism, where there aren’t a lot of plant-based sources for certain nutrients our bodies need.
But what kinds of vitamins do vegans need? And is there a multivitamin made for vegans? We’ll answer the first question in the next paragraph, and, spoiler alert: the answer to the second question is a big ol’ yes.
What kinds of vitamins do vegans need?
Vegans can get a lot of the nutrients they need from plant-based sources, but for some essentials, it can be tough. One example is vitamin B12, which supports brain function, nerve function, and energy. Thing is, vitamin B12 is naturally found in meat, fish, eggs and milk—obviously all no-no’s for vegans. There aren’t any known plant-based sources rich in vitamin B12, but vegans can get some of what they need through fortified foods like nutritional yeast. That being said—you’re probably not going to pile on the nutritional yeast all day, every day, so supplementing with a vegan multivitamin is ideal.
In cases like B12, a vegan multivitamin can give you a bioidentical version of the nutrient. “Bioidentical” means that a version made in a lab is molecularly identical to the same nutrient found in nature. So, with something like vitamin B12, the bioidentical version used in a vegan vitamin can deliver exactly what you need—minus the animal source. Good news, right?