We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again—no matter how healthy you eat, or what kind of diet you follow, you may be lacking in certain key nutrients. We probably don’t need to remind you that food gives us a lot—nutrients-wise, and (of course) deliciousness-wise. But supplementing with a quality multivitamin is still a good idea. And that’s especially true for alternative diets like veganism, where there aren’t always a lot of plant-based sources for certain nutrients our bodies need.*
The good news? You’ve come to the right place. Our founder and CEO is vegan, so finding a plant-based solution for some of these dietary gaps was always a non-negotiable. But let’s back up a little bit: What should vegans look for in a multivitamin in the first place?
What nutrients should vegans look for in a multivitamin?
Vegans can get a lot of the nutrients they need from plant-based sources, but for some key nutrients, it can be tough. Let's take a closer look at three in particular…
Vitamin B12. B12 is kind of a big deal—it helps support brain health and energy-yielding metabolism. The thing is, vitamin B12 is naturally found in meat, fish, eggs and milk—obviously all no-no’s for vegans. There aren’t many 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 a good idea.*
In cases like B12, a high-quality vegan multivitamin can give you a bioidentical version of the nutrient. “Bioidentical” means that a version made in a lab is molecularly similar to the form found in nature. So, with something like vitamin B12, the bioidentical version used in a vegan multivitamin can help support nutrient needs—minus the animal source. That's what we use in Essential for Women, Essential for Men, Essential Prenatal, and the rest of our multivitamin lineup. Good news, right?*