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Why take various vegan supplements to get your daily dose when you could just take one? It has never been easier to keep on top of your daily intake of essential vitamins with a vegan multivitamin.
If you find your daily vitamin routine overwhelming or forget to take your supplements, taking a multivitamin can help you cover all bases.
Following a vegan lifestyle sometimes means your body can’t get enough of certain vitamins naturally through your diet. Taking a vegan multivitamin can help maintain these vitamin levels and keep your body healthy.
You can source all your essential vitamins and minerals by eating the right foods. Make sure your diet consists of fresh veggies, fruit and whole grains, especially if you follow a vegan diet.
Multivitamins are loaded with crucial vits and minerals for you. They ensure that your body is getting the essential nutrients it needs, with the convenience of getting them all in one go.
Our collection of vegan multivitamins is designed to keep your body healthy while you are following a plant-based diet.
Whether you are looking for a vegan supplement to support your hair, skin and nails or even something specifically tailored to you, we have something for every need. You will find specific children's vitamins, vegan vitamins for men and women and many different types suitable for you.
Our Holland & Barrett Vegan Multivitamin & Mineral Tablets come in packets of 60, 120, or 240 tablets. They will provide your body with essential vitamins not widely naturally available as part of a vegan diet such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, B12 and Iron.
A delicious option for those looking to take their vitamins easily, our vegan multivitamins come in a variety of different forms. From gelatine-free gummies to effervescent tablets, these handy vitamins are ideal to be a part of daily vitamin routine.
One of the primary nutrients that vegans can miss out on is protein, which is needed to grow and repair muscles.
Protein is most often found in animal products like meat, fish, and dairy and in plant-based sources like fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts. For those following a vegan diet, you need to eat a varied diet of plant-based foods to get the required range of amino acids.
You can maintain your protein intake by consuming high-protein foods, such as tofu, tempeh, lentils, nuts, seeds, and quinoa. But, if you feel you need more protein than what you get from your diet, you may like to consider taking a vegan protein powder supplement.
In our article, you can read more about different ways to incorporate protein into a vegan diet. Check it out here: Pick of the best vegan and vegetarian protein sources.
This is especially true for anyone choosing (or needing) to follow a more limited diet.
This includes people with food allergies or intolerances, as well as people choosing to follow meat free or entirely plant based diets, such as vegans.
Eight of the key nutrients that vegans can miss out on from not eating meat or fish are:
- Vitamin B12 - essential for a normal nervous system and blood cell formation
- Protein - needed to grow and repair our muscles
- Iron – which helps our red blood cells carry oxygen
- Calcium – required for normal teeth and bones
- Vitamin D - we need this in order to absorb calcium, which helps our bodies do many things, from looking after your immune system to maintaining normal teeth
- Omega-3 fatty acids – important to support normal brain and heart function
- Zinc – required for normal vision and protein synthesis
- Selenium – contributes to normal thyroid function, male fertility, as well as contributing to normal hair and nails
If you would like to read more about this, check out article, ‘8 essential nutrients for Vegans’, on the Health Hub, as it goes into more detail about each of these key nutrients.
Unfortunately, many tablets and capsules are not 100% vegan.
This is because common ingredients used to produce the tablets themselves include animal products such as lactose, fish, gelatine, glycocholic acid, or lanolin.
Additionally, many medications are tested on non-human animals, which goes against a key tenet of veganism.
Watch out especially for multi vitamins available as gummy tablets. These often use gelatine, an animal product, to provide the chewy texture.
If in doubt, check the labels, which will indicate their suitability for vegans and vegetarians alike.
So what can you do if you are a vegan but do not like taking tablets?
This can be a real issue for younger children, who usually prefer chewable tablets or gummies.
Luckily, we have a great brand in Optima, who make Healthcare Junior Multi Plus Chewable Tablets.
Better still, they are vegan-friendly and ideal for kids aged two and over.
These Healthcare Junior Multi Plus Chewable Tablets provide children with many key vitamins, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D2, E and minerals including folic acid and zinc, among other essentials.
If you eat a plant-based diet, your doctor may have recommended you take vitamin supplements.
Perhaps they suggested a vitamin B complex or a calcium or iron tablet.
This is because many of the vitamins we need for everyday health are most abundant in animal products, with oily fish, eggs, milk and organ meats particularly rich sources of the vitamins and minerals our bodies require for everything, from immunity to healthy skin and good eyesight.
Even a balanced vegan diet, featuring plentiful vegetables, wholegrains and cereals can be a little lacking.
There are certain vitamins and minerals which simply do not crop up as often if you are only eating plant foods.
Taking vegan vitamins can be a simple and reliable way to get all the vitamins vegans need.
We all know that there are plenty of plant based vitamins out there. However, there are certain vits that occur mainly in animal products.
A vegan diet tends to be particularly lacking in vitamin B12. This vitamin is used for making red blood.
If you do not get quite enough B12, you might find you lack in energy and feel tired.
For this reason, a vegan vitamin B12 supplement is a must for non-meat eaters.
Iron and zinc
Although iron is found in plentiful amounts in dark green veggies such as spinach, this non-haem iron is much harder for the body to absorb than the haem iron found in meat.
Taking an iron supplement is highly recommended to help vegans to avoid symptoms of anaemia.
Vital for immunity, zinc can be tough to find in plant-only diets, as can calcium, important for bone health and iron absorption and mainly found in dairy produce.
Omega-3 and iodine
If you omit fish from your diet, you might not be able to get all the omega-3 and iodine you need for a heathy heart and thyroid respectively.
Not if they are vegan!
A dedicated plant based multivitamin is made to be completely compatible with a vegan diet, so there is no need to worry about any animal-based products sneaking in.
There are plenty of vegan-specific multivitamins to choose from out there, including gelatine-free, chewable vegan gummy vitamins, allowing you to enjoy a healthy dose of all the vitamins and minerals you need, without risking the diet we know you work hard to maintain.
With so many vegan vitamins on the market, it might be hard to choose the best vegan multivitamin for you.
First and foremost, be sure to choose one that contains all those vitamins and minerals vegans are most likely to lack – iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B12.
A tailored vegan multivitamin for women can be a good choice if you suffer heavy periods or are entering the menopause. And children’s multivitamins are an especially important choice for young people on a meat-free diet.