Vegan Vitamins & Supplements
Veganism has grown in popularity, and with the demand, there’s now a huge range of choices for people who follow a plant-based lifestyle.
Whether it’s the food you eat, the clothes you wear, or the products you use, vegans are experiencing much more freedom and choice. Vitamins and supplements should be no exception - here you’ll find a range of vegan vitamin supplements to help your body get all of the nutrients it needs to function as it should, as ethically as possible.
Which vitamins do vegetarians and vegans need?
With good meal preparation and understanding what makes a vegetarian or vegan diet healthy and balanced, you can get all of the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.
If you follow a vegetarian diet, it’s important that you’re getting enough iron and vitamin B-12 which are usually found in meat products.
If you’re vegan, you could be missing out on calcium, iron, and vitamin B12.
Women are more likely to be affected with an iron deficiency, so if you’re following either of these diets, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of the necessary nutrients to stay healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What vitamin supplements should I take?
The vitamin supplements that you will need to take will depend on your circumstances.
Although supplements should never be used in place of a healthy, balanced diet, they can support you if you’ve realised you’re lacking in certain nutrients and you’re working on making positive changes to your diet.
There are also some vitamins that the NHS recommend for certain people — for example, the NHS recommends that you take a vitamin D supplement during the winter months when the weather is less sunny.
Another recommendation is folic acid for women who are trying to get pregnant or are in the first months of pregnancy.
How much vitamin D should I take?
The NHS recommends that everyone over the age of 4 should take 10 microgram vitamin D supplements during autumn and winter.
This is because we usually get vitamin D from sunlight hitting our skin and when the lovely British weather kicks in in the colder months it can be harder for us to catch those rays.
Although you can get vitamin D from your diet, it’s not the easiest vitamin to get enough of, which is why daily supplements step in to help.
If you’re someone who isn’t exposed to a lot of sunlight in general, you can take a vitamin D supplement all year round to help keep your levels up.
Can vitamin supplements cause stomach pain or diarrhoea?
Vitamin supplements usually won’t cause stomach problems like pain, nausea, or diarrhoea.
However, it’s important to note that supplements can have side effects sometimes, and stomach issues can be some of these.
This can happen if you’re sensitive or allergic to any of the ingredients in your supplement or simply because the supplement isn't right for you.
If you experience any side effects after taking a vitamin or supplement, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away and ask for their advice.
How do I know which vitamins are vegan?
Look at the label first - you want to get a product that is 100% free from any animal product or animal-derived ingredients.
Most vitamins will boldly state whether they’re suitable for vegetarians or vegans, or have the official green logo on the container to provide clarity to shoppers.
Certain supplements, like omega 3, are harder to find in a vegan alternative.
What does it mean for a vitamin supplement to be halal?
Halal is the Arabic word for ‘permissible’, and food that adheres to Islamic law is known as halal food.
In Islam, animals must be slaughtered by a cut to the jugular vein, carotid artery, and windpipe, so all the blood is drained from the carcass.
Many vitamins are encased in a soft gel capsule that is made from gelatine, an animal-based product.
For a vitamin or supplement to be considered halal, it must be made from an animal product that has been slaughtered following the practice of Islam.