Vegan Supplement Recommendations

Vegan Health SupplementsHere I have gathered all the information about vegan supplements into one easy to navigate page.

Because you could be searching for any kind of vegan supplement, I have organized them into various sections.

Each section will provide additional information and product recommendations.

But first let's start with general supplement recommendations for all vegans.

Theses recommendations are based on the advice from my mentor, Dr. Greger. You can learn more from his book How Not to Die.

The Supplements Every Vegan Should Consider

As you probably already know, getting your nutrients from a plant based diet is the best way to minimize harmful food components, and maximize all the important nutrients.

A plant based diet is the healthiest option for you, but there are a few things we need to consider in regards to supplementation.

Vitamin B12 is not made by plants, and in our sanitized world we don’t get much in our water either.

Therefore, supplementing with vitamin B12 is highly recommended.

As humans, we have evolved to get our vitamin D from the sun. Unfortunately many of us are indoors for most of the day.

Depending on where you live, your sunlight exposure may be very limited, and your vitamin D levels could be low.

For these reasons, it’s recommended to supplement both vitamin B12 and vitamin D.

I also recommend an omega 3 supplement, and depending on what you eat, you might want to use an iodine supplement as well.

1. Vitamin B12


b12 vitamin supplementHere is a recommended dose for vitamin B12: 2500 mcg (microgram) at least once per week.

Although your deficiency in vitamin B12 might not show up for many years, a deficiency can be very bad.

It’s highly recommended to supplement this vitamin. The best part is, it’s very easy to do, and it’s very affordable.

Simply take 2500 mcg (micrograms) once per week. Or take 250 mcg daily.

If you are over 65 years of age, take 1000 mcg daily.

Don’t worry about taking too much.

These recommendations are for cyanocobalamin B12 supplements.

This is highly recommended. If you’re a vegan (follow a plant based diet), you should definitely be taking a vitamin B12 supplement.

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2. Vitamin D


vitamin d3 supplementHere is a recommended dose for vitamin D: 2000 IU vitamin D3 supplement daily.

It’s best to take this with your largest meal of the day.

Vitamin D supplements are highly recommended for people located at higher latitude areas. During the winter vitamin D production is limited from lack of exposure to the sun.

If you don’t get a lot of midday sun, and you live north of New York city, you should probably be taking a vitamin D supplement.

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3. Omega 3 - Yeast or Algae Derived


omega 3 supplementIt’s still not clear whether your body can take omega 3s from flaxseeds (chia or walnuts) and produce enough long chain omega 3s (EPA and DHA) for optimal health.

Therefore it’s best to supplement with 250 mg of pollutant free long chain omega 3s.

You can get the benefits of fish oil from algae instead. This is ideal for vegans and those who want to avoid any contamination found in fish oils.

Because you’re getting omega 3s from the bottom of the food chain, there’s no contamination.

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4. Iodine


iodine supplementThere are some iodine rich foods you should consider.

The first is seaweed. Stick with nori seaweed sheets as some other seaweed based products may contain other ingredients you might not want.

If you don’t like seaweed, some canned beans like Eden’s canned beans will contain iodine.

If you don’t like these foods, then you may want to supplement iodine.

You should also consider supplementing with an iodine supplement if you’re pregnant and breastfeeding. Some prenatal vitamins will contain iodine.

You should be getting 150 mcg daily.

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Your Plant Based Diet Will Supply You With Everything Else

To recap, these are the only supplements that you need as someone who’s on a plant based diet.

Every other vitamin, mineral and nutrient can be found in your diet.

I would recommend you start using these supplements.

Vegan Supplements for Athletes

Organic Protein PowderThere are various types of supplements that vegan athletes might want to take.

If you want to build muscle, then you will need to consume healthy amounts of protein. Vegan protein powder is a very convenient way to add more protein to your diet.

There are other types of vegan bodybuilding supplements such as creatine monohydrate, pre workout supplements, and other protein supplements.

For more information you can visit the vegan bodybuilding supplement page (coming soon).

You can find other supplement recommendations on the blog.

Hi there, it's Tyler here from The Vegan Life.

I personally use the supplements recommended here, as well as a vitamin C supplement.

Based on my current lifestyle, I find these supplements useful and convenient. I live in Canada so our long winters make it hard to get optimal levels of vitamin D, and I don't eat iodine rich foods so I supplement that as well.

For added protein, I add vegan protein powder to my fruit smoothies which I consume daily.