Vitamins for the Gluten Free Vegan

Vegetables are probably one of the most nutritionally rich foods on the planet.  So then, why would vegans need vitamins?

Due to poor soil and environment issues, plants have only about 50% of the nutrients they had 50 or so years ago:

Nutritional Value of Food at Risk: Fruits and Vegetables Now Less Nutritious

The nutritional value of foods is at risk, with the amount of nutrients found in fruits and vegetables having diminished greatly over the years. One apple today may carry half the amount of nutrients as an apple produced 50 years ago. Although it is still very true that everybody should be consuming many fruits and vegetables on a daily basis (preferably organic), the sad truth is that we would need to consume many times more of them in order to get the nutrients we need.

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Vitamins 1I, personally, have taken vitamins nearly all my adult life.  I find I have more energy, sleep better, and just feel better when supplementing my diet with vitamins.

If you do not take vitamins, may I suggest you add at least the following:

  • Good multivitamin.  Many are available on the market.  I especially like the liquid form as it moves into the blood stream faster than pills.
  • Sub-lingual B and/or B12.  Most experts agree that vegans can be low in this vitamin, but other sources say everyone needs extra B12.
  • Vitamin D3.  D3 is especially important for those us living in the upper half of the northern hemisphere where we do not get enough sunlight.

Along with the vitamins listed above, I personally, take the following addition supplements:

  • Omega 3 Fish Oil.  I know this is a controversial vitamin for a vegan to be taking, but I feel it is he best option for me.
  • Super B-Complex.  Helps me maintain an even temperament and good energy.
  • Neur02 (K-45).  Since I suffer from mild neurological damage to my brain from eating gluten so long, I take this to help with my memory and cognitive issues.

At night, I take the following which help me sleep better:

  • Magnesium
  • DHEA
  • Calcium Magnesium Zinc compound to help with restless legs and cramping.

This is my PERSONAL regime — mostly of which were prescribed/suggested by my vegan naturopathic  doctor.  I continue to take them because I know they help.

What supplements do you take daily?

 

 

 

 

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