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The Best Vegan Vitamin B12 Supplements 2020 [Updated]

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“You’re going to die! You can’t get vitamin B12 as a vegan!” True, vitamin B12 is important. It’s needed to make red blood cells, and supports your brain and nerve function (among other roles). And it’s true that on typical western vegan diets, you won’t get much (if any) vitamin B12 (although some foods are fortified with B12). The issue is blown way out of proportion. Your body’s vitamin B...

The 4 Best Vegan Calcium Supplements of 2020

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Calcium deficiency is fairly common in the general population. But vegans can be at an even higher risk of it. Most studies have come to the same conclusion – most vegans don’t get enough calcium. One study found that vegans getting less than 525 mg of calcium per day increased to a higher risk of bone fractures. (Interesting side note: the vegans with more than 525 mg...

What’s the Best Vitamin D Supplement for Vegans in 2020?

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Vitamin D deficiency is a problem for  both vegans and omnivores alike. Recent research shows that around 77% of Americans are vitamin D deficient, particularly in the winter. If you’re in Canada like I am, or even more north, your risk is likely even higher. Vegans face an even greater challenge because the only good food sources of vitamin D are animal products. Technically some...

The 4 Best Vegan Iron Supplements in 2020

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Iron deficiency leads to fatigue, chest pain, and shortness of breath, among several other symptoms. It’s common in the general omnivore population. Considering that iron is even harder to get for vegans because plant iron comes in the less absorbable non-heme form, it’s no wonder that vegans are at a higher risk of being deficient. Women who are menstruating regularly need even more...

The 5 Best Vegan Vitamin Brands in 2020

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I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s weird that many vitamin B12 supplements aren’t vegan. It makes things way harder than they need to be. That’s why I did some research and found the most popular vitamin brands that only sell vegan products, or at least mark them very clearly. If you see any of these brands in a store, online or offline, you’ll be able to...

The Best Vegan Omega 3 Supplement of 2020 [Review]

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Omega 3 Fats Refresher: It will be helpful to keep these points in mind while reading this post: There are 3 main types of omega 3 fats – ALA (from plants), and EPA and DHA (mainly from marine sources). ALA is the main vegan source of omega 3s in food, but has a poor conversion rate into DHA (the best form). You’ll need a lot more of ALA if it’s your main source. The big benefit of...

The 4 Best Vegan Biotin Supplements [2020]

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A Brief Refresher on Biotin (Vitamin B7): Biotin is found in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, as well as nuts and seeds. Here are the best vegan food sources of biotin. Biotin is needed by the body to utilize fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids. Deficiencies in biotin can lead to hair loss (most common), rashes, and heart problems. Most people get interested in biotin supplements because...

The Best Vegan Multivitamin to Buy in 2020 (Gummies & Capsules)

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If you took a multivitamin before becoming vegan, chances are that it’s not vegan friendly. Vegans don’t necessarily need to take a multivitamin, but it can be a nice backup if your diet isn’t always so great. This short post will go over 2 main things: The most important vitamins and minerals for vegans (data-backed) The best vegan multivitamins What Should You Look For in A...

Benefits of Omega 3 Supplements For Vegans [Data-backed]

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Fish are commonly known as the best source of omega 3s. They have DHA and EPA, which are the 2 best forms of omega 3s for humans (there are several forms of omega 3). Most omega 3 supplements consist of fish oil. Obviously that’s not an option for us on a vegan diet. Most of the food sources of omega 3s on a vegan diet are in the form of ALA, which is arguably the worst type. It only converts to...

15 Delicious Vegan Recipes High in Omega 3

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Without fish being an option, it can be difficult to get omega 3 fatty acids on a vegan diet. However, there are a few alternatives to fish oil for vegans. While there’s technically no RDA for omega 3 fats, the standard recommended amount is between 1.1 and 1.6 grams of ALA a day, which is the main type of omega 3s found in plant foods. That takes into account the fact that...