Is Emergen-C Vegan? [Updated]



I have good news and bad news.

Some Emergen-C products are vegan, and some are not.

Considering all their product lines and flavors, looking through all the ingredients took a while!

But now I can confidently break down which Emergen-C products are and aren’t vegan.

There are 2 problem ingredients that I ran into:

  1. Honey powder – Honey is not vegan, and a few products contained this.
  2. Vitamin D – If you see vitamin D on the nutrition label for any Emergen-C product, it’s in the form of D3, which comes from lanolin (sheep’s wool), which is not vegan.

Other than that the ingredients looked good. Mainly fruit, sugar, and a few other vegan vitamins and minerals added in.

Emergen-C Products That Are NOT Vegan

Let’s start with the Emergen-C products you should avoid:

  • The Everyday Immune Support Pink Lemonade Flavor (contains honey powder)
  • ALL Enhanced Immune Support Formula (also called “Immune+”)
  • Emergen-Zzzz (This sleep-aid contains vitamin D)
  • Immune+ Chewables

Basically everything other than those 2 lines and 1 flavor appear to be vegan.

Emergen-C Products That ARE Vegan

You can find the full ingredients list for each product on its product page on Emergen-C’s website.

If you trust me, here are the products that I’m confident are vegan:

  • Everyday Immune Support (except pink lemonade flavor)
  • All Energy+ flavors
  • All Emergen-C Hydration+ Sports Drink Mix flavors
  • All Probiotics flavors
  • All Hydrate flavors
  • All Replenish flavors
  • Kidz

What About the Emergen-C Gummies?

Surprisingly even the gummies might vegan, which is rare in the supplement world.

For example, here are the ingredients for the orange zest gummies:

  • Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Water. Contains <2% of: Annatto Seed Extract (color), Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Pectin, Sodium Citrate

Luckily they use the vegan alternative for gelatin – pectin.

While natural flavors are not always vegan, they likely are in this context. Some sugar is vegan, and some is not, and that’s the only potential issue I see.

If you don’t want to take the risk, just avoid the gummies.

I will try my best to keep this up to date if Emergen-C changes their product line or formulas, but I still recommend double checking the ingredients list and nutrition label, particularly for those 2 main issues before buying any.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.