Vegan Supplements: The Latest Trend in Health and Wellness
Vegan supplements are in the health and wellness limelight now -- and for a good reason. That’s because many experts believe vegan supplements are simply better for you.
The popularity of veganism is on the rise, and there are plenty of options for finding high-quality vegan supplements.
So, let’s unpack the benefits of vegan supplements and why they're an essential part of a healthy diet. And we’ll also explore a variety of vegan supplements and how to identify a high-quality product.
Are supplements becoming more common in our meal plans?
Absolutely! Supplements are a wise way of getting nutrients that might not be available through food sources alone. Fortunately, high-quality supplement choices abound.
There are 13 essential vitamins your body needs to stay healthy, and some are easier than others to get through a healthy diet. The essential vitamins your body needs are vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyroxidine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12). [i]
Touch base with a trusted healthcare professional to determine which vitamins may be lacking in your diet.
What supplements are the best choice?
Many supplements can be vegan, but there's no one "best" vegan supplement. For example, someone who wants to lose weight or increase muscle mass should look into protein powders. Another individual with high cholesterol levels may benefit from omega fatty acid supplements. Those who want to manage high blood pressure naturally may look for other solutions. Again, it’s wise to touch base with a trusted healthcare professional.
What should I consider when looking for a quality vegan supplement?
It is important to look for key product features. For instance, is it organic? And is it certified non-GMO[ii] and vegan? You may also want to check if it’s gluten-free and soy-free. Importantly, it’s wise to check the ingredients list to ensure no animal products or by-products are used in the manufacturing process (i.e., gelatin). Finally, check out the product reviews to get an idea of other people's experiences before purchasing.
Additionally, you'll want to avoid supplements with added sugar. Lastly, skip anything that has artificial colors or flavors; these supplements have been linked to various health concerns.[iii]
What is the best presentation for supplements?
When it comes to supplements, most people find that taking them in tablet or capsule form is the easiest way to ensure they're getting all their nutrients. However, some supplements do come in liquid form, which may be better for those who have trouble swallowing tablets or capsules. Ultimately, whatever presentation works best for you is what's important.
What about Softgels?
Softgels have become increasingly popular, and it’s no wonder.
Softgels are easier to swallow, and they are better absorbed by your body than any other form of supplements. They also provide an alternative for those who can't take tablets because they have difficulty swallowing or simply do not care for the taste.
Where are vegan supplements sourced from?
This answer varies from supplement to supplement. Some are made with a blend of plant-based and non-plant-based ingredients, while others are strictly vegan. Common ingredients in vegan supplements may include rice protein, hemp protein, beetroot powder (betaine), chlorella algae powder and spirulina blue-green algae. These ingredients are all derived from plants and offer a wide variety of health benefits, such as supporting a healthy weight, boosting energy levels, fighting inflammation, and digestive health.
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