Dietary Supplements for Optimal Health as a Vegan

Updated: Apr 9

Dietary supplements are substances you might use to add nutrients to your diet or to lower your risk of health problems. Dietary supplement is an umbrella term that includes everything from vitamins and minerals to botanicals products, herbs or other plants.

Many adults and children take one or more vitamins or other dietary supplements. These supplements come in a variety of forms, including tablets, capsules, gummies, and powders, as well as drinks and energy bars. But the question is, do you really need to take supplements?

I am certainly not a doctor, but I can say that eating a variety of healthy foods is the best way to get the nutrients you need. However, some people don’t get enough vitamins and minerals from their daily diet, and their doctors may recommend a supplement. One example of this group of people is vegans!

One major concern in regards to a vegan diet is whether this diet provides your body with all the minerals and nutrients it needs. Many people believe a plant-based diet meets all the daily nutrient requirements so they advise vegans not to take extra supplements. While some others believe you do need to take supplements if you are vegan. The best way to actually know if you need to take supplements or not is to ask your doctor. So consult with your doctor before taking any supplements.

Here is a list of nutrients you may need to supplement if you are on a vegan diet

1. Vitamin B12

Since your body doesn't make vitamin B12, you have to get it from animal-based foods. Those animals ingested the B12 from the grass they consume. So, humans who eat other animals are supplementing B12 by ingesting the B12 contained in the meat. Of course, this does not apply to plant-based eaters.