Ahhh supplements, the most confusing yet thriving business alive!
Learning what supplements to take and why can be like going back to grade school- there are so many opinions, options, and information that many of us get overwhelmed before we’ve even started!
And if you are a vitamin enthusiast? You may sometimes feel just the same as those grandmas consuming pills M-F with their little plastic prescription holder. Which sucks, because we really shouldn’t be popping multiple magic pills to make ourselves feel tip-top shape, vitamins or not. And don’t even get me started on those “one-a-day” tablets- I’ve read time and again how many people simply urinate them out and you receive very little benefit, if any.
While this all sounds pretty grim lol, rest assured there are many valuable supplements that you can add into your food, making the process feel easier, helping your system absorb/digest it better, and most importantly: making it more like eating and less like pill-popping.
Personally, I take supplements in my morning smoothie or fresh juice (like, with a juicer yo), and I mix and match depending on how I’m feeling and the smoothie/juice flavor.
About the only “vitamin” that I recommend taking (for a vegan diet) is your vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin). Even then, it’s not something that you have to take daily- once a week should suffice. And btw, this vitamin is only necessary because our modern water is stripped of its natural vitamins and minerals, including B12, unlike the water of our ancestors which contained plenty of nutrients (and perhaps some not-so-good things too, but you can’t win them all, right?).
Over the years, after reading a variety of info on vegan nutrition and wellness, I’ve found that you REALLY will be getting enough on a plant-based lifestyle, given that you are eating a variety of veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Anyone that eats a diet based primarily around processed eats, vegan or not, are missing key components to a balanced diet.
And this is the super sexy part where supplements come in: you can add these beauties into your food, making your diet more well-rounded and down to earth. This can be in the form of store-bought powders (from ecologically responsible companies) OR herbs that you grow right from your own backyard. Just remember that using powders in your food should be treated as supplements and NOT replacements. At the end of the day, real, whole, nutritious food is always going to be your number one ally.
All that to say though, adding some extra powders into your super amazing smoothies and juices will give them those extra superpowers and can really up your mood and mental health.
Below, I have listed my favorite vegan supplements, some of which are new flames and others which have been long-term romances for me. And of course, if you have any questions about any of these, please feel free to ask!