Best Vitamins for Vegans
In the last few weeks you have noticed your work efficiency hit a new low.
I just don’t feel the same energy at workplace anymore. I am increasingly becoming guilty of being forgetful, you are found to be discussing with your colleagues during lunch time.
The sudden and drastic change is more astounding because of the fact that this has always been your dream job; it has always been buzzing.
It could possibly be down to stress or may be there has been a recent change in your habits?
Err… Nope, everything is perfectly fine. In fact I have also started being more health conscious adopting a complete vegan diet, you see I had to get rid of these extra lumps of fat.
And this is exactly where your problem stems from. It’s the vegan diet that although looks greener and fresher but somewhere down the line it lacks some essential vitamins that our body need to lead a healthy life.
You must be kidding?
What Vitamins Do Vegans Need?
Vegetables are vibrant but they are not vibrant enough for humans to solely depend on them for their entire share of micronutrients. They lack vitamin A and are mostly deprived of vitamin D3 and vitamin B-12. Amongst other micronutrients, a vegan diet is also found to be severely lacking in creatinine and carnosine.
How does the deficiency of these vitamins affect us?
Importance of Vitamins, Missing from a Vegan Diet
The misconception that carrots and citrus fruits help us meet our daily requirements of vitamin A is shared not only by the vegans but most people across the world. The truth is these sources are rich in beta carotenoids, which is an inactive form of vitamin A, converted by the body to retinol (the active form of vitamin A). This conversion is inefficient and vegans can find themselves struggling to meet their daily requirements of the micronutrient.
- Vitamin A helps to maintain strong vision during daytime and at night.
- Vitamin A helps to keep our skin and scalp moisturized, preventing itchiness and rashes.
- Vitamin augments our immune support by helping to regulate gene expression of proteins that play important role is immune function.
- Vitamin A helps repair cellular damage cause by free radicals, because of its inherent anti-oxidative properties.
- Vitamin A inhibits the growth of malignant cells thereby playing a crucial role in preventing cancer and tumour development.
Vitamin B-12 is exclusively found in non-vegan food sources and except fortified food products. There is no other way vegans can include them in their diet but excessively relying on fortified products to meet our daily requirements can be risky as they affect insulin tolerance.
- Vitamin B-12 is essential for healthy functioning of nervous system.
- Vitamin B-12 keeps the body energized.
- Vitamin B-12 is needed for healthy digestive system.
- Vitamin B-12 is required for cellular and tissue development.
Where vegetarians may cover their vitamin D-3 requirements to an extent through the intake of egg yolk and dairy products; it could be totally found missing in a vegan diet.
- Vitamin D-3 is essential for healthy gums and bone growth, as it helps the body to absorb minerals like calcium and phosphorous which play a crucial role in maintaining strong teeth and bones. Vitamin D-2, its counterpart found in plants, has been researched to play a similar role but the impact of vitamin D-3 is found to be greater in increasing serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels.
- Vitamin D-3 helps to prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Vitamin D-3 helps to keep our immune system healthy.
- Vitamin D-3 helps to lower cholesterol levels thus playing a role in preventing heart stroke and arterial plaque.
Vitamin B-3 can be obtained by vegans from food sources like tomatoes and peanuts but being secondary sources, they do not provide vegans with enough amounts to cover their daily requirements.
- Vitamin B-3 aids in circulation thus playing a key role in the growth, functioning and repair of cells and tissues.
- Vitamin B-3 helps in the metabolism of macronutrients like carbohydrates and fats.
Is there a way to integrate all these multivitamins with my vegan diet, without being an outlaw to the utopian society of vegans?
Gummy Vitamins for Vegans
Vitafive brings to you its set of multivitamin supplements, essentially formulated for vegans which help them meet their daily requirements. These gummy vitamins are fun to chew just like candies and with the option of vitamin packs, you can get all the vitamins which are missing from your diet without having to remember and shuffle between different vitamin jars. These packs can be custom built or you may choose from our already packaged versions, designed to meet the needs of all. Place your order here and try these fun munching vitamins for yourself!