Whether you’re new to the world of dietary supplementation or you’ve been a long time consumer, a high-quality multivitamin and vitamin supplement is often the ‘go-to’ supplement.
Providing your body with the essential water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins your body needs, as well as additional minerals, a multivitamin supplement can help support your body’s core metabolic processes.
These metabolic processes include the conversion of food into usable energy, the conversion of energy into the building blocks for proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and some carbohydrates, and the elimination of metabolic wastes.
In short - these metabolic processes are essential to the healthy functioning and maintenance of your body!
Put another way, essential vitamins contribute towards the chemical reactions that keep your body running. As such, they contribute to everything from maintaining healthy skin, bones and cartilage, to repairing DNA, the synthesis and metabolization of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats and so much more.
Do vegans need multivitamins?
As a vegan, you’re probably especially aware of the need to give your body a ‘helping hand’ in sourcing those essential vitamins.
Studies suggest that approximately 80 to 90% of vegans and vegetarians may be deficient in Vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 (also known as Cobalamin) plays an important part in many metabolic functions, including:
- Maintaining brain and neurological function.
- Red blood cell production.
- The conversion of protein and fats into usable energy.
It’s not a vitamin you want to be deficient in.
Furthermore, even if you maintain a healthy and nutritionally-complete diet, you may still struggle to obtain all the essential vitamins you need.
Why? Well, consider the cooking process. The Vitamin C content of foods such as broccoli, spinach, and lettuce can be reduced by as much as 50% when boiled.
Other foodstuffs can be denatured through incorrect cooking techniques.
It’s for these reasons and more that many vegetarians and vegans choose to add a multivitamin supplement to their diet.
What is a good multivitamin for vegans?
If you’ve even a passing familiarity with the Supplement Needs brand, then you’ll know that one of our most common mantras is that ‘not all multivitamins are created equal!’.
This is especially true when it comes to the world of vegan multivitamins. Whilst it may be tempting to go and buy a cheap vegan multivitamin from a high street store or supermarket, it’ll prove to be a false economy.
To ensure you select the best multivitamin for your needs, look for the following characteristics:
- Vitamin B12 - as this is a vitamin in which vegetarians and vegan can be deficient, double-check that your chosen multivitamin supplement contains an efficacious dose of Vitamin B12.
- Bioavailable - aside from containing all the essential vitamins that your body needs, your chosen multivitamin supplement should contain these vitamins in their bioavailable form - this means it’s far easier for your body to absorb the vitamins (and not just pee them out!).
- Chelated minerals - where a multivitamin supplement contains minerals (and all the best ones do), you should ensure they are the ‘chelated’ forms of those minerals. This means the mineral is bonded to an organic acid - which makes absorption by the body far easier.
- 100% free from fish and animal products - naturally, you want to ensure that any multivitamin supplement that claims to be vegetarian or vegan actually is!
- Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) - ensure that your chosen multivitamin is manufactured in-line with GMP guidelines. This will ensure the supplement is safe and efficacious.
- Credentials - check who is behind your chosen vegan multivitamin. You should only take multivitamins which have been developed by experts.
Here at Supplement Needs our vegan Multivitamin and Mineral PRO supplement meets all these criteria.
Developed by Dr. Dean St Mart PhD, Supplement Needs’ Multivitamin and Mineral PRO includes an impressive 300 mcg of Vitamin B12. As it’s very difficult to get B12 from a truly vegan diet, this is a vegan multivitamin supplement without compromise.
Where can I find more information about multivitamin supplements?
The Supplement Needs team has created a comprehensive guide that sets out the key things you need to know when buying a multivitamin supplement. You can read this guide here.