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Best Vegan Supplements: Q&A with Jenné


Is it important to take vitamins? Which supplements should I be taking? Are there certain vitamins that vegans need to use?

I get these questions all of the time, so in this video I’ll talk about the supplements I take and what they do for my body.
Of course you should be relying on a healthy plant-based diet to supply your body with necessary nutrients, but supplements are a great way to get that added boost!

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The vitamins I take daily:
– Vitamin C for immunity and healthy skin. I take 500mg 3x daily. A liquid vitamin C works best, but an inexpensive pill will work too.
– B complex for a balance of essential B vitamins including b12 (an important nutrient for neurological health). B complex vitamins are helpful for controlling stress too! Can be taken as a pill, injection at the doctor, liquid, or dissolvable tablet.
– Vegan Omega 3 with EPA and DHA for heart and brain health. This omega-3 supplement is sourced from algae. Unlike fish oil it is unlikely to be contaminated with harmful pollutants and heavy metals.
– Zinc for hormonal balance and immunity. This is particularly helpful for maintaining healthy skin.

What vitamins do you like to take and why? Or are you opposed to taking supplements? Share your thoughts below!

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The Difference Between Vitamins and Supplements


Vitamins or supplements? It’s a question pharmacist Kacie Brubaker gets all the time. “With dietary supplements, it’s really an umbrella term that contains vitamins, supplements, minerals, any dietary supplements, and it really refers to anything you are taking to supplement your regular diet,” said Kacie Brubaker, a pharmacist with Lee Health.

But she says there is a difference between taking vitamins and taking supplements. “Vitamins are natural substances that are required for your body to function normally and remain healthy, whereas your more traditional dietary supplements are not essential, they are to promote health in other areas,” she said.

While some patients may only need a vitamin or supplement for a limited time, others may need one long-term. Patients who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, for example, will often have a low vitamin B12—so it’s important they add that to their daily diet. “We want to make sure you’re getting enough, but we don’t want too much because certain vitamins can build up in the body and cause problems later on,” Brubaker said.

Before taking a vitamin or supplement, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor to make sure it won’t interact with other medications. Knowing what your body needs before you take a vitamin or supplement is important to improving your overall health.

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