What vegan supplements do vegans need? This question comes up often on a plant-based diet.
So, what supplements are important on a vegan diet?
In my opinion (and many health professionals) it’s prudent to supplement with vegan DHA, B12, and D3.
B12 is a “must-take” vegan supplement. We should all be doing so. And, if you are living in colder climates, you simply will not be able to absorb enough vitamin D through sunlight during fall, winter, and even spring months. Even living in Vancouver where we do get sunlight and warmer days in the winter, it iss impossible to soak up that essential vitamin D. Finally, if you aren’t consuming a lot of omega 3’s (or if your body doesn’t easily convert those omegas to DHA/EPA), you may need vegan DHA supplementation.
Complement is the revolutionary vegan product that combines DHA, D3, and B12 in an all-in-one vegan spray.
These are the essential vegan supplements I give my vegan family. I recommend the same in the nutritional section of Plant-Powered Families.
Here’s the catch with vegan supplements
Up until this complement product, we had to buy vegan D3, B12, and DHA all separately. And…
In different forms for different members of the family! For instance, most adults take DHA in a capsule, but we need to use a liquid for children.
While this isn’t the biggest problem in the world (we sure understand big problems right now), it sure helps to simplify routines.
Plus, since this complement product is taken as a spray, that means older children can take the spray on their own.
Everyone in the household (apart from very wee ones) can be responsible for taking their daily supplement of vegan B12, vegan D, and vegan DHA.
Common FAQs about vegan supplementation:
- How long does the $20 discount offer last? Just for March, at least right now.
- Does Complement ship to Canada? Yes, however, the spray doesn’t ship to Canada. You can still benefit from the DHA/D3/B12 supplementation through the multivitamin product.
- Can children use this vegan DHA/B12/D3 spray? Yes! This vegan supplement can be used by all ages.
- Do I have to spray it in my mouth or can I add it to food? You can add it to food!
- Complement has 3 products? Which one do you recommend? As essential, choose the spray. If you feel you could benefit from a more comprehensive multivitamin, choose the complement plus. If you are a vegan athlete and feel you might benefit from a protein powder – complement has the cleanest plant-based protein powder on the market.
- Are complement products expensive? It’s not inexpensive. But then, apart from B12, most vegan supplements are not cheap. When they are, there’s usually a reason (see my story that follows below). Plus, right now you can get $20 off of the spray, and another $10 off if ordering through this link. (use code PPF2020 at checkout)
Price reduced by $20 in March!
We are all trying to boost our immunity. Find ways to combat stress, and build our immune system naturally. A whole foods vegan diet will certainly build a strong immune system. However, depending on how you normally eat – where you live – and how your body absorbs nutrients – these vegan supplements take the guesswork out of things for you.
No Meat Athlete and complement want to support you, my community. Use code: PPF2020 at checkout for $10 off any order.
My experience with vegan supplements
In January I had blood tests done and learned I was D deficient. I was shocked. I was taking a vitamin D every second day, sometimes daily throughout the fall and winter.
I was taking an inexpensive but reputable vitamin D3 in pill form. I later learned from my naturopath these are often poorly absorbed.
Soon after, I got a bad flu. Not a cold. Full-on fever and muscles aches flu. I haven’t had one since the girls were babies, over 10 years for sure. While I rebounded fairly quickly because of my healthy lifestyle, I believe I could have prevented that flu if my D stores were sufficient.
Note: Vitamin D deficiency is not just a vegan issue. Many meat-eaters also need to supplement with vitamin D.
If you have never considered taking vegan supplements, this might be a good time to research and reconsider. At the very least, take your B12. My recommendation is to take a trusted source for vegan DHA, B12 and D3
Complement is one of those trusted sources for vegan supplements.
As I mentioned in other posts, I do not affiliate with many brands. I receive emails daily about Instagram and blog collaborations. I have to really feel good about a product and company to be an affiliate and promote it.
Once you link through, you’ll see complement also offers a more complete multi-vitamin product and also a pure plant-based protein powder.
The $10 off applies to any of their products, but the $20 March discount is for the complement spray only.
This is a great offer, particularly if you use the $10 code with the $20 March discount! Remember use code PPF2020 at checkout for that extra $10 off!
I will return very soon with another recipe! x Dreena