I'd like it if someone could post info that people here on TKD could refer to when it comes to what vitamins vegans need when it comes to supplements. We know B12 and iron is important but what else? I realize that food, as another gal suggested to me on another post of mine,should be the best source for vitamins but I know that vitamins and sups are needed for backup or when one can't get everything they need from food. I discovered last month that eating alot of grains greatly decreases vitamins and minerals from ones system and so it's important to take zinc and other vitamins to replenish what grains are taking out of ones body. Nowhere in all the reading of vegan books or literature did I ever read about this. It was just repetitive about how great grains are and how we should be eating alot of them. So lists/charts/books info, with more info on the health needs side of veganism, would be greatly appreciated. My energy's been so low lately and I'm not liking the fact that I've not read about these things I've been needing beyond B12 and iron it's been trial and error. Thanks!
I know several people who have been vegan for over 10 years and take no supplements whatsoever since they incorporate a wide variety of whole foods into their diet every day. Not even B12 since they use nutritional yeast to get the B12 they need. They say that it'll take up to 3 years to deplete your stored B12 if you have not been a meat eater prior to going vegan.
I cook in cast iron so I know that I get extra iron that way. I travel for work and that's a challenge so I take Vega Whole Food Optimizer with me and have that when I travel since I can't eat as well 3 meals a day when I'm on the road.
I have been vegan for a month and a half and am also seeing a new doctor who is checking my b12 level. It will be interesting to know if the b12 supplement that I take a few times a week is enough. Maybe that is something you could do to have peace of mind.
I hate the doctor's office, but really like the doctor and she is really supportive of the alternative medicine that I try.
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