Should You Take Supplements?

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A somewhat controversial question, especially in the wellness community. With a well-rounded plant-based diet, you don’t need any supplementation. Every vegan has heard this and most of us have probably said it. But let’s be honest, who eats a clean whole foods plant-based diet 100% of the time? Not me, I like my vegan junk food. Supplementation isn’t even a vegan problem. Omnivores, herbivores, and “clean-eaters” can all be susceptible to nutrient deficiencies. Here is a CDC report on nutrient deficiencies.

I’ve talked about this a little in the past, but I wanted to do a separate post about vitamins/supplements. I used to never rely on supplements. I only relied on my food to provide me adequate nourishment. My blood tests always came back normal, but I found myself prone to fatigue. Tiredness is caused by many factors but when I started incorporating a multivitamin and other supplements into my routine, I started to feel more energetic and I felt healthier. Some might say this is a placebo effect since supplements haven’t been proven to improve health. But either way, if it’s working then there is no harm. I would discuss the topic with a healthcare professional before you make any drastic changes though.

I am a very busy college student, so I use supplements as insurance. On a regular basis, I take a multivitamin and I make sure that the one I take has B vitamins along with calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3, and zinc. Sometimes I’ll add a vitamin B12 and iron supplement alongside my multivitamin. In the winter, I sometimes incorporate turmeric and an immune boosting supplement. I do this to avoid the dreaded flu season.

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I was lucky enough to collaborate with NativOrganics for this post. I tried many of their products and I was impressed! Their products are full of quality ingredients and they are all plant-based. I especially enjoyed the Turmeric, Ache Angel, and Immune Max. I will definitely take these when I feel a touch of cold coming on.

Long story short…do you absolutely need supplements? No, but it can help you improve your health. Especially if you are busy, suffer from chronic health concerns, and/or live in a colder climate. You don’t have to take what I take, but you might experiment and see which supplements work for you. My outlook on it is that I would rather take an immune supplement now than get sick and have to take medicine later on. I hope this post answered some of your questions about supplements. Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

*All photos taken by me. This post is in collaboration with NativOrganics , but all opinions are my own and I wasn’t paid to write this. I am not a nutritionist nor a physician, please speak with a professional before making any huge dietary changes.

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14 comments on “Should You Take Supplements?”

  1. There’s an excellent app called Cronometer (no letter ‘h’) that’s great for analyzing the nutritional content of one’s diet. Just enter everything you eat, and it tells you how much of each nutrient you’re consuming, compared to the recommended amounts. I think everyone should try it for at least a week, to see if you’re running short on any nutrients. For me, almost everything comes up within recommended ranges, except for two nutrients I consistently come up short on in a vegan diet: Vitamin D and B12. The body can produce D when exposed to sunlight, but B12 is harder – vegan supplements of it are produced from bacteria. That app just compares your intake to the officially recommended amounts – it’s possible that some nutrients might be beneficial in higher-than-recommended amounts, making supplements helpful. Also, supplements can be good for maintaining regular intake of healthful food substances like turmeric and EPA/DHA (there are vegan versions of these “fish oils” extracted from algae).

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I used that app a year ago and liked it. Personally, I just don’t like to track every single thing I eat. But I think it’s helpful for new vegans or if you are concerned about deficiencies. I have also taken algae based supplements in the past and would recommend them if you are concerned about getting omega 3 and 6.

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  2. It definitely is important to be sure DHA, B vitamins, some vitamin D and water soluble vitamins are well provided for, whether through food, pre-made meal replacement shakes, and drink powders. I have been using Isagenix nutrition systems and I am really impressed by the bio-availability of the nutrients. The vegans I have seen with B12 deficiencies really have not shown symptoms of B12 deficiencies… so our body does recycle B12 well. I usually avoid supplementing B12 daily, because I have noticed a lot of foods are fortified with it now.

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I luckily haven’t experienced a b12 deficiency, but I do take a b12 supplement a few times a week. Fortified foods do provide many vitamins for vegans and we shouldn’t be afraid to eat them every now and again.

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  3. My husband and I got sick taking multi-vitamins. My doctor, who is also a nutrition expert, said we ate too well and it was an over dose. We take a few specific vitamin supplements known to be low in the soil in our area and in us. Plus I take a couple for faulty organs I was born with to boost them. So whether vitamins are a good thing depends on your body, where you live, how you eat, and the quality of the supplement. But ultimately we are what we eat. Good food is the best source.
    Supplementation in a store product is to sell it because of popular demand, or they destroyed it in manufacturing and were pressured to add it, or some doctor with clout started a campaign. Extremely seldom because it is the right thing to do and then they use the cheapest source available whether it works or not just to say they did it. I spend a lot of time doing in depth research on how foods are manufactured and the news is shocking.

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    1. I’m glad you read this post! I agree that food is the best source. Everyone should take caution and speak with a doctor before starting supplements. Overdoses happen, but they are not common. Getting sick from vitamins is usually due to additives and not an overdose, at least from my experiences and research. Which is why I recommend vitamins that don’t have added soy, gelatin, lanolin, etc. Whatever works for you is best though. I’m healthy regardless of which vitamins I take, but I know I personally thrive from certain supplements. Thank you for sharing!

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      1. The vitamins were from the doctor and a lab that requires a doctors prescription. Top of the line. The doctor just was not aware at the time of our diet. We aren’t perfect eaters by no means but we do try and raise as much of what we eat as possible and hope to increase that in the future. I, like you, believe that supplements are probably necessary for those who eat store foods. From what I’ve observed, the average American is malnourished. Look at their hair, their skin, and the fact that they get colds and the flu. All signs of a poor immune system. Then you add cancer which is at epidemic proportions. Our grown daughter has terminal cancer so I’ve met with an oncology counselor who advises people on genetics to discuss our families and the reasons why people get cancer. Along with our daughter’s doctors and much research, the answer is clear, diet is a huge factor. Good for you for watching after your health. I wish you well. You are on the right track. Hope to see you again at my blog https://easylivingthehardway.blog/

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