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.
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.