Many naysayers rumor that solely consuming plant-based foods may lead to a nutrient imbalance. But in reality, you can get everything you need from a vegan diet. However, navigating this lifestyle can be tricky when you’re first starting out.
After years of consuming the standard American diet (SAD), it can definitely take some practice to feel confident that you’re getting your recommended intake of essential vitamins and minerals—but that’s where supplements can come in.
Keep in mind, there are some key nutrients, like vitamin B12 and vitamin D3 that you may need to supplement no matter how experienced you are at creating balanced plant-based meal plans.
Whether you’re new to plant-based eating or a seasoned vegan with some nutritional gaps, below are seven great supplement brands that are sure to keep you “plant-strong”:
This brand not only manufactures products that are vegetarian-friendly, but all of their vitamins are also certified vegan by The Vegan Society. Deva carries a variety of plant-based essentials like iron, multivitamins and vitamin B12.
Dietitian’s pick: The Omega-3 DHA-EPA Liquid has a refreshing lemon flavor that beats the fishy taste normally associated with omega-3 supplements. Not to mention, it’s a liquid dropper, rather than capsules, which makes it easier to hit those healthy omega-3 levels!
2. Country Life
Celebrating over 40 years producing supplements, Country Life is a brand that boasts a variety of certifications. This brand is the first to be a certified gluten-free facility and is now certified USDA organic. They also have their own line of vegan products, certified through the American Vegetarian Association.
Dietitian’s pick: Opt for the Vegan K2 Strawberry, which supports bone health. Normally this nutrient is extremely difficult to come by in a plant-based diet, but with Country Life’s delicious strawberry-flavored lozenge, your vitamin K2 needs can easily be met!
3. Garden of Life
Garden of Life offers a wide array of supplements to achieve balanced nutrition. Whether looking for specific nutrients, like calcium, iron or vitamin B12 or supplements for a specified purpose, like bone or blood health, this company has you covered.
Dietitian’s pick: One supplement that truly stands out would have to be their Vegan D3 Organic Spray. With a delicious fruity taste and easy method for delivery, you’re able to easily take 1,000 IUs to 5,000 IUs of vitamin D3, keeping your levels in a healthy range.
A whole-food brand, MegaFood brand products are non-GMO and tested for over 100 herbicides and pesticides. They offer a variety of products to support a healthy vegan lifestyle.
Dietitian’s pick: Although this brand offers a variety of multivitamins for different life stages, my pick is the One Daily. It’s great for the minimalist shopper who wants one multi for their household. And with only one tablet per day, it’s an easy way to make sure those foundational nutrients are being taken care of!
5. New Chapter
Non-GMO Project Verified and made with organic fruits and vegetables, New Chapter offers a fabulous line of quality products. Whether looking for supplements to reduce inflammation, promote digestion or for general wellbeing, this line has it all.
Dietitian’s pick: Try the CoQ10 Plus Food Complex. Formulated to promote heart health, it’s great for those that have transitioned to a plant-based diet to reduce cholesterol and lower or eliminate statin medications. Statins can interfere with CoQ10 metabolism, leading to a variety of issues, but adding a supplement to your regime could reduce the risk!
6. Pure Vegan
In business for over 50 years, Pure Vegan offers certified vegan products including vitamin D spray, protein powders, antioxidant blends and supplements to promote sleep.
Dietitian’s pick: The Pure Vegan B-12 spray contains close to 200 servings per bottle. Just one single spray covers more than your daily need for this vitamin, making it a must for any plant-based eater!
One of the first companies to introduce vegan-friendly cellulose capsules, VegLife has been a plant-based-friendly brand for decades. Certified vegan and a supporter of EarthSave International (a non-profit organization that educates people on the connection between humans, the environment and food) this company gives back and provides quality products.
Dietitian’s pick: VegLife’s Red Marine Calcium is formulated with magnesium and is designed to effectively promote bone health.
Do you have a must-have vegan supplement you’re a huge fan of? Share in the comments below!