There is a lot of mixed opinions and controversy on the topic of supplements. Some people are all for them and take every supplement you can think of religiously, others are the complete opposite and shun the world of supplements as they think they are not only a waste of money, but do nothing for your body. I personally sit somewhere in the middle, I believe there are many supplements that are beneficial to us and are necessary to lead a long and healthy life. On the other hand, I believe a lot of supplements are a complete waste and overpriced! Today I am going to share with you the supplements I take on a daily/weekly basis and why they are important!
Vitamin B12: This is a vitamin that everyone should be taking on a daily, or at least weekly basis, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian! Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells, and also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak. Vitamin B12 is found naturally in a wide variety of animal foods and is added to some fortified foods like plant milks. Plant foods have no vitamin B12 unless they are fortified, with the exception of Nutritional Yeast, the holy grail of veganism! Supplementing with Vitamin B12 at least 2 to 3 times a week will help keep up your energy levels, stabilize your mood, protect your brain health, and so much more! If you want to read more I recommend National Institute of Health’s article on B12 and Global healing Centres article on the benefits of taking this supplement.
Vitamin D: Otherwise known as the “sunshine vitamin”, as it is produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Vitamin D has several important functions, with its most vital being the regulation of absorbing calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating regular immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. The three most surprising benefits of Vitamin D include fighting off disease, mood stabilization and reduction of depression, and boosted weight loss! I supplement with Vitamin D and D3 almost daily, especially in the winter months when I cannot be in the sun! I have been taking a Vitamin B12 and D3 supplement the last three weeks from a company called Herbaland and have been loving it! Herbaland is a company that creates all gummy supplements, with plenty of vegan friendly options! This vegan B12 and D3 supplement is by far my favourite, it tastes like SWEDISH BERRIES! My favourite candy growing up! Definitely check out their supplements if you are in the market for some delicious and nutritious vitamins.
Omegas (Omega 3 fatty acids): Typically, omega 3 fatty acids and other omega 3-6-9 supplements tend to be fish oil pills. However, there are vegan alternatives. The benefits of supplementing with Omega 3 fatty acids include reduction of inflammation, and may help lower risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. I personally do not take a supplement pill form of Omega 3, but I always include 2 tablespoons of flax in all my smoothies, regularly consume hemp hearts and chia seeds, both rich in omegas, and walnuts! If you don’t prefer the diet route, you can try this vegan supplement !
Iron: Now not everybody needs to supplement for iron, but as someone who has suffered from anemia since early teens, Iron supplements are something I take at least once a week. The benefits of iron are extensive if you suffer from low iron or anemia, including battling fatigue, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Iron additionally helps with the strength and appearance of your hair skin and nails! I have changed my iron supplements over the years, but any vegan friendly iron supplement will do for me!
These are the four supplements I take on a daily or weekly basis, along with the incorporation of adaptogens, which I discussed in a previous blog post! Additionally, I take other supplements on occasion when working out or when I need an extra boost of energy!
I have been loving my Herbaland vegan BCAAs , otherwise known as Branch Chain Amino Acids when it comes to working out. BCAAs help with your endurance and muscle recovery when working out, so I tend to take them on days where I need an extra push (particularly HIIT workouts and leg day are the ones I feel I need the extra oomph). They are all natural, vegan friendly, and absolutely delicious! This supplement is in gummy form and I take them 45 minutes to an hour before I workout! They are delicious and really support my high intensity workouts!
Herbaland also makes some amazing added supplements that I have played around with, including a fruit and veg fibre supplement that helps with digestions, which I have noticed results with when taking regularly! Additionally they have some delicious protein gummies that I eat as a post workout snack and energy boosting supplements to help get your through those long dreary days at work or school. I would recommend their supplements to anybody as they are delicious and nutritious!
Well There you have it, some important supplements that I recommend you taking to improve your health and energy levels. Let me know your favourite supplements so I can check them out!