Vegan and vegetarian supplements don’t have to be for vegans and vegetarians only. Technically, anyone can choose to take a supplement that falls into those categories. That being said, if you are looking to manufacture a supplement that’s just for vegetarians or vegans, you may want to consider incorporating one of these key nutrients…
5 Nutrients to Consider When Crafting a Vegan Supplement (In No Particular Order)
Nutrient #1 – Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 supports a number of different bodily processes, including the development of red blood cells to how our brain maintains neurological functions. Especially for vegans, Vitamin B12 intake has earned a reputation for being particularly difficult to manage. In certain cases, even those who eat traditional diets can benefit from B12 supplementation.
Nutrient #2 – Iron
Like B12, iron is most often recognized, from a nutritional standpoint, for the role it plays in how our blood cells and the heart deliver oxygen to the rest of the body.
Like many of the nutrients on the list, for vegan consumers a well-balanced diet may not always be enough when it comes getting enough iron. Unlike the naturally occurring iron in animal-based foods, the iron found in plant-based foods (nonheme iron) can’t be used as readily by the body.
Nutrient #3 – Zinc
Zinc is vital component for dozens of the body’s natural processes, and yet research has suggested that a surprisingly large portion of the world’s population – not just vegans – are at risk of being zinc deficient.
While zinc can be found in certain vegetable sources, research has indicated that other nutrients found within those plants may bind to the zinc, ultimately impacting our body’s ability to absorb it properly.
Nutrient(s) #4 – Amino Acids
The building block of protein, it can be fairly easy for a person adhering to a traditional western diet – one that includes fish, poultry, and meat – to get their daily dose of amino acids from whole foods.
While their are a number amino rich plants and plant-based foods, getting the right amounts of all nine essential amino acids (the ones that our bodies can’t produce on their one) can prove challenging when following a strictly plant-based diet.
Nutrient #5 – Vitamin D
Playing a role in everything from bone health to how our neurons send information, Vitamin D is another essential nutrient – for vegans and non-vegans alike!
A key thing to remember when manufacturing a vegan supplement with vitamin D is that most Vitamin D isn’t vegan (thanks to the fact that it’s derived, believe it or not, from sheep’s wool).
Ultimately, the nutrients that make it into your vegan supplement’s formulation will depend on the unique needs that your supplement is intended to meet.