Vital supplements to add to your vegan diet

A vegan diet is supplement-heavy. If you talk about red flags when it comes to knowing a vegan diet, then this statement is definitely one. If you ask individuals who are flirting with the idea of becoming vegan but haven’t taken the decision yet, a major factor behind this is misinformation and a lack of awareness about the nutritional components of a vegan diet. 

Supplements are a requirement for every type of diet, irrespective of the fact whether it contains meat or not. Having the right balance of supplements to complement your diet and not dominate it is key. And no, you don’t need to be going to the gym to take these supplements.

  • Vitamin D

  • Since this blog is mostly going to be about tackling misconceptions, Vitamin D is a great starting point. The most prominent source of Vitamin D, or the “sunshine” vitamin as it is aptly called, is sunlight. You might be thinking that in a sunlight-rich country like India, which doesn’t face the problem of irregular and insufficient sunlight as in northern countries, a supplement is more of a want than a need. There’s more than meets the eye.

    The most important function of Vitamin D, or to be more specific Vitamin D3, is to help our body in absorbing calcium and phosphorus. But as important as it is for healthy bones, having optimum VItamin D3 levels is a great boost for your immunity. This is the main reason why Vitamin D supplements grew in great demand during COVID-19. Since a lack of Vitamin D3 can be a major cause of respiratory distress and related ailments, individuals with adequate Vitamin D levels are better protected from the risk of any breathing issues caused by COVID-19, and better still, are far less likely to contract the virus in the first place.

    In addition to making our immune system more robust and improving our bone density and strength, Vitamin D3 helps in better mood regulation and decreases the risk of depression and anxiety. Studies point to a reduction in negative changes of mood and emotions amongst people taking sufficient Vitamin D supplements.

    While Vitamin D3 is animal-derived in most supplements, the best organic plant-based source is Lichen Cladonia Rangiferina, or Lichen in short, which is natural, toxin, and adulterant-free. If you are interested in witnessing the benefits of organically-derived Vitamin D3 can have on your health, look no further than the Swisse Vegan Calcium + Vitamin D Tablets.

  • Iron

  • Iron is a delicate nutritional component of our diets. Why? Because balancing iron levels is something we often tend to ignore.

    Iron deficiency leads to depleted energy levels, dizziness, shortness of breath, and anemia while overcompensating iron levels can upset our digestive system and hamper the absorption of other vital nutrients. 

    Iron is critical in maintaining good blood health and hemoglobin levels, but it also requires the support of other nutrients for better and effective absorption, such as Vitamins B6, B12, and C. How will you manage to mix these nutrients proportionately? With our help, of course! The Swisse Ultiboost Iron tablets do the balancing for you.

  • Magnesium 

  • We all crave a sound sleep that helps us restock our burnt-out energy, ease our muscle fatigue, and keep us active throughout the day. But how can we go one step further to ensure it? By stocking up our Magnesium reserves. 

    Soil quality depletion has directly impacted the Magnesium content of the plants and vegetables we consume, making it difficult for vegans and vegetarians to include Magnesium adequately in their diet. Here’s where we come to the rescue with the Swisse Ultiboost Magnesium tablets, that save you the hassle of spending extra on your diet and getting no Magnesium in return.

  • Biotin

  • Biotin, or Vitamin B7, helps in the breaking down of fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids, as well as in maintaining our hair and skin health, making it a key cog in the nutritional machine that is our body. Our hair is an important part of our body, but also the one to which we are guilty of allocating the least amount of attention. 

    Since Biotin is water-soluble, our body finds it difficult to store it properly. Ensuring that you are consuming Biotin in the right quantity daily is a must to fight its storage problems. Caring for your hair is not just limited to choosing the right shampoo, conditioner, or oil, but also about choosing the right supplements. The Swisse Biotin+ supplement is suitable for both men and women in preventing biotin deficiency.

  • Vitamin B12

  • Perhaps the most indispensable component is not just a vegan diet, but any diet is Vitamin B12. The basic functioning of our body, ranging from neurological processes to the structural formation of our blood cells and DNA, relies on Vitamin B12.

    Vitamin B12 comes from soil bacteria, which gets deposited on vegetables during their growth. But as is the case with Magnesium, soil quality depletion has resulted in our fruits and vegetables being cultivated in bacteria-depleted soil, necessitating the need for supplementing the vitamin in our daily diets.

    Notice a theme? Vegan supplements are a primary source of nutrients, making their efficacy noticeably better than animal-derived traditional supplements. This is not just the case for the nutrients mentioned in this blog, but also for the protein-heads looking for a healthier, and greener source of protein. Swisse’s plant-based protein offers your body its protein requirement organically, free from any additives whatsoever.