When you choose to have a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, you consciously keep animal products out of your diet. The reasons for this can be out of principle, the environment or others. This is of course everyone's right, but it does require some extra attention. Many of the vitamins we should take daily we get from animal related products. Are you vegetarian or vegan? Then this blog might interest you!
For people who do not consume animal related products, a vitamin B12 deficiency can be lurking. The tricky thing about vitamin B12 is that it can only be found in animal related products, such as meat, eggs and dairy products. Vegetarians, but especially vegans, get a lot less or no vitamin B12 because they do not consume meat, eggs or milk products. That is why doctors recommend vegans and vegetarians to take dietary supplements containing B12 on a daily basis. This way you are ahead of a B12 deficiency in the body.
In addition to a vitamin B12 deficiency, an iron deficiency can also occur. Iron comes in two forms: heme iron and non-heme iron. The former is only found in animal related products, non-heme iron also in vegetable products. Fortunately, there are a few other aids that can help you with heme iron absorption. Taking a good amount of vitamin C offers a solution. Vitamin C ensures that non-heme iron is being better absorbed from vegetable products. Eating enough fruit and vegetables therefore promotes iron absorption in the human body.
Although a magnesium deficiency is less likely for vegetarians and vegans than an iron and vitamin B12 deficiency, it is good to keep an eye on your magnesium level. In general people get magnesium from food. Luckily magnesium can be found in many products, for example there is a lot of magnesium in whole grain bread and other whole grain products. It is also found in many vegetables and certain nuts such as cashews, almonds and Brazil nuts. Those who do not eat much of the before mentioned, they can also rely on many dairy products and different types of meat. So, there is the catch: vegetarians and vegans have to get it from those first products. For people who take less products that contain magnesium, it is advisable to take a dietary supplement with magnesium in order to maintain the daily dosage. Food supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet or lifestyle, they are an addition to your healthy diet.
When you choose to take nutritional supplements, you might want them to be vegetarian or even vegan as well. For those we have some good news, almost all our products are vegan! If we look at the products of CureSupport, only the D3 supplements are obtained from sheep wool. This means that all products containing D3 are not vegan, but vegetarian. The other products in the range are vegan as they do not contain any products of animal origin. Soon CureSupport will have a vegan D3 as well and turn their complete product range into vegan!