You may choose to follow a vegetarian and plant-based diet for a number of reasons including animal advocacy, environmental advocacy and improving overall health.
Following a vegetarian diet can positively impact your health in a number of ways. Some people change their diet to help lower cholesterol, increase their intake of healthy plant-based foods or reduce the intake of chemicals often present in processed meats.
Folic Acid for Proper Brain Functioning and Emotional Health
Folic Acid, also known B9, aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body’s genetic material. It’s especially important in infancy, adolescence and for pregnant woman. It also plays an important role in iron absorption, which is another essential nutrient for vegetarians. In severe cases, lack of folic acid in the diet can cause birth defects, depression, heart disease and other issues. Folic acid is present in the following foods:
- Dark leafy greens
- Whole grains
- Lima beans
- Orange juice
- Brussels sprouts
B12 Is a Must for a Healthy Vegetarian Diet
B 12 is essential for vegetarians. This vitamin helps maintain a healthy blood and nervous system. Signs of deficiency include fatigue, weakness, digestive disturbances, and, in more serious cases anemia and neurological disorders.
Because B12 is found primarily in animal products, it’s important that vegetarians either include the fortified foods listed below as a part of their diet or take a supplement.
- Nutritional yeast
- Fortified breakfast cereals
- Fortified soy or almond milk
- Fortified soy products (like tofu)
- Low fat milk and cheese
Vitamin D for Healthy Bones
We can’t forget about Vitamin D! This supplement works hard to keep your bones strong and healthy and makes it so your body can absorb calcium. This is important for vegetarians because as you grow and get older, if lacking in Vitamin D, you have a greater risk of breaking bones and losing bone density. This vitamin is only found naturally in a few foods including fatty-fish & fortified milk, which as a vegan you are not consuming. There are plenty of fun ways to get your daily dose of Vitamin D in:
- Fortified milk alternatives (soy, almond & hemp)
- Shiitake mushrooms
Supplements For Security
To ensure that you’re getting these essential vitamins as well as the proper dose of C, D, and other vitamins that keep you healthy and happy, consider taking a daily supplement. This is especially helpful for people transitioning from eating meat to a vegetarian lifestyle.
Don’t see iron in our vegetarian vitamins? That’s because iron is the one nutrient that you can consume too much of. It can become toxic if taken in excess amounts, especially for children. With our gummies being so yummi there is a chance that people will over indulge.
Looking for a vegetarian supplement? We offer great options for both kids and adults. Find them here: