RE: Vegan Vitamins? Any suggestions?
Posted Monday, March 22, 2010 at 4:11 PM
Yes, I have been taking the Deva multivitamin. And I take a vegan DHA by Spectrum for omega 3 (in addition to eating flaxseed and walnuts almost daily; this is an alternative to fish oil, and no worries of mercury contamination).
I'm about to switch to the Fuhrman multivitamin when these run out. I think I definitely do not need to take any supplemental vitamin A, for one thing, and I would rather not take the folic acid now that I have read the new reports (also enough in my diet of the natural version folate). My diet contains about a zillion percent of the RDA of A.
I don't eat salt so I make sure to pick a multi with iodine. But I also try to eat sea vegetables regularly. Kelp flakes actually make a great salt substitute for only 45 mg sodium per 1/2 teaspoon and 100% RDA of iodine.
When/if you have blood drawn at your doctor, you can ask for a full panel so you can check your levels of everything. I do this once a year at my annual checkup. I have never been low in anything yet, but some people (vegan or not) find they are low on vitamin D or low on B12 (longtime vegans). If you find a deficiency you can adjust your diet (first) then supplement if necessary.
Don't get too caught up in supplements though. I think they are mostly redundant and/or overhyped. You CAN get too much of a good thing in some cases, as with A. Anyway, I'd rather spend the money on FOOD. Susan Levin said in the Jan kickstart a multi with B12 is a good idea, and most people eating a varied vegan diet high in veggies/fruit/whole grains don't need anything else.
Hope that helps!