RE: What's the skinny of vitamins/supplements
Posted Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 5:51 PM
As a vegan, the only vitamin you can not get reliably in food is B12. I take a multi-vitamin with B12 every few days or so. If you are over the age of 50, you should be doing this vegan or not.
As for other supplements, this would depend on how balanced your diet is day to day. Again, that's true for anyone vegan or not. For example, if you do not consume a reliable source of calcium (leafy greens, supplemented plant milks, legumes) and you simply don't want to change, then sure, you should probably take a calcium supplement.
Some supplement choices would depend on what your healthcare provider recommends for you. If you are low in iron, you may need to supplement. If you are low in vitamin D, then you may need to supplement. But I would not do that arbitrarily.
I hope that helps!
Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education