Nutrient Deficiencies

Vitamin B-12

THE BEST SOURCE OF B-12

The brain and nervous system depend on Vitamin B-12 to function normally.  When you consider that it also aids in the formation of red blood cells, DNA and energy production, it really is indispensible to our health.

It’s often assumed that animals produce b-12 given B-12 is found in red meat, eggs and dairy but animals themselves don’t produce B-12.  It’s produced exclusively by bacteria generally found in soil which synthesize B-12. In the past, people and other animals would have consumed water and veggies from environments rich in B-12 producing bacteria.  The sanitisation practices of modern food production however results in veggies that are void of such bacteria.  If this wasn’t reason enough to debunk the argument that a plant-based diet is unnatural, consider the fact that most cattle reared for beef are supplemented with B-12 for lack of B-12 in their diets… so why not cut out the middle man and take the supplement directly?

NOW B-12

2000 mcg
100 Lozenges

  • Nervous System Health
  • 3 Forms of B-12 including Co-enzyme Forms
  • Serving Size: 1 Lozenge
  • Instant Energy

Calcium

PLANT VS COW CALCIUM?

Cows’ milk is the primary source of calcium for most people however, the majority of plant derived alternatives contain more than their dairy counterpart.  Tofu, kale and soy beans are also very rich in calcium.

Vitamin D

THE BEST WAY TO GET VITAMIN D: SUN, SUPPLEMENTS, OR SALONS?

Vitamin D is created by our own bodies when most of our body’s skin is exposed to fairly potent, direct sunlight.  Relying on this method to generate Vitamin D however is problematic given over exposure to the sun’s rays is not safe.  Conversely, insufficient ultraviolet B rays won’t produce the vitamin.

A number of vegan milks are fortified with Vitamin D and a few servings a day will generally meet the recommendation.  To remove the hassle and ensure peace of mind, we recommend a vegan Vitamin D3 supplement.

Doctor's Best Vitamin D3

2500IU with Vitashine D3
60 Veggie Caps

  • Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free and Soy Free
  • Best vegan D3 features a plant source of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), the superior form of supplemental vitamin D
  • Vitamin D3 is beneficial for supporting bone health, immune wellness, cardiovascular function, and for cellular gene regulation and metabolism
  • The Vitashine D3 in best vegan D3 is sustainably harvested and registered with the prestigious UK Vegan Society

     

     

Omega 3 & 6

ALGAE-BASED DHA VS FLAX

Not all fats are created equal and whilst some are downright harmful, others are critical to our health. Research has shown that saturated fat intake is strongly linked to cardiovascular disease so it’s best avoided. Monounsaturated fat as found in nuts and avos has clear health benefits, but still isn’t essential.

Omega 6 polyunsaturated fats however, are indeed essential, meaning that without which, your health is jeopardized. Fortunately, provided you are getting sufficient calories from plant-based, fat sources, Omega 6 is abundantly available.

Omega 3 is a little more complicated as there are three Omega 3 fat types relevant to our nutrition: ALA (alpha-linolenic acid); DHA (docosahexaenoic acid); and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). ALA is an essential nutrient and is plentiful within chia, hemp and flax seeds along with walnuts. A few tablespoons of any of these nutritious seeds added to your oatmeal, smoothie or salad will ensure your RDA is right on point. Always make sure to grind up the seeds first to maximise bioavailability which you can do with a blender in seconds. We recommend either the NutriBullet or Magic Bullet.

ALA containing plant foods do not contain any DHA or EPA though. DHA and EPA are technically not classified as essential nutrients however your body can convert ALA into either of these nutrients as required. The caveat obviously, is having sufficient ALA present to do so. These two nutrients are powerful at preventing chronic disease and imperative to brain health. Most EPA and DHA supplements are derived from fish oil even though fish don’t produce these fatty acids themselves, but by the algae they eat. Rather than consume fish laden with heavy metals, or fish oil supplements that support an industry responsible for decimating our oceans, we recommend the following algae-derived, DHA/EPA, vegan friendly supplements.

Clean Machine Ahiflower Oil, Vegan Plant Based Omega-3

Non-GMO Gluten-Free
90 Capsules

  • ENHANCE OMEGA 3 INTAKE – Ahiflower oil is the richest, most effective plant sourced of Omega 3. It also has up to a 400% greater EPA conversion than flaxseed oil.
  • MAXIMIZE EPA SYNTHESIS – Ahiflower oil has the highest naturally occurring source of SDA, a ProEPA Omega 3, and a higher ProEPA value than flaxseed, chia, or hemp oils.
  • REAL AND NATURAL INGREDIENTS – This product is all natural, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free.
  • SAFE AND EFFECTIVE – Consumption of Buglossoides arvensis seed oil is safe and increases tissue long-chain, n-3 fatty acid content more effectively than flax seed oil; per results of a phase I randomized clinical trial.
  • MAINTAIN MUSCLE PROTEIN – Emerging research suggests that EPA may help promote protein synthesis and reduce muscle protein breakdown.

DEVA Vegan Vitamins OMEGA-3 DHA (algae)

200mg Vegan Softgels
90-Count Bottle

  • Clean, safe and free of ocean-borne contaminants

Deva Vegan DHA-EPA Supplement Omega-3

300mg Vegan Softgels
90-Count Bottle

  • DEVA DHA and EPA oil is encapsulated in non-animal vegan soft gels
  • From start to finish, it is produced in an FDA-inspected facility
  • No risk of ocean-borne contaminants such as PCBs and dioxins

AMALA Vegan Omega 3 Supplements - DHA & EPA

90-Count Bottle

  • FISH OIL POWER WITHOUT THE FISH – Essential Fatty Acids are just that: essential! Amala Vegan has found a way to naturally give your body what it needs without infringing upon your lifestyle with our DHA and EPA Omega 3 Supplement! It’s a 100% natural, vegetarian supplement in convenient time-released and easy to swallow capsules!
  • LIFE SUPPORT – Our simple capsule offers an important dose of fatty acids and vitamin e to help improve cardiovascular function as well as proper brain development. Fatty acids are also integral to the health of your eyes. Enjoy better health and knowing that your vital functions are being supported properly with Amala Vegan!
  • IMMUNE – DHA has even been found to help improve your immune system by supporting the health and effectiveness of your white blood cells, or T and B cells. It can even increase the overall number of white blood cells helping you to better fight off illness.

Gerbs Raw Flax Seeds

2 Lbs
Vegan & Kosher

  • Brown Flax Seeds Freshly Harvested this Season & Packaged on dedicated Allergen Free equipment in Rhode Island by our Specialy trained staff. Product of CANADA 
  • GERBS All-Natural Pledge = Non GMO, No Trans-fats, cooking oils, chemicals, preservatives, Nothing artificial added! The way mother nature intended our foods to be, made from scratch, to taste great, keep you healthy, & provide natural energy! 
  • Gerbs Certified Allergen Statement – Our entire product line is: Gluten, Wheat, Peanut, Tree-Nut, Soy, Egg, Milk/Dairy, Sesame, Mustard, Shellfish & Fish FREE! 
  • High in Fiber, Antioxidants, Omega Fats, and loaded with Protein. Low Carb’s. Naturally Heart Healthy & Cholesterol Free. Essential piece to any healthy life style! Featured Ingredient on Dr. Oz.

Nutiva Organic Black Chia Seeds

Non-GMO
32-ounce

  • Small, non-glutinous seed that provides a rich source of essential Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and fiber
  • Packed with omega-3, protein, rare antioxidants, and fiber
  • Great in yogurt, oatmeal, baked goods, or smoothies

NutriBullet NBR-1201

Gray
12-Piece High-Speed Blender
Mixer System

  • Effortlessly pulverizes fruits, vegetables, and superfoods for nutritious protein shakes and green smoothies
  • High-torque power base and 600-watt motor
  • Powerful, patented stainless steel blade design with cyclonic action
  • Includes power base, 1 tall cup, 2 short cups, 1 flat blade, 1 emulsifying blade, 2 re-sealable lids, pocket nutritionist and manual with recipes

VITAMIX 5200 BLENDER

64 oz. Container
Black / White

  • Variable Speed Control: Easily adjust speed to achieve a variety of textures. The dial can be rotated at any point during the blend, so you’re in complete control
  • Large Batches: The size and shape of the self-cleaning 64-ounce container is ideal for blending medium to large batches. Design Feature : Radial cooling fan and thermal protection system
  • Hardened Stainless-Steel Blades: Our aircraft-grade stainless steel blades are designed to handle the toughest ingredients, so from the first blend to the last, you get the same quality results

Iron

WILL A VEGAN DIET CAUSE IRON DEFICIENCY?

If you are simply eating enough leafy greens, lentils, whole grains amongst a host of other plant-based sources, you shouldn’t have any need to supplement iron. You can even improve your iron absorption rates by consuming some Vitamin C rich foods simultaneously. As excess iron consumption can be harmful, one should only take an iron supplement on the recommendation of your doctor once your bloodwork has been expertly examined.