Taking supplementation on a vegan or plant-based diet is important as you can't always be sure if you're getting the optimal amount of vitamins and minerals. This is because absorption efficiency and utilization of nutrients vary from person to person. And that's not all.
Vitamin B12 being naturally occurring in animal sources is probably everyone's priority. Iodine supplements would be just as helpful as you avoid salt to prevent elevated blood pressure, arterial stiffness, and other adverse effects. Then there's zinc. While some plant foods like legumes and whole grains are good sources, they also contain an anti-nutrient called phytates that can lower zinc absorption. As for vitamin D, unless the sunny season is all year long, you don't have to worry about your body creating vitamin D with help from direct sunlight on your skin. But some parts of the world have winter, don't they? And getting it from animal sources is not the way to go.
But how much do you need? And why would you also want to consider supplementing on long-chain omega-3 fatty acids? Well, Dr. Fuhrman's got you covered.
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