Most health shops and chemists have aisles and aisles of expensive supplements. In truth, as long as you eat properly, you likely don’t need any of them. However for busy lives and poor food choices in shops, sometimes it’s good to take a simple multi-supplement as a back-up. Choose one based on plants in sustainable packaging, and talk to your GP first, if taking any medication or pregnant/nursing.
NHS recommends folic acid for women trying to conceive (and up to 12 weeks after conception) to prevent spina bifida in babies. Foods to avoid in pregnancy include fish (so avoid cod liver oil) and foods high in vitamin (like pate or liver sausage).
Get Nourished offers quality biodegradable boxes of supplements including pre-natal blends).
Feel is another good brand of therapeutic-dose supplements in biodegradable packaging (the beauty supplements are promoted by Cheryl Cole, though there’s no guarantee they will make you look like her!)
DR.VEGAN supplements are sold on subscription in metal tins, and refills. These have wonderful reviews and start working within days, though they do smell a bit like compost!
Vegums makes fruity gummy vitamins in metal tins, including omega 3 blends. Created by two pharmacists, these are also suitable for older children, who simply take half the dose (not for children under 3 or choking hazard risks).
Ethical Nutrition was founded by a cancer survivor. This affordable range in sustainable packaging includes a , magnesium (for muscles and vegan vitamin D (from lichen, good for bones).
Beauty Kitchen Vitamin D3 Vegan Gummies offer one of the only plant-based versions of this important vitamin, without sheep lanolin. In a paper pouch (no plastic), these are ideal for people to take in winter or if you don’t get much sunlight (say due to being indoors or religious beliefs meaning you cover up part of your body all year round).
Take 1 to 2 gummies a day (adults only – chew and do not swallow whole, nor exceed daily recommended intake). Not to replace a balance diet. Consult your doctor first if pregnant, breastfeeding or taking medication or under medical supervision. Stop if advise reactions occur.
Naturally flavoured with lemon, these gummies pack 500% of your RDA daily intake to boost your immune system, support muscle health and help to build strong bones and healthy teach. They use pectin rather than gelatine (animal bones) and are also free from gluten, and artificial sweeteners, colours and flavourings.