Dr Vegan

Not everyone always needs supplements, but due to lack of plant-based food in some places and busy lives, sometimes taking an all-round supplement is a good idea, just as back-up. But never use these as replacement for healthy balanced diets. Here are some good plant-based supplements in sustainable packaging. Always check with your doctor before taking supplements if pregnant/nursing or if taking medication (or you have a medical condition). 

Dr Vegan offers wonderful supplements (they do smell and taste a bit like compost, be warned!) in a metal tin for the first order, then in refill packs. The company has recently teamed up with Forest Green Rovers (a green vegan football club) as official partners. Developed by expert nutritionists using the latest science, the range includes all-round supplements, plus ones for pregnancy, omega-3, brain or gut health and skin, hair and nails.

fruity supplements in compostable packaging

vegums

Vegums makes multi-vitamins in chewable gum form, sold in zero-waste packaging. All items are vegan-friendly and also taste great! Simple to use, just take one for older children or two for adults. Say goodbye to chalky tasting pills and capsules! Keep away from young children and pets, as these do look (and taste) like sweets.

The brand was founded by two pharmacists, who not only were fed up of chalky-tasting supplements, but saw the phrase on some packs ‘suitable for vegans’ offensive, as if this was an afterthought. All supplements should be vegan! And they also knew that supplements are only packaged in plastic, because they chose to be cheap.

This company produces supplements with plant-based diets in mind, but uses natural ingredients like unrefined sugar and citrus-peel gelling agents. Plastic-free and carbon-negative, the range helps to up your B12, D, B6, selenium, iodine, iron and omega-3, just order on subscription for regular deliveries.

The flagship multivitamin contains vitamin B12 (for metabolism), vitamin D3 (plant-based), B6, folic acid, selenium and iodine.

Omega 3 fatty acids are good for your eyes, skin, heart and brain, and also help sleep and reduce symptoms of ADHD and asthma.

Iron helps to move oxygen from the lungs to teh rest of the body, and helps muscles store and use it. It’s also good for physical growth, neurological development, cellular function and synthesis of some hormones.

At end of use, just throw the packaging in your compost along with your potato peelings, cut into small pieces with scissors first.

other good vegan supplement brands 

Together Health offers a wide range of quality vegan supplements, all sold in plastic-free packaging. The range includes everyday multi-supplements, plus ones for bone health, beauty, omega 3 and pregnancy.

Terraseed (US) is a vegan supplement company, offering nutritional supplements in cardboard tube packaging, made from quality ingredients. Formulated by doctors and scientists, the main supplement features 9 ingredients including vitamin B12, omega-3, iodine, magnesium, vitamin C and zinc. There is also a complete supplement for kids in a biodegradable child-resistant pill bottle (cherry orange gummies for older children).

Future Kind (US) is a highly-reviewed supplement brand, founded by two Aussie nutritionist brothers, who also donate portions of profits to animal sanctuaries worldwide. In sustainable packaging, the wide range includes standard supplements, plus ones for omega 3 and vegan collagen, along with protein powders and meal replacement shakes.

the best plant-based omega 3 supplements

nothing fishy

Not everyone always needs supplements, but due to lack of plant-based food in some places and busy lives, sometimes taking an all-round supplement is a good idea, just as back-up. But never use these as replacement for healthy balanced diets. Here are some good plant-based supplements in sustainable packaging. Omega 3 fatty acids are good for your eyes, skin, heart and brain, and also help sleep and reduce symptoms of ADHD and asthma. Ideal to support mood and joint health, around 95% of people don’t get enough of ALA, EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids, and fish versions contain mercury and microplastics.

Unless you eat a lot of chia or flax seeds (or fish), you likely need a supplement. The WHO says we should get 0.5% to 2% of all calories from omega 3s. Consult a doctor if you are pregnant/nursing, under 18 or have medical conditions, before taking any supplement (same with allergies). Always check with GP before taking supplements (especially vitamin D that children and some people should not take).

Nothing Fishy is a brand of omega 3 supplements that use algae, rather than fish. Sold in easy-to-recycle packaging, unlike fish that is often exposed to chemicals, the algae is from tanks for the purest results. And of course is much kinder to fish!

Made from ethically extracted algae oil, there’s no burpy fishy aftertaste, just a good modern supplement in an easy-to-recycle glass jar with compostable refills (for which you get discounts). Developed by a leading registered nutritionist, take twice a day with meals, they are very easy to swallow. Most people notice a difference in 1 to 2 months. Omega fatty acids are good for our eyes, heart and brain, and also good for mood and to reduce inflammation.

The company also sell a plant-based vitamin D3 supplement, again from sustainable algae, as it’s difficult to get it from diet and sun alone. Store softgels away from direct sunlight at room temperature, in a cool dry place like a closed cupboard.

Dr Vegan offers plant-based omega 3 supplements in zero-waste refill pouches, and a metal tin on your first order. This contains 1000mg of omega oil (the optimal dose of 300mg DHA and 150mg of EPA per serving) for brain, heart, skin and eye health. Use their diet profile to see if you’re missing omega 3s.  This is ethically sourced from algae (one tonne of algal oil is the same as 60 tons of wild-caught fish).

Vegums offers omega 3 supplemens in zero-waste packaging. Keep away from young children and pets, as these do look (and taste) like sweets. The brand was founded by two pharmacists, who not only were fed up of chalky-tasting supplements, but saw the phrase on some packs ‘suitable for vegans’ offensive, as if this was an afterthought. All supplements should be vegan! And they also knew that supplements are only packaged in plastic, because they chose to be cheap.

Together Health offers good omega-3 fish-free supplements in zero-waste packs. In the ideal ratio of DHA and EPA, this helps to stop the 25% of global catch used to make fish oil products. Algae are grown on land and contain over 18% omega 3 (more than fish). And no chemicals either. Although our bodies can convert ALA into DHA and EPA, the process is not as efficient, so these supplements are better.

Feel offers high-potency vegan omega 3 from algae, with a high dose of DHA and EPA. Derived from an algae free from toxins and heavy metals, this brand is formulated by highly-qualified nutritionists, in sustainable packaging.

FutureKind offers carrageenan-free algae omega-3 in tiny softgels with an orange aroma, in glass bottles. Their algae is grown in fermentation tanks, free from contaminants.

groundbreaking highly-effective vegan supplements

Feel multivitamin

Feel (use code englandnaturally for 20% discount excluding bundles and existing  subscriptions) offers some of the world’s best vegan supplements, in potent formulas in sustainable packaging. Developed with leading nutritionists, these are made using groundbreaking research and cutting-edge technology to produce unique formulas available on subscription, delivered to your door. As well as being vegan, the formulas are also kosher, halal and free from GM ingredients.

Consult a doctor if pregnant/nursing, under 18 or have medical conditions or allergies, before taking supplement. And check with doctor before taking vitamin D (children and some people should not take). Keep away from children and pets.

Each supplement clearly lists the ingredients and benefits, so you can make informed decisions about your health. It’s true that a balanced plant-based diet (with a few fortified foods) should be fine. But it’s always good to have a back-up, and this is one good brand to choose.If you are a student or blue light worker (NHS, emergency services or Armed Forces), you also can benefit from discounts on orders (not bundles).

If you’re vegan, you likely are aware of the importance of having enough B12 (the greatest people at risk are actually meat-eating elderly women due to lack of absorption). This is a water-soluble vitamin that’s carefully included in a high dose in their multi-supplement, along with a optimal but safe levels of other nutrients like magnesium and vitamin K2.

The flagship multivitamin contains 32 quality ingredients for overall health (including 13 vitamins, 10 minerals, 7 phytonutrients, alpha lipoic acid and L-glutamine), with results noticeable in 90 days. Just take 2 capsules per day, for results acclaimed in over 500 clinical studies. The supplements are also free from titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, maltodextrin, glycerin, palm oil, talc, gelatin and artificial coating agents.

The company also includes beauty-beneficial nutrients like biotin, zinc and selenium, along with separate supplements designed to help skin and hair health (Keranat™ is a scientifically proven ingredient that reduces hair loss, restores the natural growth cycle and strengthens hair from root to tip). Results are noticed by most people within 2 weeks. There is evidence that this ingredients increases hair follicle growth and collagen thickness within the hair bulb, for stronger shinier hair. Most women taking this also notice a big improvement in scalp dryness after 6 weeks. The substance is derived from natural substances like millet seeds, sunflower, wheat kernels, safflower and rosemary.

The vegan collagen supplement is designed to reduce fine lines in just 28 days, with 80% of users finding a big improvement in skin elasticity, hydration (the supplement doubles collagen production in just 2 days). It contains all the amino acids needed for collagen production (with no bovine or marine collagen) and this results in a smaller Dalton size, leading to better absorption.

The other flagship supplement is for women going through the menopause. Vegans tend to have less symptoms anyway as there is not such a large drop in oestrogen (due to not drinking say dairy milk – in Japan there is no translation for hot flashes, as they are rarely experienced in a country that drinks little dairy). Having said that, this is a nice ethical alternative to HRT medicine without the risks (some brands like Premarin are made from the oestrogen-rich urine of pregnant horses that are often chained up, and their foals killed). This supplement is designed to combat night sweats, fatigue and brain fog within 90 days.

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