To supplement or not to supplement..
Taking supplements is something I used to refuse.
Like many other people. Especially many wholefood vegans.
Maybe that’s the case for you, but here you are reading about why I did choose to take supplements! 🙂
Or maybe you want to know what supplements I take and if I notice any positive effects.
In this post I’ll cover aaall of that!
1. Flinndal sublingual B12 tablets
B12 is the first vitamin vegans get recommended to supplement on.
Because it’s said that B12 is found in animal products.
Why that’s actually not true? Please read the first part of this article I wrote on B12:
B12 used to be found in soil and this soil was on the vegetables we ate.
Now we have to wash our vegetables very well because of the many pesticides used.
Sooo bye bye B12!
I used to get B12 injections (when I was still a meat eater) because of a deficiency, now I use sublingual tablets.
When taking B12 sublingual it’s fully absorbed into the bloodstream. It doesn’t have to go through the stomach where it might be destroyed before entering the small intestine where it would get absorbed!
I really feel it when I’m low on B12. My balance is off, feeling sluggish, can’t focus or remember things well and some other symptoms.
These are the tablets I take and I’m loving them! I have 1 to 2 every week:
2. Flinndal vitamin D tablets
This incredible vitamin is SO essential for our overall well being!
And it’s so easy to end up with a deficiency..
Vitamin D is made in our body under influence of enough sunlight.
Living in the Netherlands+spending most of my time inside is not very beneficial for my vitamin D levels.
More than half of the dutch residents their vitamin D levels are too low!
Waaay back in time us humans were outside way more, now a days most of the jobs are inside+the things that get our attention like television and what not..
So after doing my research on this(because I was experiencing very bad winter depressions) I decided to supplement on vitamin D, everyday. Summer and winter, BUT.. not while traveling.
When traveling I’m spending most of my time outside and so far all the country’s I’ve visited are very sunny.
Supplementing on vitamin D definitely increased my energy levels and.. I hardly ever get sick.
Make sure to take your tablet after a meal since vitamin D needs a little bit of fat to be absorbed.
This is the brand I use (yes again Flinndal, but I promise this is not sponsored haha)
3. Arctic blue Omega-3 capsules
Omega-3 is such a powerful vitamin, especially for our brain health!
That’s why I choose to supplement on omega-3.
I would easily be able to get enough from flax seed, chia seed, other seeds, nuts and so on, but that’s harder while traveling.
And it’s also about that little bit of extra health for me..
A while ago my hair started falling out like crazy and I feel like this supplement definitely helped with fixing this.
The capsules I take are from the brand Arctic Blue and I’ve been loving them.
They don’t have any taste, unlike capsules made with fish oil..
So here you have it, these 3 vitamins are the ones I take everyday!
When on my period I like to supplement on iron, but it totally depends on the blood flow and how I’m feeling.
Most of the time I just focus on iron rich foods and combining my food well so the iron from the food gets absorbed well.
I hope this is somehow helpful for you when it comes to making up your mind about supplementing or choosing which kinds of vitamins or brands to buy!