Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Wow, so here is a reason to track your nutrients... I started tracking Iron and Calcium and B12, and a few others. I guess I knew about the B12 but the others were a shock.
If you are Vegan you should be taking a multi-vitamin. Our foods do not have nearly enough Calcium or Iron and of course we all know about the B12 which is only found in animal products.
I mean I knew I needed to supplement some things, but wow was I surprised to see how far off of the mark I am on IRON and B's!!!
I think this is the reason for my random bruising and my headaches.
I started today on a new multi-vitamin. But word to the newbies out there... Vitamins are rarely vegan. You will have to go to a health store to find them look for these 3 things. Synergy--make sure they work together. Non-GMO-probably don't need to explain that one. Last but not least look for the plant based sources to be listed. They ensure that you are not buying a synthetic supplement.
Quality really matters with supplements. I used to work at GNC many years ago... I am not a doctor, but I have tried it both ways. It matters! You will need to spend about $30+/- per month on vitamins. I know it is a lot, but it is well worth it.
I used to take a multi B and a Calcium supplement. But it just wasn't even close to enough for me.
Don't think they are necessary? Track it... check your self!