Supplements – Do Vegetarians Need Them?

If you are a reasonably healthy person and you eat a well-balanced, healthy diet full of whole grains, lean protein, and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, there really is no reason to take vitamin/mineral supplements.

However, most people don’t eat the way they’re supposed to all the time, even if they really want to. Modern life gets in the way – a long day at the office, breakfast and/or lunch on the run, just too tired at the end of the day to plan out and cook a meal from scratch, so it’s takeout Chinese or pizza. It happens often. A daily multivitamin supplement can certainly help bridge the gap, particularly the one available from Botanic Choice below:**

Mega Multi Vitamin™

Mega Multi Vitamin™

Mega Multi Vitamin Benefits:

  • Easy-to-swallow softgels for superior absorption
  • 23 vitamins and minerals – 15 are 100% or more of the Daily Value!
  • 100% of the Daily Value for Vitamin D
  • Plus, 13 additional unique nutrients you will rarely, if ever, find in a multivitamin

While health experts disagree on many aspects of nutrition, most agree on one thing: a daily multivitamin is a must. Multivitamins contain a host of vitamins and minerals to protect your immune system, boost energy levels, and support total health.

Not Your Ordinary Multi
But our Mega Multi Vitamin goes even further than just providing the basics. You get 100% of the daily value of 15 of the most essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, C, D, E, B-1, B-2, B-6, B-12, niacin, folic acid, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese. Plus, you get additional cholesterol and heart support with garlic oil, CoQ-10 and Soy, an energy boost with Royal Jelly, and cellular protection with RNA and DNA.

The Macro and Trace Minerals Your Body Needs
The minerals in Mega Multi Vitamin are especially important and here’s why. Minerals originate in the earth. Your body cannot produce a single one, so you must obtain them from your diet. Problem is, modern farming techniques and food production strip away many valuable minerals, leaving us deficient even if we think we’re eating right. And if you’re a vegetarian, you may be further at risk as some of the most available minerals come from meat sources.

You may recall from your grade school science that minerals fall into two categories: macro minerals and trace minerals. Macro means large. Your body needs large amounts of macro minerals which include calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and others. Trace minerals are those that your body needs in tiny amounts and include copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc among others. Although you only need trace amounts, that doesn’t mean they’re not important for your health. For example, chromium is important for blood sugar, copper and phosphorous are needed for healthy bones, and selenium is important for cardiovascular health.

Mega Multi Vitamin, the Perfect Blend
However, you don’t want to have an overabundance of any one trace mineral because some compete with each other for absorption. For example, too much zinc will decrease the absorption of iron and copper. You want something that’s balanced, and that’s where Mega Multi Vitamin can help.

Mega Multi Vitamin delivers twelve total minerals, including 100% or more of the trace minerals iodine, zinc, copper, and manganese. And it combines those minerals with the vitamins they support. For example, Vitamin C, which helps iron absorption and Vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium.

Even the Mega Multi Vitamin won’t fix a poor diet, though. A steady stream of junk/fast/convenience food and sugary soda or energy drinks will eventually destroy your health, no matter what supplement you might be taking. Yes, even a vegetarian can make a mess of nutrition. A vegetarian corn dog or burger and fries drowned in ketchup and mustard, or half of a Veggie-Lovers Pan Pizza with a 30 oz. soda (diet or otherwise) is not much healthier than its non-vegetarian counterpart. You’re still eating a lot of sodium, fat, preservatives, chemicals you can’t pronounce, and refined carbohydrates.

There are some cases where supplementation may be absolutely vital to maintaining your health:

• If you have a metabolic disorder that hinders nutrient absorption, then you probably will need to supplement – and that needs to be supervised by your doctor.

Super D3 Plus™

• If you spend lots of time indoors due to cold or rainy weather (i.e. northern states, the Pacific Northwest), and your dietary intake of vitamin D is lacking, you might need a supplement – have your doctor draw some blood to see what your level is. Vitamin D is available over the counter, but you don’t want to over-supplement, as it is a fat-soluble vitamin not quickly excreted by your body.

Click the link to the right to order an excellent Vitamin D3 Plus supplement from Botanic Choice: **

AbsorB-12 Plus™

• If you are a strict vegetarian or a vegan, studies have shown that you will eventually develop a vitamin B12 deficiency, as the only dietary source is animal products – eggs, dairy, and meat. It is recommended that all vegan children receive B12 supplementation to allow for normal growth and development.

Click the link to the right to order an excellent B12 Plus supplement from Botanic Choice: **

Over the next several weeks I will cover the vitamins and minerals in closer detail, keeping it simple and easy to understand, so that you can see just how many of the foods you consume in the vegetarian diet contain the essential vitamins and minerals you need.

Knowledge is power! Stay tuned.

Fat-Soluble Vitamins in the Vegetarian Diet
Water-Soluble Vitamins in the Vegetarian Diet
Major Minerals in the Vegetarian Diet
Trace Minerals in the Vegetarian Diet

** Vegetarian Kitchen is a paid affiliate of Botanic Choice.