I am a Vegan, what supplements should I take?

I am a Vegan, what supplements should I take? Vegan Vegetarian Diet Healthy Living Nutrients

Q: I am a 16 year old vegan. Should I be taking any vitamins other than B12 which I already take? –Carolyn

A: While vitamin B12 is the most important supplement for vegans, keep an eye on your iron levels as well. There are many plant-based sources of iron – beans, beets, dried fruit, and steamed greens (like spinach). A vegan multi-vitamin will provide any additional nutrients that may not be available from your diet. Signs that adequate nutrients are being provided are high energy and a strong immune system. If you find that you’re often fatigued and have frequent colds or illness, have your health care practitioner (doctor, nutritionist or naturopathic doctor) test your nutrient levels.

By Lisa Tsakos| February 19, 2010
Categories:  Eat

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Lisa Tsakos

Lisa Tsakos

Lisa has been in her own practice for over 15 years and specializes in weight management. She teaches natural nutrition in both corporate and educational environments and is a shining example of someone who practices what she teaches.

Lisa is a nutritionist and educator specializing in weight management. After losing weight several years ago through a more natural diet and by improving her digestion, she committed to sharing her new-found knowledge and returned to school to study nutrition. Over the past decade, her Nu-Vitality Weight Program has helped employees at numerous corporations lose thousands of pounds. In addition, Lisa regularly consults for groups and individuals with unique nutritional needs such as police officers and athletes. Lisa has been featured on the Discovery Channel, numerous radio programs and is a contributor to various publications. Additionally, she teaches nutrition at multiple post-secondary schools, has taught natural food cooking workshops, and authored two books.

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