Essential vegan vitamin supplements
EDIT: Can't post links so just google the product names instead.
Hey guys, I'm vegan for 4 years soon but I got lazy and this got unhealthy, mainly mental problems (losing interest in everything including life) and I've started to research neurology, after a few weeks I realized that it's easier to fix my diet first instead of scanning my brain and blaming it on genes so.
Main vitamins everyone needs, D, B12 and current research shows DHA supplements are very good but I'm not sold just yet that you must take supplements and can't fix it with daily flax+chia seeds.
I'm from eastern europe, buying anything from outside the EU has a 25% customs tax and about a 20-30$ shipping fee (1$ product, 30$ shipping, 31*1.25= 38.75$ is what I pay + losing about 5-10% on US to local currency exchange automatically at purchase) so bear this in mind.
B12: 4 years ago I started taking google-> jarrow-formulas-inc-methyl-b-12-methylcobalamin-5000-mcg-60-lozenges
Got a big supply of supplements from the US, honestly I didn't feel anything after I took this so after 6-9months I started forgetting about it, in the end I had 2 full bottles expired. Afterwards, I ordered this google-> now-foods-b-12-instant-energy-75-pkts. I still have like one and a half box of this, bought it about 10months ago but I kept it in my room and sadly in the summer it gets very hot, sometimes reaching even 40C or more, 104F+ so I'm not really sure if it's still useful. At first, everyone was going on about how good methylcobalamin is, current research shows that cyanocobalamin is the way to go unless your body can't convert it. This instant energy supplement has cyanocobalamin in it, but it doesn't say how much, says 2000mcg combined across 3 types of B12.
In Europe B12 supplements are very rare, in my country you can't find anything that is not a multivitamin with little to no B12, here's what I found in UK.
google -> bulkpowders vitamin-b12-tablets-1000-mcg
Also this site has kale powder which I'm gonna order (there is no kale in my country).
One other site I found google-> holland-barrett-timed-release-vitamin-b12-tablets-1000ug but I don't like these "timed release" marketing hokums, (most of them are hokum). So it's either the cheaper UK 1000mcg cyano 3times a week or the american triple blend (I guess it's mostly methyl, that's what I'm afraid of, since methyl has to be used in big quantities, 1500mcg and above). I'd go with the UK 1000mcg.
Vitamin D. 4years ago I ordered google-> swansonvitamins deva-vegan-vitamin-d-800-iu-90-tabs back then it was kinda the only vegan D vitamin but now I see a lot of research showing how D2 is useless and could even be damaging. Then I found out D3 is not from animals only anymore, for example this google-> vegetology vitashine-2500iu-tablets
It has a pretty good price, 2500iu very big dose, there's an 1000iu version for the same price. Not sure if taking 2500iu pills once in 3 days or taking 1000iu daily is better. For budget it's 2500iu obviously but I read that there are people who get seriously sick from D3 overdose. I'd like opinions about this.
Here are the US options google-> swansonvitamins[dot]com/vegan?kw=vitamin+d3 and honestly I don't like those any more than the EU one. All of the US ones have 2500 and above, they aren't any cheaper so I'm leaning towards the EU product I just don't know if it's any good or not, can't seem to find any reviews.
My only problem is that in order to buy from US, I need to buy supplements for at least like 150-200$ and I'm not gonna buy multivitamins again, I wasted so much money on those in the past 4 years and I know they are at best useless so I'm gonna focus only on the things we need.
Lastly, take a look at this and tell me what you guys think ? google-> vegetology opti3
I know DHA research shows very positive results for using supplements but I believe if daily flax&chia is used then we should have enough of DHA, did anyone calculate this ? I'm looking DHA for a few reasons. I'm experiencing declining mental functions (I'm 29, could be because of constant sadness, loneliness, loss of interest for 5years+) but also my dad (54) is starting to forget things and the research that I read showed DHA can slow brain shrinkage, dementia and alzheimers. I'm gonna put the whole family to a vegan diet (mom 49, takes xanax).
Thanks for reading this wall of text guys and I hope not having links is not too annoying, don't know how many posts I need to be able to link, can't find it in the rules.