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i am slowly transitioning into veganism. the only things i've dropped so far are eggs and major milk products, but i'm not sure what to do about supplements. my doctor (western medicne *sigh*) insists that i take a multi vitamin every day to stay healthy. i don't feel weak, and i don't think it's nesicary. but my parents (a lacto ova and an omni) think i'll shrivel up and die without one. i my humble opinion, people rejected animal products before they invented vitamins in tablet form without dropping dead, so i really don't see the need.<br><br>
another major concern is how they process whatever it is in the vitamins to get it into capsules. the ingreedient lable is full of thing that i have never heard of in my life, and before i injest any of them, i wanted a second opinion.
 

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There are a few vegan multi-vitamins available. I don't know where you live, but in the US there check out<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.vegangoods.com" target="_blank">www.vegangoods.com</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veganstore.com" target="_blank">www.veganstore.com</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veganessentials.com" target="_blank">www.veganessentials.com</a><br><br><br><br>
They all have vegan vitamins, we just get the Freeda children's chewables, we each take 1/day (the adult dose is 2, but we eat well, so I don't think 2 are neccesary).
 

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taking a multivitamin is a good precaution, and there's no harm in taking them. there are vegan versions, and it does help to make sure you're getting everythinig that you need.<br><br><br><br>
if you have an excess of some vitamin or mineral in you, you'll be able to sweat it out. if you don't, then your body will use it. So, i wuldn't worry about it--and i would take it.<br><br><br><br>
if, over time, you decide you don't want to take it (after your parents really dont' have a say), then stop taking it. But, see howyou feel without it. get your bloodwork done regularly to make sure that you're ok on that end too.<br><br><br><br>
otherwise, good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Vitamions are relatively safe to take. Don´t take high doses because they might reduce the absorption of others, e.g. a high dose of vit. C inhibits B12 absorption, which is essential for vegans as vegetables normally do not contain B12. Fat soluble vitamin, as vit. A, D, E and K might accumulate. You don´t have to take vit. A as pre-vitamin A (carotinoids) are abundand in vegetables. If you see the sun regularely you would´t need to substitute vit. D.
 

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I used to have the same opinion as you.<br><br><br><br>
Now I take a lot of different supplements given the toxins we ingest out of our air etc. I really do believe in them now.<br><br><br><br>
Perhaps I'm turning into one of those granola dorks, but I really don't think so. I see benefits when I take them. I have researched quite a bit and take a multivitamin along with some other things tailored to my needs. Such as: an eye supplement (macular degeneration runs in my family, this supplement is chockful of things that aid in retina health), Ultimate Oil (supplement to give me the needed oils like flax, etc.), B complex (need B12 as a vegan, all the Bs are good for you), Emergen-C for added calcium and potassium, Kelp for micronutrients, and CoQ10 for circulation and vein health.<br><br><br><br>
If its all unecessary, no harm done. But I have noticed an overall improvement in my ability to recover after strenuous exercise. My body feels more efficient.<br><br><br><br>
Also, my dad didnt believe in multivitamins either. But my grandma sent him some and when he took them regularly, he seemed to never get colds anymore. Now he's a big fan.<br><br><br><br>
Hope this helps!<br><br>
XOXO<br><br>
Beth
 

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There was a recent study done that I read about synthetic vitamins being very unsafe especially ones such as iron, vitamin E and Vitamin A. I think this was the case for only high doses of these but I'm not sure.<br><br>
I'd say just be careful and take the recommended doses but what they consider safe doses now in the future they could actually consider those to be unsafe and detrimental to health.<br><br>
My advice is to be aware of the vitamins you need and try to obtain them from food. B12 should be taken in synethetic form but that's about it IMO.
 

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thanks for the help. i was wondering, what are in most vitamins that make them nonvegan? i read the label on the back of a general supplement, and it just seemed to contain different vitamins and minerals. i also noticed that my soymilk has B12, but i'm not sure that it would be considered a significant amount.
 

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I do know that some Jamieson vitamins are suitable for vegans.<br><br><br><br>
All of their B12 products with the exception of the 250mcg product are suitable for vegan diets.<br><br><br><br>
And, they don't test on animals <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.jamiesonvitamins.com/" target="_blank">http://www.jamiesonvitamins.com/</a>
 

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I used to be the same - what do I need supplements for? But I started taking them a few weeks ago and OMG I can get out of bed on time now. I used to just rolld over and sleep in until 7:00 or sometimes<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> 8:00. ]Considering I start at 8:30 and the train takes 1 hour that's bad] Now I get out at 6am on the dot. And I don't ache after going to the gym or even walking to work.
 

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We are supplementing with Seasilver exclusively which gives you everything you need, it is made from aloe vera, sea vegetables, pau d'arco and cranberry, it is a liquid which tastes good. If you want the full listing of what vitamins, minerals, amino acids & enzymes that are in it, I can email that to you. It definitely does not contain any animal products. The reason we chose this is because we learned that most pills only absorb about 10%, and this product absorbs about 95-98% which is much better odds that we are actually getting the nutrients from using it.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by xenonesia</i><br><br><b>i was wondering, what are in most vitamins that make them nonvegan?</b></div>
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usually, it's gelatin.
 

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<a href="http://www.freedavitamins.com/" target="_blank">http://www.freedavitamins.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
totally vegan vitamins, minerals, supplements, etc.
 

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I have diabetic neuropathy, and I am turning to veganism to continue dealing with the diabetes and the neuropathy.<br><br><br><br>
Part of my study of nerve health has shown the importance of B12...and there is a HUGE difference in the form you take.<br><br><br><br>
The most common available is cyanocobalamin, which the body metabolizes into a usable form called methylcobalamin. Some folks have or can develop a amalpsorption problem in which it becomes nearly impossible to deal with the cyanocobalamin in particular. For everyone, then, the methylcobalamin is a MUCH better idea to begin with...and if you have a B12 metabolism problem you'll need a great deal of it.<br><br><br><br>
Normal blood testing by the doctors may not adequately detect a B12 malabsorption problem, since serum levels may seem fine but you may still not get all you need.<br><br><br><br>
However, if you do not suffer from neurological problems (and I hope you never do!) it is still best and far more effective to supplement with the methylcobalamin form of B12.<br><br><br><br>
David
 
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