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i don't know much about vitamins, i don't take any, but i was thinking about starting, as perhaps i'd feel better overall and be healthier? anyways i'm vegan, i eat alot of pasta and beans not too many vegetables but some, i drink a lot of apple juice, which vitamins should i take? i've heard many times that vegans are typically lacking in b12, but the only b12 tablets i've found were not vegan, anyone know where i can find some that are/if i really need it? (i've heard that you get all the b12 you need from being out in the sun for like 5 minutes a day)
 

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No, that's vitamin D that comes from the sun. try <a href="http://www.pangeaveg.com/cgi-bin/miva?Merchant2/merchant.mv+Screen=PROD&Store_Code=Pangea&Product_Code=644&Category_Code=firstaid" target="_blank">here</a>.
 

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try drinking some soy milk that is fortified with vitamin b12. a glass or two a day is fine. i eat cereal with soy milk for breakfast and then have the occasional glass of soy milk for dinner.<br><br><br><br>
that's really the only vitamin supplement that you <i>need</i> to take..
 

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You can get some vegan vitamins from pangea at <a href="http://www.veganstore.com/" target="_blank">http://www.veganstore.com/</a> they are huge horse pills but they have everything you need.
 

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Look for Red Star Nutritional Yeast, to mix in with your apple juice. Actually, you can get it right at the site Critter linked. It's rich in B vitamins and some others. It also gives a good dose of protein & fiber. You only need to mix in a teaspoon or two.
 

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Hm... That site claims to be selling pills with 1MG of B12 in them...<br><br>
And they are vegan.. How amazing..<br><br>
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1: I've read that our bodies are not capable of making use of non-animal B12, which are inactive.<br><br>
2: 1MG.. Is an awful lot. I've been ordered to have injections of B12, which I doubt is suitable for veg*ans, with 1MG. I needed a recept to pick those up at the pharmacy. Most vitamin-supplement pills contain 1McG, which is 1/1000 of 1MG.
 

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Also get a multi-vitamin.<br><br><br><br>
I take B12, a multi (which I haven't taken in a few months), and DHA (Docosahexanoic Acid) supplement for my Omega-3.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know if DHA is a necessary, however I would take at least the B12 and multi vitamin. I get my multi-vitamin and DHA from Pangea and the B12 from my local health store. I think VeganEssitenals.com have cheaper vitamins than Pangea.
 

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There is no reason to worry of getting to much B12. B vitamins are water-soluble(dissolves in water) and are not stored in body tissue. If you get to much B12, as with any B vitamin, your body will get rid of it in urination. Vitamin C is also water-soluble.<br><br><br><br>
My doctor recommends me to get injections of B12, but I refuse. I just been taking the supplements for the past two, almost three years, and my B12 level are always fine. It appears the non-animal sources work fine for me.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Martin</i><br><br><b>Hm... That site claims to be selling pills with 1MG of B12 in them...<br><br>
And they are vegan.. How amazing..<br><br>
Two things...<br><br>
1: I've read that our bodies are not capable of making use of non-animal B12, which are inactive.<br><br>
2: 1MG.. Is an awful lot. I've been ordered to have injections of B12, which I doubt is suitable for veg*ans, with 1MG. I needed a recept to pick those up at the pharmacy. Most vitamin-supplement pills contain 1McG, which is 1/1000 of 1MG.</b></div>
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i take a prenatal vitamin that is labeled as vegetarian...i have wondered for a long time about vitamin absorption...i saw the claim made once before that oral vitamins do not absorb or the body cannot use them as they would animal-found vitamins...is this true?
 

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My favorite vegan supplements haven't been mentioned. All-One Rice base is a powder that you mix with juice everyday and drink. Personally, I like this form of vitamin because I hate taking pills. Joanne Stepaniak, author of many famous vegan cookbooks, is a big promoter of All One Rice base and that's how I got hooked. I buy them online from <a href="http://www.vitaglo.com/all1.html" target="_blank">http://www.vitaglo.com/all1.html</a> Check out the link if you hate taking standard vitamins like me and I believe I mentioned that they are indeed vegan.<br><br><br><br>
Mark<br><br><br><br>
P.S. If you decide to buy them go to your local health store and get a shaker for mixing drinks/powders. You'll need it. Also, if you're wondering about the taste- it makes orange juice taste more or less like a orange frosty or something like that.
 

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do you eat any fruit? Well I think you need Vitamin C and Calcium(unless your getting enough) and Vitamin A but I think your lacking more minerals.
 

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Old post, but.. aes2, if you're still around, and everyone else. This is an interesting article on B12: <a href="http://www.vegan-straight-edge.org.uk/b12.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vegan-straight-edge.org.uk/b12.htm</a>
 

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Solgar sells B12 "suitable for Vegans"<br><br>
These are sold "everywhere"<br><br><br><br>
There are not much multi's for vegans, because the vitamin D is mostly from animal source.<br><br><br><br>
Vegan ones say : Vitamin D as ergocalciferol. (that D2)
 

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<div class="quote-block">I think your lacking more minerals. [/B]</div>
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I agree...if it's vegetables you're not eating then you definately are in more need of minerals as opposed to vitamins. However, if you're not eating fruits and nuts, and certain grains then you also need to worry about vitamins.
 
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