I’m on a bit of a vitamin trip at the moment, this is only because I have been changing up my supplements and I am really feeling the change.
Anywhoo, Vitamin D3… a much-needed vitamin for everyone vegan, vegetarian and Omni alike. When you are vegan/plant based, apart from the usual ‘where do you get your protein and calcium from’ (the lines Omni’s trot out on a regular basis when questioning vegans about their essential foods intake), is where do you get your vitamin D from. Well, I have done a bit of mooching in my nutrition books and on the internet and found a couple of facts for you that may change your mind about whether you should increase your vitamin D intake especially vitamin D3.
What is vitamin D3?
Vitamin D3 is part of the vitamin D family, usually derived from the sun, however, we no longer spend long hours outside working on the land and so we have to look at food and supplements to get our daily intake of vitamin D3.
What is vitamin D3 good for?
Vitamin D3 is linked to bone strength, muscle strength and deficiencies in vitamin D3 have been linked to depression and cancer. It has also been linked to Alzheimers, Asthma, Diabetes and certain autoimmune diseases. So taking vitamin D3 is needed for you physical and mental health.
So where can you get vitamin D3 from?
Well if you eat meat – salmon, perch and trout are sources for you. However! if you are vegan/plant based the foods you need to be eating regularly are
- Fortifies soy milk and almond milk
- Sunlight (get your arse outside)
- Plant-derived supplements
- Collard (spring) greens
- White beans
So why not take a little look at your vitamin health. Are you taking in the sun on a regular basis? eating the foods that are full of vitamin D3 or fortified with vitamin D3. Are you taking supplements, or do you need to review your vitamin intake?
Need more advice…go to your doctor, nutritionist, diet adviser for more help.