I’m vegan, do I need to take supplements? OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
Ask Dr Libby
Q: I turned vegan three months ago and I’m really enjoying it but should I be worried about nutritional deficiencies? Should I be taking any supplements? – Belinda A: If you eat a vegan diet, you need to ensure you obtain optimal levels of specific nutrients that can be too low when you eat this way. With any particular diet or way of eating, it is the food choices that are made within the context of that diet that will determine whether it is nutritionally adequate, not the label.
The nutrients that you need to be particularly mindful of as a vegan include vitamin B12, iron (particularly for menstruating women), zinc, calcium and omega3 fatty acids. vitamin B12 stores will generally last a couple of years, however a deficiency can cause irreversible damage so it’s vital that you don’t let yourself get depleted.