A vegan diet can provide almost all the essential nutrients the Body requires in sufficient quantities, if regularly consumed within certain fortified foods. Unfortunately, whether vegan or not, modern day lifestyles and the way we grow, produce and consume foods has changed, making it more difficult to guarantee a vegan can obtain all they need from a plant-based diet alone.
It is recommended that vegans should supplement with the vitamins B12 & D, as well as Iodine. Vitamin B12 helps produce red blood cells and it is important for the nervous system, while Vitamin D is required for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Iodine is necessary for thyroid function and helps to regulate Energy use within the body. Seaweed is always a good source of iodine but certain types, such as kelp for example, absorb far more than others and may provide too much of it. With this in mind, kelp supplementation should be used with caution.