Vitbox - Plant Based Diet Support
Plant Based Support
Plant Based Support contains 8 vital nutrients missing from a typical vegan or vegetarian diet.
Did you know fish obtain their omega 3 from algae? So does Vitbox. Omega 3 exists in 3 forms, EPA, DHA and ALA. Only ALA can be obtained from a plant based diet, and is converted EPA/DHA for its main uses. A vegan diet would need to include a lot of seeds to get significant quantities of ALA. This is why we chose to include our agal omega 3 DHA/EPA oil in this product. To read more, see our article on omegas.
Vitamin B12 is produced by microorganisms found in soil, which is eaten by animals when they graze on plants. The microorganisms colonise the gut of these animals and continue to produce B12 for the animal. So, we can get B12 from eating these animal products. Obviously this doesn't work for those following a plant based diet, so we've added B12 to our Plant Based Support supplement. To read more, see our article on vitamin B12.
Vitamin A is found as 2 forms, retinoids and carotenoids. Retinoids are active, and carotenoids have to be converted into active vitamin A to be used by the body. Retinoids are only found in animal products, and research has shown that plant based diets may not include enough vitamin A. So therefore, we chose to include Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate), in our
Plant Based Support supplement.
To read more, see our article on vitamin A.
Vitamin D is hard to find in a vegan diet. Mushrooms grown under UV light are one of the only common natural vegan sources, otherwise, it's fortified foods. It is suggested that all UK residents take a small vitamin D supplement, so we chose to include it in our Plant Based Support. To read more, see our article on vitamin D.
Iodine is mainly used to make the hormones secreted by the thyroid gland, which are needed by every cell in your body. Interestingly, famers found supplementing dairy cow diets with iodine increase their milk yield. This trend meant the general population had an increase in iodine in their diets, which largely reduced the number of thyroid related illnesses, showing the importance of iodine in the diet. Therefore, it is important to include iodine as a supplement to a vegan/dairy free diet.
Calcium can be difficult to obtain from a vegan diet without eating lots of fortified foods. Calcium is important for many functions in the body, from roles in the nervous system to keeping bones and teeth strong and healthy.
Zinc is another nutrient that's more rare in the plant based world. Its main source is meat and seafood, but legumes, seeds, nuts and whole grains are a good vegan source. We thought it would be important to include due to it being so essential in the diet and having many functions in the body such as cell division, cell growth, wound healing and in the immune system.
Iron is vitally important in the diet, it allows for the transport of oxygen round the body. Its mainly sourced through animal products, so we chose to include it in our Plant Based Support supplement.