The short answer is: No, but… – you need one supplement which is B12 and ALL other nutrients you can get out of your food. As a matter of fact, eating plants is the most balanced way to eat as they contain all macronutrients (fat, protein and carbs) and all micronutrients (vitamins, minerals etc) that your body needs to function well. Most of these cannot even be found in animal products – this is especially true for fiber, vitamins and minerals. Protein and fat can be found abundantly in animal products but they are linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, heart problems as well as overall inflammation and of course, weight gain. Sticking with plants is not only OK it’s actually the BEST way to feed your body and all it’s cells. Just follow the rainbow strategy and eat veggies and fruit of all colors and shapes.
Now, back to B12. You might ask, what actually is B12? Its main function is to support and manage your nervous system and also help divide your red blood cells. If you have a deficiency, which happens to a lot of non vegans, you can damage your nervous system and it can lead to severe fatigue, memory loss as well as tingling in hands and feet; and in some cases even dementia and deafness. Now, before you freak out, take a deep breath and read on. B12 is actually stored in our body for a really long time to make sure that we don’t run out. We recommend for you to get your levels checked once a year and to take a supplement so that storage never runs out. 1000 micrograms twice a week will usually do the job but to make sure you get the right amount, talk to your doctor.
Fun fact: B12 is mainly found in animal products but also in our soil. We used to get way more from it centuries ago when our fruit and veggies were not as clean and rubbed down as today.
Jenné & Isabelle
We're both passionate vegan foodies with backgrounds in nutrition. We decided to bridge our skills to create Buddhalicious; a program that guides members to find balance, excitement, and flavor on their plates, and in their lives.