that you should always consult with your doctor.
So, what do I take you ask? Well, I take a prenatal vitamin (because my husband and I are looking to conceive soon), a vitamin B-12 supplement, a vitamin D supplement, a DHA-EPA (omega 3) supplement, and occasionally a digestive enzyme supplement.
Before I was vegan I would normally take a prenatal, a vitamin B supplement, and fish oil. The only ones that I added were the vitamin D and the digestive enzymes. Although, I probably would have taken those earlier if I would have known about them. They help to break down food so that your body can absorb it better. So when you're eating large or complex meals it's a good idea to take these before the meal. I don't take these with every meal. Primarily, I take them if I'm eating late at night or if I'm having a large meal.
Now that I have been transitioning into veganism and I'm almost at full-swing, I have transitioned mostly all of my
vitamins to vegan vitamins!
and it's on its way! I decided to go with Deva because I believe they use high quality ingredients and they're affordable. I was taking the Wellness Resources prenatal but I didn't like that I had to take 4 pills per day versus the one pill per day that Deva offers. Also, the DHA-EPA supplement is a recommended dose of 1-2 pill per day versus the 3-6 pills per day that I used to take of fish oil. I also wanted to emphasize that I believe it is important for vegans to take a vitamin D supplement because there is not a plant source that we can consume to fill this void. Unfortunately, vitamin D is an animal source. However, we do synthesize vitamin D from the sun but not all of us are able to get enough time in the sun to synthesize enough vitamin D.
It all comes down to what you feel is right for your body
and what you can afford. As always, it is important to consult with your doctor.