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The Best Vegan Vitamins To Support Your Natural Health

If you are looking for the best vegan vitamins to support your health, then I’ve got your back. From the best vegan-friendly multivitamins that work. All the way through to vegan vitamin B12, vitamin D, omega 3 oil, and folic acid. Look out for plastic-free and zero-waste packaging on many of these brands.

Eating a balanced diet, with a healthy mix of fruit and vegetables and other important nutrients, is undoubtedly the best way to get all the vitamins and minerals you need.

A vegan diet can indeed be very healthy. However, your diet won’t automatically be healthier if you cut out meat and dairy. Like everyone, vegans need to make sure they:

  • eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.
  • incorporate starchy carbohydrate, such as potatoes, bread, rice, or pasta.
  • add dairy alternatives, such as soya drinks and yoghurts.
  • eat some beans, pulses, and other proteins.
  • and choosing unsaturated oils and spreads, and eat them in small amounts.

Vegans particularly need to ensure they get enough calcium, iron, and vitamin B12 in their diet. However, sometimes we may need a bit of extra support. If you do need that bit of support getting the vitamins that you need as a vegan, then you may need to think about supplements. Your doctor will be able to advise you if you need to add supplements to your diet, and what those supplements should be.

Thankfully, it isn’t hard to find vegan supplements that help support your health without compromising your vegan ethics and values.

The Best Vegan Friendly Vitamins In 2022

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I’ve rounded up some of my favourite vegan vitamins, covering a range of different deficiencies and concerns. And eco-friendly credentials are also important. Therefore, I’ve specifically looked for the brands that give back, or have considered their packaging. From the vitamins that come in glass jars with metal lids. To the vitamins that come in cardboard packing. To those that come in recycled ocean plastic containers or slimline packaging.

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Vegan Multivitamins

Vegums vegan multivitamins in cardboard container

For a good general vegan multi-vitamin that’s both plastic-free and zero-waste, then look no further than Vegums.

Their A to Z Vegan Multivitamin is a balanced multivitamin that gives you a blend of 10 vitamins and minerals. This includes B12 to support your metabolism and create healthy red blood cells, zinc to assist growth and development, and vitamin K to regulate bone metabolism and blood calcium levels.  These vitamins can help to help to fill in any nutritional gaps in your vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian regime.  

Created with all-natural colours and flavours, this sugar-free multivitamin comes in a delicious, tangy raspberry flavour that will appeal to adults and children alike.

As well as being sugar-free, you won’t find any palm oil or gluten either. What’s more, all Vegums products are certified vegan by The Vegan Society. As such, they only use only plant-derived ingredients, gelling agents, and colourings.

To take, simply chew two raspberry flavoured gummies each day with your main meal. Children aged 3 to 12 should chew one per day, again, with their main meal.

Buy Vegums A to Z Vegan Multivitamins from Planet Organic for £29.95* for 120 gummies.

Vegan Vitamin D

BetterYou vegan vitamin D daily oral spray

Vitamin D helps support a normal immune system, aids normal muscle function, and helps maintain normal bones and teeth. There may also be a link between vitamin D deficiency and depression and seasonal affective disorder.

If you need to supplement with vitamin D, then BetterYou’s D1000 Vegan Vitamin D oral spray is a convenient way to maintain your vitamin D levels without having to swallow any pills. Simply spray the peppermint flavoured solution in your mouth once each day – either underneath the tongue or on the inside of your cheek – for best absorption.

Conveniently, BetterYou’s Vegan Vitamin D spray does not have to be refrigerated or be taken with food or at a set time of day. You simply just have to find a time that fits best with your daily routine. I keep mine in my bathroom cabinet and take it after I have cleaned my teeth in the morning.

The 15ml bottle looks small, but it delivers 100 doses – giving you 25μg (1000 IU) of vitamin D per daily serving.

Whilst the bottle is made of plastic, it is made from recycled ocean plastic for a lower carbon footprint.

Buy BetterYou’s Vegan Vitamin D Spray from TheVeganKind for £10*.

Vegan Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep your body’s blood and nerve cells healthy. Maintaining adequate vitamin B12 levels also helps prevent anemia. This is a blood condition that can make people particularly tired and lethargic.

Maintaining adequate vitamin B12 levels can be hard as a vegan. In vegan diets, vitamin B12 is only found in foods fortified with vitamin B12. This includes some fortified plant-based milks, some soy products, and some breakfast cereals. Therefore, some vegans may find they need to supplement with vitamin B12 tablets.

If you find you need a vitamin B12 supplement, then for vegan vitamin B12 try Wild Nutrition.

Wild Nutrition Food Grown Vitamin B12 Plus has been expertly formulated to support the normal function of the immune system. It also helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. Each vegan capsule contains 500mcg of vitamin B12 and 100mg of organic beetroot powder. You might be wondering why beetroot? Well, beetroot also helps support your cardiovascular and blood health.

Conveniently, these vitamins come in a plastic-free jar, with a recyclable metal lid.

Buy Wild Nutrition’s Vegan Vitamin B12 from Naturisimo* or directly from Wild Nutrition* for £13.50 for 30 capsules.

Folic Acid

Solgar vegan folic acid

For people trying to conceive, or who are up to 12 weeks pregnant, then taking folic acid is recommended by many health professionals. This is because folic acid is known for supporting healthy maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.

Folic acid is found naturally in some foods, such as green leafy vegetables. Meanwhile, in 2021, the UK Government announced that it will introduce the mandatory fortification of non-wholemeal wheat flour with folic acid. That being said, it can still be hard to consume adequate levels of folic acid whilst you are trying to conceive or are in early pregnancy without a supplement.

Solgar’s vegan folic acid ensures you meet your daily nutritional needs during this time when your body is working extra hard. Simply take one tablet a day for all your folic acid needs. What’s more, it comes in an amber glass jar with a metal lid for easy plastic-free recycling.

Buy Solgar Folic Acid from Cult Beauty for £5.99* for 100 tablets.

Vegan Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Healthy Yet omega 3

In a vegan diet, Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in flaxseed (linseed) oil, rapeseed oil, soya oil, and soya-based foods, such as tofu and walnuts.

If you are struggling to incorporate those into your diet, then you may want to supplement with Omega-3 oil. Whilst Omega-3 oil is traditionally derived from fish, vegan versions are derived from algae. This means you can bypass the fish completely.

Healthy Yeti’s fish-free Omega-3 soft gel capsules, for example, are completely made in the UK and are packed full of vegan Omega-3 extracted and purified from plant-based algae that are grown in purified water. These provide 250mg DHA, as well 6.25mg of EHA (the main components of Omega-3) per daily dose. This can help to maintain healthy eyes, skin, heart, and brain.

What’s more, 1% of each purchase goes to preserving the UK’s marine ecosystems. The money helps restore native oyster reefs along the coast to ensure a healthy ecosystem of oysters, algae, and clean water. Healthy Yeti works with a grassroots charity so you know your money is supporting those on the frontlines of preservation efforts.

Healthy Yeti also sell a range of other vegan supplements, including supplements to help you sleep**, and apple cider vinegar gummies**.

All of Healthy Yeti’s supplements come in lightweight pouches which greatly reduces the use of plastics and energy expended during transportation. for low-impact vegan supplements.

To take, take one to two soft gels per day, with water, and with a meal. Children can take one soft gel.

Buy Healthy Yeti’s Fish-Free Omega-3 directly from Healthy Yeti, for £23.99** for 60 soft gels.

Vegan Calcium Supplements

Viridian vegan calcium with added vitamin D in an amber glass jar

If you need to supplement with calcium then Viridian’s vegan High Potency Calcium & Vitamin D is a good one to look at. Offering a combination of 400mg of calcium in three active forms, alongside 200IU vegan vitamin D3 that’s derived from lichen, it makes a great vegan choice.

As well as being vegan, these vitamins are also free from gluten, wheat, lactose, added sugar, salt, yeast, preservatives, and artificial colourings.  The vitamins are also cruelty-free, and not tested on animals.

What’s to additionally love about Viridian is that a percentage of their profits to go children’s and environmental charities. So far, the Viridian Nutrition Charity Donation programme has donated £390,000+ to charities. These include Friends of the Earth, NSPCC, Woodland Trust, UNICEF, The Princes Trust, RSPB, Terrence Higgins Trust, Shelter, Save the Children, and more.

What’s more, Viridian uses minimum packaging for their products. This packaging is made from recycled or recyclable materials – from glass vitamin bottles to recycled cardboard shipping boxes. Viridian also operate their own deposit return scheme, offering a 25p refund for when glass vitamin bottles are returned.

Buy Viridian’s High-Potency Calcium and Vitamin D3 Capsules from Naturisimo for £26.90* for 60 capsules.

What About Iron Supplements?

Many vegans can get all the iron they need from their diet, or by supplementing their diet with a general multivitamin.

As someone who developed pregnancy-related anemia in my two pregnancies, and had to take iron supplements both times, I would say only supplement with additional iron if you are recommended to by your doctor. I did not find iron supplements a pleasant experience – they can have some disagreeable side effects.

If you develop signs of anemia, it’s first best to book an appointment with your GP to get your blood tested.

You can also try boosting your diet with iron-rich foods, such as dark green leafy vegetables, peas, beans, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. Iron-fortified foods, such as fortified cereals, bread, and some plant milk, can also help boost iron. You should also avoid drinking tea or coffee at mealtimes, as this can limit the amount of iron your body absorbs from boost. Meanwhile, drinking a glass of orange juice, or eating a citrus fruit after each meal can help boost iron absorption. However, do also make sure you see your GP.

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Plastic-Free Bubble Bath Ideas for a Squeaky Green Clean

Are you looking for plastic-free bubble bath ideas for a zero or low-waste clean? Don’t get in a lather – here are my top suggestions for a squeaky green clean.

I’ve published articles before on going plastic-free in the bathroom. However, today I thought it would be useful to dedicate a whole post to bubble bath.

For years we’ve been told to eschew baths, and take showers instead. But did you know that taking a bath doesn’t always use more water than a shower? I’ll admit, I do love taking a bath. However, making it plastic-free can be tricky, especially if you want to make it plastic-free on a budget.

If you have little kids that dislike the shower but love the bath, or perhaps you like to unwind after a long day in a hot bubbly bath, then you might have wondered where to buy plastic-free bubble bath. Well, wonder no more! I’ve got a whole host of ideas for you, that can hopefully work for a variety of budgets.

A person's legs in a bubble bath with a blue text box that says where to buy plastic-free bubble bath for a zero-waste clean

Plastic-Free Bubble Bath Ideas

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Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are, I think the default plastic-free bubble bath option. My kids love choosing and using bath bombs from local shops, and bath bombs certainly make it easier to coax them into the bath. However, bath bombs don’t come cheap and finding the balance between getting my kids to enjoy bathtime, and between a low cost per bath was a tricky one to find.

The best balance I have found for my kids is to use mini bath bombs, such as these ones from Etsy* that come in a cardboard box. At £4.99 for a box of 21, this works out at just under 24p per bath bomb. With all the fun of standard-sized bath bombs, these mini ones are perfect for the shallower baths that my kids have.

The other eco-friendly option would be to bulk-buy ingredients and make your own bath bombs. This recipe from Good Food is one I’ve used in the past with great success.

Bubble Bath Bars

If you and/or your kids prefer bathing in a cloud of bubbles then there are still plastic-free bubble bath options out there. Bubble bath bars, for example, are bars that you crumble a little bit off of and sprinkle into running water for luxurious bubbles.

I have struggled to find plastic-free bubble baths bars that aren’t from Lush. Lush is on my avoid list due to some problematic behaviour (see exhibit A and exhibit B). As such, I avoid their stores.

I thought it would be easy to source bubble bath bars elsewhere. And it is easy to source them. The problem lies in sourcing ethical bubble bath bars. In particular, I struggled to find plastic-free bubble bath bars that don’t contain biodegradable glitter (spoiler: it doesn’t biodegrade and is just as bad for the environment as regular glitter) and/or mica. Mica is a problematic ingredient linked to child labour, deforestation, and unfair wages. Mica and/or biodegradable glitter seem to be de rigueur ingredients in bubble bath bars. As such, I don’t have any particular brands to recommend, but if I find any I will update this article by linking them here.

Bubble Bath In Glass Bottles

For an indulgent treat, bubble bath in a glass bottle is a great plastic-free option. I have used Humble Bath Honey* in the past, which smelled divine. The bottles are pretty and can be re-used once empty. The only drawback is that this range isn’t vegan-friendly.

For a vegan-friendly option, Funky Soap* offers bubble bath in glass bottles in a variety of scents.

Refill Stores

If you have a local refill store then bringing along an old container and filling that up makes for a good plastic-free bubble bath experience. If you don’t have a refill store near you, but do have a Body Shop, then the good news is that the Body Shop now offers a refill scheme. Whilst they don’t offer refillable bubble bath yet, you can get refillable shower gel. I’ve always found that shower gel makes for a perfectly acceptable bubble bath.

5 Litre Shampoo As Bubble Bath

Another great low-waste option is to buy 5-litre bottles of shampoo. You can buy 5-litre bubble baths, but I find buying shampoo a much more economical choice. As well as providing you with low-waste shampoo, with less plastic per ml of product, the shampoo also triples up as a liquid hand wash and a bubble bath.

My favourite bulk brands have re-use schemes in place for the 5-litre bottles. Here you can return the empty bottles back to the manufacturers for reuse. The brands taking part in such schemes include:

I hope these ideas can be helpful! As always, I’m open to your plastic-free bubble bath suggestions too! Do also check out my guide to eco-friendly shower gel, to help green your showering regime.