New Supplements Tailored for Vegan Women (Vitabiotics Wellwoman Vegan)
Supplements are a dividing topic among people interested in nutrition and fitness. When I first went vegan in 2014, I was winging it and watching YouTube video after YouTube video with conflicting information about whether we should supplement, what’s worth taking and what’s best left on the shelf. I generally eat a healthy, plant-based diet with lots of whole plant foods, but over the last few months it’s been really hit & miss what with rushing around on baby duties - sometimes I just have to grab a quick snack for lunch and swig some Oatly and continue my day!
While I’d never remember to take a supplement every day anyway, I usually opt to take a multivitamin if my diet has been clearly lacking that day, for a little extra reassurance.
I was taking a prenatal supplement fairly regularly since finding out I was pregnant in June last year, and continued using these now and then after birth, with my final pack just running out now. I’m actually really happy to be rid of the ‘taste of pregnancy’, if that makes sense?! I went through two different brands and the flavour of each will always remind me of feeling nauseous in both early and late pregnancy!
I’m still breastfeeding and baby Zara is now almost 8 months old. I’m sleeping very little due to teething and consequent night feeds and night yells (!), so I was very keen when Vitabiotics emailed me and asked if I’d like to try their Wellwoman Vegan supplements! (Not an affiliate link - I was not asked to write this blog post, but they have sponsored my Instagram post here to help spread the word about Wellwoman Vegan.)
I hadn’t seen supplements formulated specifically for women that are also specifically tailored for those on a vegan diet before - I didn’t have plans for which multi to go back to after my prenatals, but I have a month’s worth of these to try, and I’m really happy with them two weeks in! It’s quite hard to tell of the effect when I’m on so little sleep, but I’ve at least had enough energy to go for long morning walks with dog and baby, go to events and finally tidy the nursery :’).
What’s in it?
Here are some of the vitamins and minerals included in Wellwoman Vegan, as listed on their website:-
Zinc: Normal function of the immune system, as well as for the maintenance of normal skin, hair and nails.
B12: Supports normal red blood cell formation and to support the immune system.
Iron: Women generally have a higher iron requirement than men, partly because of blood loss during the menstrual cycle.
Vitamin B6: Contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity.
Folic acid: Contributes to normal maternal tissue growth during pregnancy, which is important if you're planning a pregnancy or there's a chance you might get pregnant.
Thiamine (B1): Contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system and to normal psychological function.
Vitamin D: Plays an important role in the body for all-round health and wellness. Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth and the normal function of the immune system.
Vitamin C & Copper: Contribute to normal energy release. Vitamin C is also a co-factor for collagen synthesis, the substance that keeps skin supple.
Based on the couple of weeks I’ve been using them so far, I’ll continue these once my free pack is finished - they’re £10.85 for the month, whereas my prenatal was something like 60% more expensive (I’d still recommend that as well! Nature’s Plus was my favourite of the two prenatals I took). I’ll be interested to see how they hold up once my period returns (it hasn’t come back yet due to breastfeeding), and will update here in future once I’ve been using it while having a menstrual cycle!
Do you take any supplements? Have you tried Vitabiotics Wellwoman Vegan and if so, what do you think of the range?
Thanks for reading!