02 Nov Two Supplements You May Need On A Plant-Based Diet
There are two possible supplements you may need on a plant-based diet.
Number 1 is Vitamin D and that is only if you are living in a cloudy part of the world. Large surface areas of your body should be exposed to the sun ideally 15 minutes a day. If this is not possible then a vitamin D supplement will help. Vitamin D is essential for bone and teeth health, along with calcium and phosphorous absorption and protecting against cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. And child development. Please mothers out there, get sun while you are pregnant and especially breast feeding. Also allow your child to be exposed to early morning or late afternoon sunlight. It is essential for their healthy growth and brain development.
The second possible deficiency is Vitamin B12. B12 is actually produced by bacteria in your gums and intestines. But back in the day there was a third source… from dirt! Humans were foragers and ate fruits and veg without washing them thereby getting an extra dose of B12 from the bacteria in the dirt. Nowadays we sterilize everything. So that source has virtually disappeared. But since we need such trace amounts we should still be getting enough from our gums and gut. That said taking a B12 supplement will not hurt. Excess B12 is easily discarded. That’s it. Those are the only two. All the other vitamins and minerals can easily be obtained and in ample supplies by a wide variety of colorful organic fresh, local and raw fruits and veg.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Nicola Siso