As many of you already noticed, Together – a new supplier of clean, natural and effective supplements – has arrived in our stores! Their healthy products are developed by leading experts in nutrition and manufactured in the UK. They really care about health, that’s why we asked them to share with us some insights for anyone who’s cut down on meat or is vegetarian or vegan.
There are many reasons to follow a plant-based diet. It can be and ethical decision, as the truth about the cruelty of animals in the meat industry has surfaced. There’s also the health aspect, as people are concerned about digesting hormones, steroids and antibiotics that have been used on animals. The impact on the environment has also motivated many people, as the cost of the meat industry’s impact on the planet becomes increasingly apparent.
WHAT ARE THE KEY NUTRIENTS THAT CAN BE MISSING ON A PLANT-BASED DIET?
While plant foods provide many of the nutrients we need for optimal health, there are a few that are very difficult to obtain in the required amounts from plants, which are vital for our well-being.
Tests have found that 66% of vegetarians and 92% of vegans are B12-deficient, compared with just 5% of omnivores! This is because B12 is only found in animal protein. It works with folate, another B vitamin, in the synthesis of DNA and red blood cells, so a deficiency can cause anything from anemia and fatigue to memory loss, neurological problems and even dementia. SHOP NOW B12 Vegan Complex
Our bodies can’t convert plant fatty acids into essential omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Omega-3s are found in meat, fish and seaweed, but not in plants. They’re critical for brain development and play a major role throughout life, affecting cognition, behaviour and mood. SHOP NOW Omega-3 Vegan Supplements
CALCIUM & ZINC
According to many studies, vegans and vegetarians have also the lowest intakes calcium and zinc. Inadequate levels of calcium can lead to osteoporosis over time, while not getting enough zinc in your diet can result in hair loss, lack of alertness and a reduced sense of taste and smell. SHOP NOW Calcium Mineral Complex
Iron can be obtained from plant sources, but the ferrous iron in plants is much harder to absorb than heme iron in meat. That puts vegan and vegetarians at higher risk of iron deficiency. SHOP NOW Gentle Iron Complex
Iodine is necessary for thyroid hormones which help keep cells and the metabolic rate healthy. It is usually found in fish and dairy products, although it can be found in cereals and grains, but generally at low levels depending on the amount of iodine in the soil where the plants are grown. Seaweed is a plant source of iodine, but the levels present can be unpredictable. According to one study, 80% of vegans are iodine-deficient.
ONLY THE MOST NATURAL INGREDIENTS
At Together, they source only the most natural and effective ingredients, resulting in products that help your body to help itself. Their range of natural and clean supplements can help those who are following a plant-based diet with specific products which are kind to your body and the environment.
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