Happy Veganuary!

 

If you’re doing Veganuary this year, it’s a good idea to make sure your body is getting enough of the nutrients it needs. You can do this by choosing high quality supplements and getting the best introduction to vegan food with itsu, who have an extensive range of vegan options. We’ve provided our top recommendations below…

For those of you starting out on your vegan journey…

Try itsu’slosing your vegan’ity’ bento box (available nationwide,RRP 4.99) which boasts organic tofu steak, broccoli packed full of B vitamins and red cabbage, which is a great source of fibre.

Nutritionist Alix Woods explains why we need Vitamin B12…

“Vitamin B12 is important for many bodily functions. If in short supply, the body won’t make as many red blood cells so your tissues and organs may not get enough oxygen. B12 is often found in animal products like meat and cheese. Therefore it is harder to consume this important vitamin, for those following a vegan diet.

Top Tip: Try the Natures Plus Vitamin B12 supplement (£17.75, www.naturesplus.co.uk) - a certified vegetarian, vegan, organic and gluten free supplement to supply you with that all important boost of B12.

Combine iron rich foods with Vitamin C…

Where iron is often found in animal products it is important to make sure you’re finding vegan friendly foods that are rich in iron like almonds; apricots, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and avocados, to support your cognitive function and immune system. Combine these with a source of Vitamin C as this offers better absorption.

Top Tip: Try the  NHP’s Vitamin C Support (£16.78

www.naturalhealthpractice.com ), which is Vegan Society Registered and offers maximum absorption.