Do plant-based eaters need to complement their diet?
Oct. 07 2021 at 11:54 am EST | Written by Complement
The latest nutrition research highlights good news and bad news for those of us that follow a plant-based diet.
First, the good:
It's undeniable that the plant-based diet is a nutrient powerhouse, and that it can provide boosts to your short-term heath and energy, athletic performance, and longevity.
But — and this is the bad news — concerns around deficiencies of vitamin B12, DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids, and a few other nutrients are very real.*
Studies are identifying the small number of nutrient gaps in the otherwise extremely healthy diet. And how for the betterment of all plant-based eaters and the movement in general, it's important to address those gaps.
So that leaves us searching for a way to utilize the plant-based diet for its array of benefits, while also optimizing it for long-term health.
We call this complementing your diet, or taking your healthy diet, and thoughtfully adding in a few nutrients to fill ensure you're getting everything you need.
Let's take a look at a few of the reasons why intentionally complementing your diet can improve health and simplify your life.
1. All diets have nutritional gaps, even the healthiest diet.
According to plant-based Dr. Joel Kahn, MD, all diets are subject to nutrient gaps or deficiencies.
Even the world's leading nutrition scientist, Valter Longo, PhD, advises dietary supplements to avoid common 'holes' in optimal nutrition that even a superior diet can provide.
It would be the same — or even more common — for those eating the standard American diet to need dietary supplements if they were tested for the adequacy of their diet.*
That's why complementing your diet with select nutrients is advised by most plant-based doctors.
2. Every body is different.
No two bodies absorb and process nutrients the same, which is one of the many reasons why blood tests can play an important role in understanding personal health.
But keep this in mind:
Large scientific studies and analyses can teach us a lot about which nutrients are most commonly missing or lacking for plant-based eaters...
Providing baseline guidance for all vegans.
For example, a 2013 meta-analysis found that zinc is poorly bioavailable for plant-based eaters when compared to omnivores.
And a 2019 scientific review highlights the importance of algae supplementation for plant-based eaters to achieve desired DHA and EPA omega-3 levels.
These are just two examples of countless studies and papers examining deficiencies.
So when regular blood tests may not be an option, covering the baseline guidance is like taking out a nutrient insurance policy, and can provide peace of mind that you're getting everything you need.
3. Modern agriculture is depleting our soil of nutrients.
Modern agriculture has increased efficiency and output, but it's also depleting the soil of some of the nutrients that go into our food.*
Nutrients like selenium, magnesium, and iodine can be found in plant foods, but often in increasingly smaller amounts, making them a less reliable source of certain daily nutrient requirements.*
The best ways to complement your diet.
These days, there are a number of ways to ensure you're optimizing your diet for long-term health...
- Seeking out fortified foods.
- Ensuring you eat an abundance of certain nutrient-rich foods.
- Taking supplements.
All of these options have the potential to work.
But for tens of thousands of monthly users, simply adding a daily dose of Complement Plus has become their go-to nutrient solution.
3 reasons why Complement Plus is the ideal nutrient solution for plant-based eaters.
1. It's engineered specifically for plant-based diets.
Standard multivitamins are loaded with megadoses of nutrients vegans already get through food, which can be a waste of money or worse, potentially harmful.*
Complement Plus focuses on just the 8 hard-to-get nutrients — vitamins B12, D3, and K2, plus DHA/EPA omega-3s, zinc, iodine, selenium, and magnesium — to complement your already healthy diet.
"Complement is the perfect addition to any plant based lifestyle. All the nutrients you need with none of the hassle of remembering how many of what pills to take at what time. I've never felt better!"
2. It provides peace of mind that you're getting everything you need.
With reduced soil quality making certain nutrients harder to come by, and the fact that certain nutrients just can't be found in plant foods, it's easy to find yourself questioning whether you and your family are getting what you need.
When paired with a well-rounded diet, Complement Plus brings peace of mind and helps ensure you cover all your nutrient bases each day.*
Everything I need, nothing I don't
"I really like the peace of mind that I'm getting all the essential vitamins and nutrients I need and that they've been third party tested. It makes me feel like I'm doing something good for myself when I take my capsules with my oatmeal every morning. And, my energy feels really good too."
3. It's the all-in-one approach for ease of use and savings.
Buying separate bottles for each nutrient is costly and cumbersome. With Complement Plus, it's as easy as 1 bottle and 3 daily capsules.
My Favorite Supplement
"This is exactly what I needed to fill in with my Vegan diet. I love that it has eliminated several other bottles taking up my counter space."
Add the daily nutrient solution, Complement Plus.
Intentional supplementation to help improve energy, heart and brain health, and long-term well-being.*
And right now, it has never been easier.
With Complement Plus, you can feel confident you’re supporting your healthy plant-based diet without the unnecessary extras that come in your standard multivitamin.
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