Dietry supplements and protein

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Hi Everyone,

First post on here! I am moving from Vegetarianism to becoming a Vegan. I wonder if its common for Vegans to take dietary supplements and vegan protein shakes. Is this something that most of you do?

If so which ones do you take.

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I take a multi, an omega 3, and B12.

I don't buy store-bought vegan protein shakes. I do have some protein powder at home for days I miss a meal but it tastes so awful I rarely use it.

I make my own smoothies with soymilk, bananas, flaxseed, and PB.

Pretty much if you are careful with your diet you may not need to supplement anything.
 
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I take a multi, an omega 3, and B12.

I don't buy store-bought vegan protein shakes. I do have some protein powder at home for days I miss a meal but it tastes so awful I rarely use it.

I make my own smoothies with soymilk, bananas, flaxseed, and PB.

Pretty much if you are careful with your diet you may not need to supplement anything.
Thanks Lou. That makes sense those are the suppliements that I see keep coming up. How come you take a B12 and a multivit, does the multi vit not have the B12 in it?

Your right though I am drinking a Vegan protein shake right now and its gross unfortunately! I'm sure there are better ones out there.
 
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Thanks Lou. That makes sense those are the suppliements that I see keep coming up. How come you take a B12 and a multivit, does the multi vit not have the B12 in it?

You're right though I am drinking a Vegan protein shake right now and its gross unfortunately! I'm sure there are better ones out there.
That's a good question. the multi that i take has something 100% of the RDA of B12, but from what I learned - you can't absorb that much B12 all at once. I do drink B12 fortified soymilk and on days that I have the multi AND two glasses of soymilk I'm good to go. on the other days, I take a timed released B12 pill. both the multi and the B12 are pretty cheap, too.

It could be a belt and suspenders kind of thing. but since the pills are cheap and B12 can be stored in the body or if it is in excess excreted, there is no downside.
 
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I've never taken any protein supplement ever.

I do supplement with a small multi vitamin which is promoted by the Vegan Society here in the UK - it's called Veg1.

I also take a zink supplement because it seems to help my immune system keep the colds and similar illnesses away, or at least seems to make them shorter or less severe.
 

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Is it mandatory for vegetarian sportsmen to take protein supplements ?
 

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Is it mandatory for vegetarian sportsmen to take protein supplements ?
Hi FloTrest,

The American Council on Exercise (one of the largest education and certification organizations for athletic trainers) published these guidelines for coaching vegetarian and vegan clients: https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/professional/expert-articles/5451/how-to-coach-the-vegetarian-and-vegan-client . The guidelines do not say that protein supplements are mandatory for athletic training.
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Any male vegetarians or vegans I know have veg protein on hand. I think men in particular, due to height, desire to have muscle, or just sexist stereotypes, are more likely to be in possession of protein supplements.

I literally never take protein powders unless I am on hard, cold, multi day hikes in the wilderness. I have a small amount of vegan protein powder rotting in my cabinet right now because I decided I hate winter roughing it so I just don't use it.

I've never lost weight easily though. I enjoy food and eating and that didn't change because I became vegan. Despite my activity level, going vegan only lead to minor weight loss. It didn't make me ultra thin or twiggy. Just healthier.

So ....if you lose weight easily or have a small appetite? If you're an athlete or a body builder?
 

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I don't supplement with protein powders because I get enough from food. In addition to b12 I've also started taking chlorella/spirulina tablets and chlorophyll drops. My energy has been awesome. We went hiking in the mountains 4 times last week for 2 to 2.5 hours each trip. I would have some lentil pasta when I get home and no soreness.