Amanda Williams, CEO of Cytoplan said: “Many of us are eating less meat, dairy and other animal products for a host of reasons”
Cytoplan has developed a Vegan Care Bundle of products selected to specifically support a vegan diet, in anticipation of ‘Veganuary’. Containing vitamin B12, vitamin D3, wholefood iron and vegan omega 3, this group of vitamins and minerals are aimed to supplement a diet free from meat, dairy and eggs.
Vitamin B12 (which is normally primarily available from foods derived from animals); is important for nerve health and low levels can cause many symptoms including extreme tiredness, pins and needles, low mood and problems with memory. Research has reportedly shown a vegan diet can cause a deficiency in B12, but levels can be maintained by eating fortified or fermented foods along with a good active B12 supplement.
To support the normal function of the immune system, the absorption and utilisation of calcium, and the maintenance of bones and teeth, the bundle includes a bioavailable form of vegan vitamin D3. A vegan diet containing mushrooms and fortified foods can provide some low levels of vitamin D, however, these foods contain vitamin D2, rather than the D3 form which is utilised in the body.
Also included is Omega 3 segan, derived from marine microalgae, which offers a source of essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA) that would otherwise be acquired from eating oily fish.
Finally, the bundle also contains a wholefood source of iron, which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, cognitive function, formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin, and immune system function. The company’s iron supplement is sourced by growing brassica juncea; an edible cruciferous vegetable similar to broccoli, in an iron-rich growth medium, which it says results in a gentle and vegan wholefood Iron to support both a vegan and vegetarian diet.
Amanda Williams, CEO of Cytoplan said: “Many of us are eating less meat, dairy and other animal products for a host of reasons, and particularly in Veganuary it is important for those making sudden dietary changes to ensure they are getting optimal levels of vital vitamins and minerals that they otherwise may have derived from foods they are now not eating.
“Eating a rainbow of vegetables, nuts and seeds to ensure there is variety in your diet will be important, and extra support through supplementation could help bridge any potential nutrition gap and support your new eating habits while you develop the most healthful diet going forwards.”