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MYALIXIR’s vegan multivitamins and supplements gives you an all-natural boost to your immunity – without hurting animals, the environment, or your wallet.

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Being vegan, vegetarian, or eating plant-based foods is not just a diet. It is a lifestyle. These sustainable diets are a commitment to mindful health with love for our planet and all creatures, great and small. Currently, 14% or 7.2 million adults in the UK follow a meat-free diet - and the numbers are growing[1]. Nielsen data reports that in Europe, plant-based consumption increased by 49% in just two years[2].

But the fact is that you may not be getting all the essential vitamins and minerals, you need on a purely vegan, vegetarian, or plant-based diet. The NHS advises that a vegan diet may be missing out on Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Omega 3, Iodine, Iron, Calcium, and Zinc[3].

But not all vitamins are made alike. Even if you get better at identifying non-vegan ingredients in your food, finding them in supplements may be harder. Nowadays, the ingredient list alone does not help. Many products can have both plant-based and animal-based origins.

If a product does not clearly state that they are vegan, it may be hard to research the sources of each of your ingredients.

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Unless purely vegan, many vitamins have animal products or derivatives - and it’s not always clear upfront.

Many of the supplements used today use animal products or derivatives that also now have plant-based origins.

Let’s look at some examples.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps our body absorb vital minerals like calcium and phosphorous for better bone health. Without it, our bones could become weak. Vitamin D boosts our immune system. Studies show that lower Vitamin D levels can lead to more autoimmune disorders and a greater risk of getting infections[4].

But Vitamin D supplements most often contain lanolin – another animal product. The tricky part is, even if the label does not say lanolin, they may include cholecalciferol – which is a lanolin derivative. However, there is a natural plant-based alternative, lichen cholecalciferol.

Vitamin B12

Non-vegan Vitamin B12 supplements often use Vitamin B12 derived from organs of animals like lambs, cows, turkey, fish, and more. Vitamin B12 helps produce our red blood cells, create DNA, and keep our nerve cells function properly. It can help boost our energy and even help prevent heart disease.  Pregnant women need Vitamin B12 to prevent birth defects or premature birth, or miscarriage[5].

Vegans need it in their diet, but they are only found naturally in animals. So, supplementing Vitamin B12 is important.

Iron or Folate

There are two types of iron – heme and non-heme. Heme is found in animals and is more easily absorbed in the body. Plant-based non-heme iron is less well-absorbed. As a result, vegans and vegetarians need to be mindful of consuming more food high in iron. Vegetarians and vegans need as much as 1.8 times more iron in their diet than non-vegetarians[6].  

Other Animal-Derived Products in Supplements

Gelatine is a common filler in vitamins and supplements. Gelatine is made by boiling the hooves and tissue lining of pigs, cows, and goats. Chondroitin is another ingredient found in animal connective tissue.  

Many vitamins contain digestive enzymes like lipase or pepsin, which can be animal derivatives. Magnesium stearate is often used as an additive to help prevent ingredients from sticking to each other. Though there are plant-based alternatives, they can also be sourced from animals like pigs, cows, and goats.

Carmine is a common food colouring used in vitamins to colour them red. But did you know that it is derived from a type of dead bug? Millions of these tiny insects called cochineal are harvested each year to make the coluoring. According to animal rights group PETA, it takes up to 70,000 individual insects to make just 500 grams of the dye[7].

Some vitamins contain bee pollen. Apart from being derived from animals, it is also a common allergen.

The list goes on.

And we’re tired. We’re tired of having to research every single ingredient. We’re tired of having to dig for sources of each ingredient for every product we consume.

It’s time for brands to take the initiative and declare their vegan-ness loud and proud.

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At MYALIXIR, we believe that as vegans and vegetarians, you deserve the freedom to pop a supplement and go about your day…just like everyone else.  

We offer all-natural, animal-product-free, plastic-free, allergen-free, scientifically-blended supplements to boost immunity and promote gut health.

What About Gut Health For Vegans and Vegetarians?

Transitioning to a vegan or vegetarian diet can do wonders for your health and the environment. Vegan diets are rich in anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and more. But adding more vegetables and fruits to your diet is a change that your gut needs to get used to. Vegan diets are already rich in prebiotics – plant fibres that promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut[8]. And that’s great news.

Gut-Boosting Probiotics

But when it comes to probiotic foods, or those that supply the good bacteria and balance a good balance in your gut, even the healthiest vegan diet needs a little help. Without yoghurt, a common probiotic in your diet, vegans need other probiotic foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, or other fermented foods. A plant-based vegan gut-boosting supplement full of natural ingredients can also help.

Zinc

Zinc is a natural anti-inflammatory mineral. Zinc contributes to the normal function of the immune system[9]. It is an essential nutrient, and without it, bad bacteria can proliferate in your gut. Zinc can also help protect against leaky gut syndrome[10]. It also contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, helps cell division, helps metabolise Vitamin A, contributes to making proteins, helps heal wounds, and much more. But our bodies do not make it on our own. Instead, we need all our zinc from our diet.

The good news is that a wholesome vegan or vegetarian diet can help you get the zinc you need in your diet, and many multivitamins include zinc as part of their ingredients.

Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for gut health. They are anti-inflammatory and contribute to protecting your digestive tract[11]. A diet rich in Omega-3 can help you greatly increase the number of good bacteria in your gut. Though there is no official recommended daily allowance, most health organizations, including the NHS, recommend a combined minimum of 250-500 mg of EPA and DHA – two vital Omega 3 fatty acids.

People who eat fish will find it easy to get the required amount of Omega-3 in their diets. But vegans and vegetarians need to find alternate sources. Plant-based sources of Omega-3 include flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts. Many vegans and vegetarians may find it convenient to take a vegan plant-based Omega 3 supplement to ensure they get the right amount.

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Being vegan and vegetarian just means having to make sure you eat well-balanced diets that give you all the essential vitamins and minerals you need.

But there are tremendous health benefits from a vegan or vegetarian diet. And you help prevent cruelty to animals and save the planet.

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Health Benefits to Being Vegan, Vegetarian, or Plant-Based

There are many proven health benefits to going vegan, vegetarian, or plant-based[12]. These diets are generally high in fibre and low in cholesterol. Research from the University of Oxford involving almost 50,000 participants found that vegans and vegetarians had a lower risk of cardiac disease and type 2 diabetes than meat-eaters[13]. Vegetarian and vegan diets are also associated with lower cancer rates[14]. 

Eating more plants also helps decrease the impact of climate change. Animal products are responsible for almost three-fourths of the total greenhouse gas emissions[15] today. A comprehensive Oxford study comparing almost 40,000 farms around the world found that cutting meat and dairy could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint by over 70%! The researchers also state that reducing meat and dairy consumption helps reduce wildlife extinction by freeing up land tied up in agriculture.

But you do not have to compromise on your health to live a sustainable life. Vegan supplements made of natural ingredients can help you get a balanced diet.

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And Non-Vegans or Non-Vegetarians? We’ve got love for you too.

We know that while you may enjoy the taste and texture of meat in your meals, many of you support and actively promote cruelty-free, environment-friendly, and sustainable living in other walks of life. Finding the right supplements blended based on science with all-natural ingredients can help you boost your immunity and promote better gut health.

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REFERENCES 

[1] Finder report: UK diet trends 2021.

[2] Plant-based foods in Europe: How big is the market? Smart Protein Plant-based Food Sector Report by Smart Protein Project, European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (No 862957) (2021).

[3] NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/vegetarian-and-vegan-diets-q-and-a/

[4] Aranow C. (2011). Vitamin D and the immune system. Journal of investigative medicine: the official publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research, 59(6), 881–886. https://doi.org/10.2310/JIM.0b013e31821b8755

[5] Molloy, A. M., Kirke, P. N., Brody, L. C., Scott, J. M., & Mills, J. L. (2008). Effects of folate and vitamin B12 deficiencies during pregnancy on fetal, infant, and child development. Food and nutrition bulletin, 29(2 Suppl), S101–S115. https://doi.org/10.1177/15648265080292S114

[6] Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2001.

[7] https://www.peta.org/living/personal-care-fashion/carmine-makeup/

[8] Craig WJ. Health effects of vegan diets. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 May;89(5):1627S-1633S. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.26736N. Epub 2009 Mar 11. PMID: 19279075.

[9] Prasad AS. Zinc in human health: effect of zinc on immune cells. Mol Med. 2008;14(5–6):353–357. doi:10.2119/2008-00033

[10] Wapnir RA. Zinc deficiency, malnutrition and the gastrointestinal tract. J Nutr. 2000 May;130(5S Suppl):1388S-92S. doi: 10.1093/jn/130.5.1388S. PMID: 10801949.

[11] Teitelbaum JE, Allan Walker W. Review: the role of omega 3 fatty acids in intestinal inflammation. J Nutr Biochem. 2001 Jan;12(1):21-32. doi: 10.1016/s0955-2863(00)00141-8. PMID: 11179858.

[12] Clarys, P., Deliens, T., Huybrechts, I., Deriemaeker, P., Vanaelst, B., De Keyzer, W., Hebbelinck, M., & Mullie, P. (2014). Comparison of nutritional quality of the vegan, vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian and omnivorous diet. Nutrients, 6(3), 1318–1332. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu6031318

[13] Tong T Y N, Appleby P N, Bradbury K E, Perez-Cornago A, Travis R C, Clarke R et al. Risks of ischaemic heart disease and stroke in meat eaters, fish eaters, and vegetarians over 18 years of follow-up: results from the prospective EPIC-Oxford study BMJ 2019; 366 :l4897 doi:10.1136/bmj.l4897

[14] Magkos, Faidon & Tetens, Inge & Bügel, Susanne & Felby, Claus & Schacht, Simon & Hill, James & Ravussin, Eric & Astrup, Arne. (2019). A Perspective on the Transition to Plant-Based Diets: A Diet Change May Attenuate Climate Change, but Can It Also Attenuate Obesity and Chronic Disease Risk. Advances in nutrition (Bethesda, Md.). 11. 10.1093/advances/nmz090.

[15] Willett W, Rockström J, Loken B et al. Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. Lancet. 2019; (published online Jan 16.)

About MYALIXIR

Myalixir® is a health supplement brand (registered under My Alixir Limited) offering a range of nutraceutical supplements for immune, cardiovascular, brain/mood and digestive health support suitable for vegans.

The brand focuses on specialized areas within the general supplement population enabling a more tailored health support need hence providing an optional personalised service tailored to consumer’s health need. 

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