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Chewable vitamins for vegans can be tricky to get right. I’ve been on a plant based diet for a few years and have taken vitamins with varying degrees of consistency. The challenge is finding vitamins that taste nice and seem to make a difference. Otherwise, I forget to take them or get a bit lazy about it.
Being on a plant-based diet puts me at some risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. I was (and am) eating fortified foods, a range of colourful vegetables and a varied diet as much as possible. However, factors such as stress, exercise, and sleep will mean that I could benefit from supplements. Let’s not forget the role that genetics and climate have on our wellbeing too. I have consulted my doctor and have had various tests to check up on my health. I suggest having a conversation with your GP if you are about to make a change to your diet and lifestyle too.
Nourished are a Birmingham company producing personalised 3D-printed chewable vitamins for vegans – well actually, for everyone! As well as being vegan-friendly, these vitamins are sugar free, gluten free and sustainably produced. Compared to other vitamin companies out there, Nourished appear to have ticked all my boxes.
By 3D printing each vegan gummy to order, Nourished ensure freshness and zero waste. For convenience, Nourished deliver subscriptions monthly in recyclable cardboard packaging. Nourished use a lifestyle questionnaire to personalise the orders for every customer. Alternatively, their website has an option to build your own stack however you wish.
Included in each delivery is a breakdown of the vitamins in the stack and their benefits. This is particularly helpful if you update your stacks and lose track. It’s also a great reminder of why taking vitamins is so beneficial. Each layer of the stacks are a different colour and these correspond to the information on the nutritional information. Not that I’m about to eat mine layer by layer!
I’ve photographed the packaging as I received it for my delivery. Each vitamin sachet has its own place within the large box so it looks neat and pretty. However, Nourished have redesigned the box to be smaller and letterbox friendly for future deliveries. Despite using recycled cardboard that is further recyclable, it’s more environmentally friendly to reduce the packaging. I love that this is something that Nourished considered and took action on.
Each of these individual packets keep the vitamins inside fresh and potent. I like that Nourished found a sustainable and practical solution by making the packaging home compostable. It would be difficult to justify extra packaging for each vitamin if these were plastic and destined for landfill. This is a great way to ensure the quality of the vitamins without compromising on the sustainability of the business.
I find that these vitamins taste very sweet despite being sugar free. They have a chewy texture a bit like a gummy sweet so they are actually okay to eat. It’s not really like taking vitamins when you’re simply eating a sweet gummy after dinner. I tend to take mine after a meal as having a routine makes it more likely that I’ll remember. Also, having my vitamins with food is a good way to encourage more effective digestion and absorption.
There are two claims by Nourished as to why their vitamins are superior to others. Firstly, that their vegan vitamins have a nutrient density of 99.5% or higher than standard isolated tablets. Secondly, the body digests stacks like other food so it absorbs up to 70% more of the nutrients. This is due to the special encapsulation method used in production. Bold claims and my little trial isn’t in the least bit scientific to prove it one way of the other. It all sounds rather good though, doesn’t it?
So did taking these chewable vitamins for vegans make a difference? Well, I think so. Nourished don’t offer vitamin D in their stacks so I’ve taken this separately in tablet form. In combination, my energy levels have been pretty good over the past few months. That’s despite the challenges of lockdown and the stress of a pandemic taking over the world! Anyone else feeling the effects?
My skin has definitely improved and my nails are much stronger than before. Although this subscription began as a PR gift, I have since purchased stacks as a regular customer. At £39.99 per month, this isn’t the cheapest or most affordable vegan vitamin product. However, if you like the convenience of a vitamin gummy and want to support a sustainable company then I feel it’s worthwhile.
I recognise this may not be an accessible price for everyone. I’m in a position of privilege in having the choice to buy these. It’s not much but if you want £20 off your first order, then follow this referral link. Or alternatively, check out the Nourished social media pages for their latest introductory offers.
I also like that I can update my profile to switch up my personalised stack if needed. My diet and lifestyle varies throughout the year so this kind of adjustment could be really beneficial. I tend to eat more comfort food during the winter months when it’s colder. I don’t imagine that this only affects me.
Order your own stack from Nourished to try these personalised vegan vitamins for yourself. For a £20 discount on your first order, follow this referral link.
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