People Are Increasingly Turning To Plant-Based Supplements, But What Exactly Are They?

We break down the health trend.

Whether you take them to combat a vitamin or mineral deficiency, or you just want to improve your overall health and wellbeing, taking a supplement (or two) every day has become a regular part of our routines.

While many promise to boost our health and bodily functions, and can provide our bodies with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we may be lacking, it’s important to remember that the key is in the name.  Supplements are designed to do just that: to support what we are already getting from our diets, and not replace those sources completely.

Think of them as our diet’s helping hands, that ensure we are getting exactly what we need for our insides to work as they should.

With so many supplement varieties on offer, it can be hard to determine which ones we should be taking. The first step is always to talk to your doctor or healthcare professional, to ensure whatever you choose to take is healthy for you and your individual situation.

The Benefits of Going Plant-Based

Right now, more and more people are turning to plant-based supplements, like the new Vital Supplement range. 100 per cent pant-based, each supplement in the range is highly bioavailable, meaning they are gentler on the digestive system and more likely to be better absorbed by our bodies than their synthetic counterparts.

Each vegan, vegecap supplement is derived from natural, wholefood, standardised ingredients, and contains additional micronutrients that benefit our body and overall wellbeing when compared to synthetic vitamins and minerals.

Available in three vitamin and mineral varieties (iron, calcium, and Vitamin D), here’s why these plant-based supplements have earned a spot in our morning routines.


vital supplements iron
Vital Iron promotes iron levels in the body with a 100 per cent plant-based source of iron extracted from curry leaves.

Our bodies rely on iron to make haemoglobin, the part of blood that carries oxygen around our bodies. It’s also an essential mineral for our energy levels, mental function and even muscle strength.

Feeling tired or dizzy can be a sign of low iron levels, or even an iron deficiency, so it’s important to speak to your doctor if you start developing any of these symptoms. A simple blood test can determine whether you might benefit from taking an iron supplement.

Vital Iron naturally promotes iron levels in the body and is made from a 100 per cent plant-based source of iron, extracted from curry leaves. It’s gentle on the stomach and highly bioavailable, which means it’s easier absorbed by the body. It also contains Vitamin C from Acerola fruit and iron from leafy greens like spinach leaf, broccoli sprout and asparagus, that are naturally high in the mineral.


vital supplements calcium
Vital Calcium contains calcium derived from 100 per cent seaweed.

Essential for building and maintaining strong bones, our heart, muscles, and nerves also need calcium to function properly.

We don’t produce calcium on our own, so we must get it from other sources, like dairy products and dark leafy vegetables. Calcium supplements may be needed for those who follow a plant-based diet, are lactose intolerant, or for women at risk of osteoporosis as they enter menopause.

Vital Calcium uses Aquamin® Forte as its source of plant-based calcium, that’s derived from 100 per cent seaweed harvested from the North Atlantic seabed in the wild, remote seas of North West Iceland. Plus, it also contains magnesium and 17 other trace minerals to promote overall health and wellbeing.

Vitamin D

vital supplements vitamin d
Vitamin D helps our body to absorb calcium, and also supports the immune system and promotes healthy skin and muscles.

Our body requires Vitamin D to be able to absorb calcium, so these two supplements often go hand in hand. While this is Vitamin D’s main function, it also plays a role in supporting the immune system and helping maintain healthy skin and muscles. 

While fatty fish and mushrooms are rich sources of Vitamin D, our body mostly produces the vitamin when our skin is exposed to sunlight, with some people requiring a supplement to increase their levels.

Vital Vitamin D uses VitaShine D3™, the world’s only Vegan Society & Vegetarian Society registered Vitamin D3. It’s a special oily extract of lichen, which is naturally rich in Vitamin D3 and fatty acids.

It also contains five types of mushrooms, including shitake, turkey tail and silver ear fungus, which are a known, natural source of Vitamin D and micronutrients to support immune system function and general health and wellbeing.

Always read the label.  Follow the directions for use.

Brought to you by Vital.

Related stories