Dry hair? Dull skin? Missing out on vitamins B12 or D? These vegan gummies can help!
By Lora O’Brien
Are you seriously even vegan if someone hasn’t asked where every single one of your vitamins and nutrients comes from? Sigh….
While many believe a vegan diet will have you deficient in almost everything, the truth is actually the opposite. Well, usually, anyway. Sure, there are those vegans who basically live on pasta, fries and cereal. Not good! But it’s really easy to cover your daily nutritional needs with vegan diet alone, if you pay attention to what you’re eating.
But there are some things vegans can never get from food. Namely, vitamin B12. And in the winter, vitamin D. Vegans should also check that they’re getting enough iron and Omega-3 oils as well. Plus, many of us are super busy, and ensuring all our nutritional needs are met daily can be difficult, whether you’re vegan or not. But never fear: vitamin supplements are a great way to ensure your specific needs are being met. And gummies are the tastiest supps around!
Why most gummies aren’t vegan
Whether you’re a parent of vegan children who are picky eaters, or you’re an adult who finds swallowing tablets difficult, gummies are an easy way to chew, quite literally, your vitamins!
However, most gummy vitamins contain gelatin, which of course, is not vegan-friendly. Gelatin is made from unpalatable parts of animals, such as their bones and hooves. Definitely not something you want to ingest if you’re vegan. Or even vegetarian, for that matter! Gelatin isn’t just found in gummy vitamins though. It’s very often the main ingredient of vitamin capsules, too.
Ingredients to avoid
Gelatin aside, there are some other ingredients that you’ll want to avoid when it comes to choosing your vitamin brand.
Collagen: similar to gelatin, collagen is a protein that is extracted from the connective tissue, skin, tendons, bones and cartilage from various animals such as cows, pigs, horses or fish. Gross!
Fish or cod liver oil: I mean, this one is pretty obvious. But if you’re looking to boost your Omega 3, you’ll want to scan the ingredients list for fish oil.
Lactose: this is often used as a filler ingredient, so make sure the brand you use is lactose-free. This is especially important for those with a dairy allergy or intolerance who need to be vigilant, too.
Vitamin D3: this one is a little shocking, but vitamin D can oftentimes be sourced from none other than sheep’s wool. I know, right? I mean, what the heck? Unless your vitamin D specifies that it has come from a plant source, you may want to leave it on the shelf.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin: this is a horrid duo that often works together to enhance joint health. We’d rather let the shellfish and sharks that they come from stay in the sea where they belong.
Luckily, there are plenty of vegan gummies that contain none of the above. Here are some of my favourites!
The Best Vegan Gummy Vitamins For Women
Who doesn’t wish their hair, skin and nails looked healthier? Now they can, thanks to Manifesto’s super-charged gummies! These delicious vegan gummy vitamins specifically target this trio of areas. Made with natural ingredients such as zinc and selenium, biotin and açai berry extract, they help to support strong, healthy hair, luminous skin and stronger nails.
The gummies come encased in a metal tin, so no plastic packaging, yay! They’re also free from artificial flavours and colours, too. They contain no titanium dioxide, so they’re gummies you can really feel good about chewing! Just be sure to brush your teeth afterwards though. Instead of using carcinogenic artificial sweeteners, these have a touch of fruit sugar. Which we think is a good thing!
Price: Around $40
Best for: Hair, skin and nail growth
HUM has gummies for every skin and wellness goal. So whether you want to improve your skin, help reduce the symptoms of stress, or strengthen your hair, there is a women’s vegan gummy vitamin for all your needs.
Understanding that self-care and skincare start from the inside out, HUM Nutrition has been on a mission to offer high performing supplements for over a decade. They want to make it easier to look and feel your best.
HUM deeply understands the link between nutrition and health. That’s why their gummies are bioavailable, naturally derived and triple-tested for potency and purity to help you feel amazing.
My personal choice? As someone with thin hair, I deeply appreciate the benefits their Hair Sweet Hair blend offers. Packed with biotin, B12, folic acid and other follicle-boosting ingredients, this is one of those vegan gummy vitamins we vegans truly need! (Because most of us are low in B12, dontcha know. And often, that’s notable in our hair, which needs B vitamins to grow long and lush).
Oh, and btw: if you’re looking for more suggestions for vegan beauty supplements, we’ve got them here!
Price: Around $26
Best for: Hair growth
Did you know? Most vitamin D3 supplements are made from lanolin (secreted from sheep’s skin)! In other words, not vegan at all. But luckily, NATURELO is a brand that makes wonderful vegan gummy vitamins for all your nutritional needs. These whole food gummies are made from wild-harvested lichen, so they’re free from gelatin or animal byproducts of any kind.
These gummies offer to support your immune system all year round. It’s vital to get enough vitamin D to keep your immunity high. But in the winter, most of us living in the northern hemisphere are deficient.
These babies help to boost your levels up, up, UP when you’re lacking sun exposure. But that’s not all. Vitamin D also helps to support strong bones and teeth, as it helps the body to absorb calcium.
Price: Around $9
Best for: Year-round immune support
4. Imarais Glow
In a skincare slump? These delicious, lemony vegan gummy vitamins will plump and hydrate your skin from inside out. These PETA-certified gummies were designed to bring even the dullest skin back to life. They do so via a blend of Canadian marine algae, Vegan Squalane™ and Activated-C™. These super ingredients deliver potent antioxidants that protect your skin from both sun and pollution.
Price: Around $55
Best for: Adding to your skincare routine
Feeling in need of a detox? These Lashilé Beauty Good Detox gummies have been specifically designed to detoxify the whole body. Formulated with a complex based on plant active ingredients, probiotics and essential nutrients, they work to detoxify both the skin and body. These vegan gummies will restore balance to your overall health, while cleansing your system from the inside out.
Price: Around $96
Best for: Overall detoxing
I know you may be thinking: vinegar, what? But apple cider vinegar has been traditionally used for years to boost digestion and gut health. Thing is, it’s kinda nasty to down as a shot! Luckily, Goli gummies don’t taste like vinegar at all. The ACV is combined with organic fruit extracts to make them super tasty!
These vegan gummies also contain essential vitamins such as B9 and B12 to help support cellular energy production, immune function, and heart health. They’re perfect for boosting overall health and wellbeing.
Price: Around $19
Best for: Those with digestive issues
YES! Finally, vegan gummies for those who struggle to sleep! As you surely know, there’s almost nothing worse for your health than night after night of poor sleep.
Pacifica’s beauty gummies help promote a deeper, more restful sleep with their berry-flavoured gummy supplements. Designed with melatonin, chamomile and elderberry, they help to combat sleeplessness.
Obviously, this is a gummy you should take before bedtime. Just be sure to brush your teeth afterwards, as they contain sugar. Oh, and if you really struggle to sleep, try eating these foods before bedtime!
Price: Around $16
Best for: Insomniacs
Not sure whether you’re getting all the nutrients you need? Sugarbear has formulated these multi vitamin gummies with 16 micronutrients to help supplement vitamins that may be missing from your diet. Including everything from omega 3, vitamins C and D, folate, calcium, magnesium and zinc, these vegan gummies have been developed for overall health.
Best for: Boosting vitamins and minerals you may be missing from your diet
It’s a fact that as we get older, we produce less collagen. The result? Drier, saggier and more wrinkled skin. And perhaps, joint problems, too. The problem is, most collagen supplements to aid these issues are far from vegan. Except for GrandeGUMMIES Collagen Booster by Grande Cosmetics, that is!
These are delicious, anti-ageing vegan gummies. They’re are infused with a unique blend of raw materials designed to support natural collagen production. But that’s not all! There’s also biotin, folic acid, and zinc. These work together to promote thick, glossy hair, lashes, and brows. No wonder Gwyneth Paltrow is apparently a fan!
Best for: Ageing skin and joints
Do you suffer from stress? Dry skin? Struggle to sleep? These vegan CBD gummies can help!
While their CBD content does stem from the cannabis plant, they won’t give you that euphoric high commonly associated with marijuana. What you will get are amino acids, essential fats, and plenty of Vitamins A, B, C, and E, which help make your skin look amazing. And, of course, you’ll also benefit from the calming effects of CBD itself.
Best for: Those who are really stressed out