Vegetarian Health Tips

Are you a vegetarian? Eating vegetarian is a healthy way to eat if done properly. If you are eating a typical American diet, just without the meat, then you are at risk of being deficient in certain nutrients. Especially if you do not eat eggs or diary products.

Top deficiencies in vegetarians:

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is essential for health. Low Vitamin B12 can lead to anemia and nerve disorders. To avoid Vitamin B12 deficiency, eat fortified foods like cereal or nutritional yeast which are high in B12. You can also supplement with Vitamin B12 pills. We have vegetarian options at


Creatine is vital for muscle and brain health. For a vegetarian supplement, check out our list of vegetarian options at

Vitamin D3

If you live here in Bloomington, Indiana, you are not likely getting enough sunlight to make sufficient amounts of Vitamin D even in the summer months. Vitamin D3 is found in eggs and fatty fish. If your do not have enough Vitamin D you are at risk of osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, impaired brain function and low muscle mass. You can find vegetarian supplements at


DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is an essential fatty acid that is in flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts. If you find it difficult to add these foods to your diet, you can find vegetarian supplements with DHA at


Heme iron is in meat, but you can get enough iron if you eat enough rich, dark green leafy vegetables. If you find it difficult to add these foods to your diet, you can find vegetarian supplements with vegetarian friendly iron at

Taurine and Carnitine

Both taurine and carnitine are non-essential, meaning you do not have to eat foods with them because your body can make them. You just have to make sure you eat enough protein so your body has the building blocks to make them. If you find it difficult to get enough protein in your diet, you can find vegetarian friendly protein powders at

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