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Vitamins are organic compounds required in small amounts for normal growth and functioning of a body. They can be naturally found in food, produced by an organism itself under certain conditions (for example, vitamin D is produced when skin is exposed to sun), or artificially synthesized.

It is generally agreed that a balanced vegan diet can provide all but two vitamins in sufficient quantities. These two vitamins that need more attention are:

  • Vitamin B12 - so far there is no data that any vegan food can be a reliable source of this vitamin, and the use of supplements is recommended;
  • Vitamin D - should be a concern for those who do not spend much time outside on sunny days or live very far in North/South where is not much sunshine.



Minerals: Calcium
Vitamins: B12, D