The 5 Best Vegan Iron Supplement

Winner
Vitron-C High Potency Iron Supplement with Vitamin C, Boosts Energy, 60 Count
Runner up
Amazon Elements Iron 18mg, Supports Red Blood Cell Production, Vegan, 195 Capsules, 6 month supply (Packaging may vary)
Alternatives
PlantFusion Complete Iron Vegan Vitamin 25 mg | Highly Absorbable and Easy On The Stomach, Plant Based, Gluten and Soy Free, Dietary Supplement, 3 Month Supply, 90 Vegan Capsules
Alternatives
Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Iron, 30 Capsules (2 Pack)
Alternatives
Floravital Liquid Iron Supplement + Herbs 8.5 Ounce - Vegan, Non GMO & Gluten Free - Non Constipating, Yeast Free for Men & Women
Product
VITRON-C IRON PLUS VITAMIN C
AMAZON ELEMENTS IRON 18MG
PLANTFUSION COMPLETE IRON VEGAN VITAMIN 25MG
GARDEN OF LIFE VITAMIN CODE RAW IRON 22MG
FLORAVITAL IRON AND HERBS (LIQUID)
Price
$11.59
$11.99
$17.99
$33.92
$24.49
Quantity
60 Tablets
195 capsules
90 capsules
30 capsules
8.5 fl oz (25 servings per bottle)
Dose
One a day
One a day
One a day
One a day
Daily
Made in
USA
USA
USA
USA
Germany
Winner
Vitron-C High Potency Iron Supplement with Vitamin C, Boosts Energy, 60 Count
Product
VITRON-C IRON PLUS VITAMIN C
Price
$11.59
Quantity
60 Tablets
Dose
One a day
Made in
USA
More Information
Runner up
Amazon Elements Iron 18mg, Supports Red Blood Cell Production, Vegan, 195 Capsules, 6 month supply (Packaging may vary)
Product
AMAZON ELEMENTS IRON 18MG
Price
$11.99
Quantity
195 capsules
Dose
One a day
Made in
USA
More Information
Alternatives
PlantFusion Complete Iron Vegan Vitamin 25 mg | Highly Absorbable and Easy On The Stomach, Plant Based, Gluten and Soy Free, Dietary Supplement, 3 Month Supply, 90 Vegan Capsules
Product
PLANTFUSION COMPLETE IRON VEGAN VITAMIN 25MG
Price
$17.99
Quantity
90 capsules
Dose
One a day
Made in
USA
More Information
Alternatives
Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Iron, 30 Capsules (2 Pack)
Product
GARDEN OF LIFE VITAMIN CODE RAW IRON 22MG
Price
$33.92
Quantity
30 capsules
Dose
One a day
Made in
USA
More Information
Alternatives
Floravital Liquid Iron Supplement + Herbs 8.5 Ounce - Vegan, Non GMO & Gluten Free - Non Constipating, Yeast Free for Men & Women
Product
FLORAVITAL IRON AND HERBS (LIQUID)
Price
$24.49
Quantity
8.5 fl oz (25 servings per bottle)
Dose
Daily
Made in
Germany
More Information

Let’s talk numbers

The Harvard School of public health states that 4 – 5 million Americans every single year will suffer from Iron deficiency. Similarly, around 4 million people in the UK will suffer from Iron deficiency annually.

The world health organisation (WHO) says that iron deficiency affects more people worldwide than any other condition.  We must start taking iron deficiency seriously, it can have a knock-on effect to your productivity which could interfere with your ability to work.

The current Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for Iron is as follows:

  • Children 9 – 13 years of age 8mg
  • Males 14- 18 years of age 11mg
  • Males 19+ years of age 8mg
  • Females 14 – 18 years of age 15mg
  • Females 19 – 50 years of age 18mg
  • Females over 50 years of age  8mg

Women need to take more iron than males to make up for the amount they lose during their menstrual cycle. Around 1mg of Iron is lost for every day of their cycle. It’s recommended that pregnant women take a higher dose as the body’s iron stores are used up quicker.  

The cream of the crop of Iron supplements

Vitron-C Iron plus vitamin C.

  • Quantity: 60 Tablets
  • Dose: One a day
  • Made in USA
  • Added Vitamin C
  • Gluten Free
Vegan Iron Supplement

Vitron-C contains 65mg of elemental Iron, it also contains 125mg of vitamin C, vitamin C aids in Iron absorption making it more effective. Vitron C has a high potency of both Iron and vitamin C, it also claims to be easy on the stomach resulting in less constipation which I think we can all agree is an added bonus. It is gluten-free and free from all major allergens.

Vitron-C’s only drawback is that the tablet does contain a colorant.

Amazon elements Iron 18mg

  • Quantity: 195 capsules
  • Dose: One a day
  • Made in USA
  • Gluten free
Vegan Iron Supplement

Amazon elements is Amazon’s private label brand, specialising in vitamins and supplements.

This product contains no artificial colorants, flavours, no chemical preservatives and is gluten-free. It’s a straight Iron supplement containing 18mg of Iron with no other vitamins or minerals added.

Moreover, it’s made in a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility in the USA from US and imported ingredients

The Amazon Element Iron supplement does contain Rice flour, which some people can be sensitive to.

Plantfusion Complete Iron Vegan Vitamin 25mg

  • Quantity: 90 capsules
  • Dose: One a day
  • Made in USA
  • Gluten Free
  • Added Vitamin B-12
  • Added Folic Acid
Vegan Iron Supplement

Plantfusion Complete Iron vitamin contains 25mg Iron as well as 25mcg Vitamin B-12 which helps make DNA, keep the nerve and blood cells healthy and 400mcg of Folic acid to aid the body in producing and maintaining new cells.

Plantfusion claims their product is “crafted clean” and is a 100% plant-based supplement. It does not contain any sugars, dairy, gluten, peanuts, preservatives, artificial colorants or flavours. They also say the supplement is easy on the digestive tract and highly absorbable.

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Iron 22mg

  • Quantity: 30 capsules 
  • Dose: One a day
  • Made in USA
  • Gluten-Free and Organic
  • Added Vitamin C
  • Added Vitamin B12
  • Added Folate
Vegan Iron Supplement

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Iron contains 22mg Iron, 25mg Vitamin C to help in the absorption of Iron, 500mcg Vitamin B12 which helps keep the nerve and blood cells healthy and 400mcg Folate which aids the body in making DNA.

Vitamin Code Raw Iron also contains raw probiotic and enzymes, to support the digestive tract meaning less stomach issues, this product is also gluten-free and organic.

It is made from 23 RAW fruits and vegetables together with natural food cofactors.

This supplement does contain dried yeast which may not be suitable for some people.

Floravital Iron and Herbs (Liquid)

  • Quantity: 8.5fl oz (25 servings per bottle)
  • Dose: 10ml
  • Made in Germany
Vegan Iron Supplement

Floravital Iron and Herbs is a liquid supplement containing 10mg Iron, 6.75mcg vitamin B12 which helps keep the blood cells and nerves healthy, 1.8mg vitamin B6 which aids the central nervous system, 2.25mg Thiamine that helps the body use carbohydrates as energy and 3.6mg Riboflavin which helps break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

Floravital Iron and Herbs do not contain any preservatives, colorants, or artificial flavourings. It is also gluten-free, lactose-free and non-GMO.

As this is a liquid supplement it’s a great alternative for anyone that struggles to swallow tablets.

Vegan Iron Supplement FAQ

WhatWhat is the best vegan iron supplement?

I recommend the Vitron-C Plus Vitamin C, however any of the supplements listed above are highly recommended, it all depends on what you are looking for from a supplement. These supplements are made to a high standard, meet vegan requirements and are gluten-free. A good quality supplement should have a clear, safe ingredient list with no added nasties.

Why do I need a vegan iron supplement?

Iron is vital for your body to function in your day to day life. Iron is a mineral, it plays a key role in your haemoglobin using your red blood cells to carry oxygen from your lungs around the rest of your body to your cells, tissues, and organs. Iron is stored in various parts of the body such as the liver and muscle tissue as Ferritin. It is then delivered around the body by transferrin which is a protein in the blood that binds to iron.

If you are not carrying enough oxygen in your blood you will start to feel very tired and weak, even the best night’s sleep won’t cure the fatigue.

There are two different kinds of Iron, Heme Iron, and Nonheme Iron.

Sources of Heme Iron include:

  • Organ Meat
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Tuna
  • Shellfish

Sources of nonheme Iron include:

  • Nuts and dried fruit
  • Whole Grains
  • Beans (dried and baked)
  • Lentils
  • Tofu
  • Seeds (Pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds ect)
  • Leafy green vegetables (Kale for example)

As vegans we rely solely on Nonheme Iron, nonheme Iron is less bioavailable than heme iron (according to the CDC heme iron is 2 -3 times more absorbable than non-heme Iron) and this is when deficiency can occur.

Iron Deficiency is the leading cause of anaemia, anaemia happens when your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to transport oxygen around the body. This leads to a number of symptoms including shortness of breath, pale skin, fatigue, weakness, headaches and an irregular heartbeat.

Should vegans take iron supplements?

 Absolutely yes, Vegans and vegetarians rely on nonheme Iron for their daily dose of Iron. Nonheme Iron isn’t as easily metabolized by the body because of naturally occurring absorption inhibitors.

 The institute of medicine stated that Iron requirements for vegetarians are 1.8 times higher when compared to the requirements of non-vegetarians. It was also found that a higher proportion of vegetarians had iron deficiency anaemia compared to meat-eaters.

 The national institute of health suggests that nonmeat eaters need to eat twice as much dietary iron as their meat-eating counterparts. This means that like many vegetarians, vegans find themselves suffering from symptoms of Iron deficiency, being exhausted, pale and short of breath isn’t being our best vegan selves.

How often should I take a vegan iron supplement?

 It’s recommended that you take an Iron supplement daily to avoid depleting your Iron stores, Iron is needed and used by your body every day. Please check the label on the Iron supplement you choose to ensure you are getting the correct dose for your age or gender.

The national institute of health states that women and athletes are at a naturally higher risk of iron deficiency, if you are pregnant or frequently give blood you may need a higher dose so please check the dose is meeting your needs.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Vitron C is my winner, it’s affordable and with the added Vitamin C it means you are getting the best results from the iron. Vitron C’s website is also very informative, giving advice and tips for customers.

I don’t think many people realise the sheer number of people affected by iron deficiency every year. Iron supplements have a place in any vegan’s arsenal, they play a key part in ensuring we keep ourselves in the best shape possible. Vegans and vegetarians are more likely to suffer from iron deficiency than those who eat meat and we must try to prevent being another statistic. The world health organisation recommends taking an Iron supplement to help prevent iron-deficient anaemia.

There are many good, affordable iron supplements out there, that are just a couple of clicks away and a tablet a day really can keep the doctor away. It is certainly worth adding an iron supplement to your daily routine.