Do Plant-Based Supplements Work?

plant-based supplements

By Ralli Petrova

We asked the number one question about plant-based supplements, and here is what we found….

In a world full of supplements, vitamins and products promising to boost your immune system and better your overall health, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Using famous faces and fancy marketing has allowed companies to sell an image to the consumer that does not always end up living up to its claims. Regardless of your diet, it can often be difficult to get all the micronutrients your body needs daily, so it is understandable that so many of us get sucked in by the supplement market.

We delved in to the world of supplements to find out the truth- what actually benefits our bodies? Is there a difference between plant-based and animal derived supplements? And most importantly, DOES IT WORK?

Protein and creatine: the hype is there for a reason.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have seen Instagram influencers promoting an abundance of protein and creatine powders. Before this became such a saturated market, these supplements have been making a difference to weight lifters and fitness freaks for years. As we all know, protein powder increases your daily protein intake, leading to muscle growth. Creatine is like protein’s sidekick: it helps to speed up muscle growth and boosts performance during exercise.

However, the lesser known functions of creatine are also something to shout about. It has also been shown to boost cognitive function and memory, since the brain uses ATP when performing more difficult tasks. Animal flesh is the only dietary source of creatine, meaning vegetarians and those with plant-based diets will not benefit from it unless using supplements. Therefore, if you want to benefit from these effects, creatine monohydrate supplements are essential for a plant-based diet.

It may seem like a clever marketing strategy, but the hype is real when it comes to protein and creatine: they should be staples in every plant-based athlete’s diet.

Plant-based vs. animal derived or synthetic:

When seeing vitamins and supplements on the shelf, it is easy to think that they are all made the same. Plant-based sources are made from fruits, leaves, seeds and many other botanical sources. The table below shows an example of a supplement, with both the plant-based source and other source equivalent.

Supplement Plant-based Source Non-plant-based Source
Vitamin C Fruit and Berries Acetone
Vitamin D Mushrooms Lanolin (Sourced From Sheep’s Wool)
Iron Murraya Koenigii Leaves Sulphuric Acid
Omega 3 Algae Fish Guts

(Source: https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/plant-based-supplements/)

So, why does it matter? Well, apart from the obvious dietary issues, plant-based supplements offer several benefits over other sources.

They are less likely to be toxic, as synthetic supplements often offer 100% of your RDA (recommended daily allowance) of certain vitamins. This can lead to vitamin toxicity, which can be fatal. Also, when isolating specific compounds, you lose other nutrients which can only be found in plant-based sources. This means that you are getting fewer nutritional benefits from your supplement and losing out on nutrients you may not be getting from your diet.

Roar Potential’s Super Greens is packed with 16 plant-based superfoods such as spirulina and spinach, meaning that your body will not be battling to absorb synthetic supplements or be in danger of vitamin toxicity.

Does it work?

So far, we have explored the benefits of some popular supplements, and the difference between plant-based and other sources of nutrients. The answer to our question is simple: supplements will work if you are using them properly. By being aware of what nutrients you are putting into your body and how effective they will be for your lifestyle, you can control the benefits you gain from them.

Plant-based supplements are a natural source of nutrients that your body needs, and often do not isolate certain ingredients so that you can profit from all the source has to offer. Apart from the obvious benefit of not harming animals, plant-based supplements are just as (if not more) effective as synthetic ones and will often give you more benefits than you may realise!