Why We Started Future Kind

Confused by supplements?

The truth is a lot of supplement brands like it that way.

Through fear mongering and exaggeration, they trick us into buying products that we not only don’t need, but can actually do us harm.

When we first became vegan, we had the usual questions…

    🤔 Where will I get my protein?
    🤔 What about calcium?
    🤔 Will I die tomorrow of a B12 deficiency & who will feed my rabbit if I do?

Turns out government guidelines are swayed by food lobbyists and most doctors, while we have a great deal of respect for them, tend to have very little nutrition training.

In fact the whole medical industry is geared more toward treating illness, rather than preventing it in the first place.

So we set off on our own to work out what supplements we really need, looking at independent research, consulting with registered dieticians and scientists and eventually taking courses in plant-based nutrition ourselves.

What supplements should vegans & those on plant-based diets take?

NOTE: Most of our customers are vegan or are on largely plant-based diets, but Future Kind is taken by thousands of people around the world on different diets. For information for omnivores and other diets, scroll down.

The good news

Vegan diets tend to be lower in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol, which is why we have lower rates of cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

We also tend to consume more iron, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, dietary fiber, and phytochemicals than omnivores, thanks to eating more fruits and vegetables.

The not so good news

Vegans tend to consume less long-chain n–3 (omega-3) fatty acids, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B12.

But what should vegans supplement?

The most important supplements vegan should consider taking (according to Dr Michael Greger and Examine.com) are:

Vitamin B12

Learn more

  • B12 is produced by bacteria in the dirt. Interestingly, farm animals are now given B12 supplements, which is where the majority of omnivores get their B12 from. Vegans can skip the farm animals and get the supplement directly.

  • Up to 90% of vegans are not getting enough B12, which is crucial for essential body functions. Vegans absolutely must supplement B12. This is no natural source of B12 in a vegan diet.

  • Some foods like nutritional yeast, or nooch, are fortified with B12 (that is B12 supplements are added to it), but relying on this as a source of B12 is problematic, because it can be hard to know how much B12 we’re getting.

  • Vegans should get at least 50mcg a day, or 2000mcg a week. Those over 65 should aim for 1000mcg a day.

  • B12 is water-soluble, which means you urinate any excess out, so it’s hard to take too much.

  • There are two main types of B12: methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin. Both have been found to be safe and effective as we don’t advocate one form over the other. However, in our Essential for Vegans we also include another form of B12, adenosylcobalamin, to ensure optimal absorption.

Omega-3

Learn more

  • Omega-3 is essential for our brain health.

  • There are three main types of Omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA and ALA.

  • Vegans can get plenty of ALA in their diet from foods like walnut and flax seeds. Some ALA converts to EPA and DHA, but it’s a very inefficient process, so it’s generally recommended that we supplement Omega-3.

  • Most people think of fish oil, but fish oil has been found to contain increasing levels of pollutants, like PCBs.

  • The fish get their Omega-3 from algae. Fortunately vegans can skip the fish and go straight to an algae-derived Omega-3, that’s rich in EPA and DHA.

Vitamin D3

Learn more

  • Vitamin D is essential for our bone and teeth health.

  • For those in the U.S., you can get enough Vitamin D through 15 to 30 minutes of daily sun exposure (the darker your skin, the longer you need exposure), or a daily dose of 2000IU of Vitamin D. For those that live in, or above, LA, Dallas or Atlanta, from December to January, you need to supplement Vitamin D as the sun isn’t strong enough.

  • Frequent sun exposure can cause skin cancer. Vitamin D supplements are safe and effective, up to 4000IU a day.

  • There are two forms of Vitamin D, D2 and D3. They both do the same thing, but the D3 version may have some benefits when it comes to longevity. Beware: Most D3 supplements are made from lanolin, which is from sheep's wool. We get our D3 from lichen.

NOTE: This is why we created Essential for Vegans, containing just B12, Vitamin D and Omega-3. It’s our number one product and taken by thousands of vegans around the world. Check it out here. We also sell B12, Vitamin D and Omega-3 individually.

Are there other supplements vegans should consider taking?

  1. Iodine - If you eat a lot of processed food with iodized salt then you might get enough iodine, otherwise consider taking 150mcg a day, like ours. Iodine is essential for thyroid health which impacts our weight management.

  2. Calcium - You can get enough calcium from vegetables, but it can be hard. Synthetic calcium supplements can be problematic though, which is why we developed our whole food plant-derived calcium made from algae.

  3. Iron - Only supplement iron if you have had your blood tested by a doctor. Younger women in particular tend to have lower levels, but men on the other hand can have too much iron, which can lead to metal poisoning. Combining Vitamin C with iron can help absorption, which is why we created our vegan iron supplement.

What supplements should vegan kids and babies take?

vegan vitamins for kids
  1. B12 - After infants are weaned, they should start on 5 micrograms of B12 a day; from ages 4 through 10 they can take half the adult dose of 25 mcg a day; and then at age 11, they can take 50 a day or 2,000 a week.

  2. Iron - Breastfed babies should be given iron drops from 4 to 6 months. The dose should be 1 mg/kg/day. After 6 months they should only take iron if they’re deficient.

  3. Vitamin D - Breastfed babies should get 400IU a day.

Once they’re 11 years old and able to swallow softgels, we recommend our Essential for Vegans

P.S. Our friends over at Plant Based Juniors are a great source of information. Definitely get their book!

How To Get Started

We divide our supplements into two categories:

❤️
Essentials - Nutrients our bodies need because we’re not getting enough of them through our diet. We need them for vital body functions like brain and cell development.
😊
Nice-to-haves - Nutrients that you can survive without, but will help address specific issues. E.G. Ashwagandha can help with stress support, protein can help build muscle.

To begin, you can do our quiz to get specific recommendations for what supplements to consider:

Or if you prefer to read, here is what we recommend:

STEP ONE: Choose a multivitamin

  1. Essential for Vegans - The perfect foundation for vegan and plant-based diets.
  2. Complete Multivitamin - For those on other diets, or looking for a multivitamin with more nutrients. If you’re vegan, you’ll want to combine this with our Omega-3.
  3. Vegan Prenatal - The world’s first prenatal specifically designed for vegan and plant-based diets, with enough B12. If you’re vegan, you’ll want to combine this with our Omega-3.
  4. Organic Kids Multi Gummy - A complete multivitamin for kids from 2 onwards. For vegan kids, we recommend combining it with our B12 gummies.

STEP TWO: Add specific essential vitamins and minerals based on your personal needs

  1. Iodine - If you’re vegan and don’t eat much processed food or iodized salt.
  2. Iron - If suggested to you by your doctor.
  3. Magnesium - If suggested to you by your doctor. Can help with sleep.
  4. Calcium - If you’re not eating enough calcium rich vegetables or Calcium-fortified foods
  5. B12 (Chewables, gummies or spray) - If you want to skip the multivitamins.
  6. Zinc - If suggested to you by your doctor.
  7. Vitamin C - If you don’t eat many fruits and vegetables.

 

STEP THREE: Add supplements based on problems or outcomes you’re looking to achieve:

  1. Weight management & muscle gain - check out our delicious Vanilla and Chocolate Protein powders, as well as our Apple Cider Vinegar gummies.
  2. Joint and longevity - Turmeric Capsules and Turmeric Gummies.
  3. Focus & stress management - Super Plant Complex and Mushroom Complex
  4. Skin, hair & nail health - Biotin and Collagen
  5. Immunity & health - Elderberry, Liver Cleanse, Eye Love, Vitamin C Gummies
  6. Sleep - Sleep Gummies and Sleep Capsules
  7. Digestion - Organic Probiotic Gummies and 30 Billion Probiotic Capsules.

What Makes Future Kind Different?

  1. Founded by vegans who understand our unique nutrition profile
  2. Sustainable - We use glass bottles where possible or 100% recycled material. All shipments are carbon offset.
  3. Clean ingredients and third party testing for every batch.
  4. Honest & authentic - We’re tired of corporate jargon and faceless companies.
  5. Animal sanctuary support - We’ve donated over $30,000 to vegan animal sanctuaries.

Is Future Kind safe?

All our supplements are manufactured in the USA at GMP certified & FDA regulated facilities.

Once each batch is done, we test the products for purity of the ingredients and impurities (like heavy metals, salmonella etc.).

We then send it to a third party lab, Dyad, for independent testing to double check the quality. You’re welcome to contact us for the latest results for any particular product.

Is Future Kind legit?

Hilariously this is one of the most googled search terms when it comes to Future Kind related search queries, so we thought we better address this one!

We’re Shaun & Eliot, Aussies, brothers, vegans and plant-based nutritionists. While we’re Aussie, Future Kind is made in the U.S.

We went vegan primarily for the animals, but were also blown away when we discovered the environmental and health benefits.

We started Future Kind in 2019 and are a certified B Corp, which means we’ve been independently verified to meet the highest social and environmental standards (like Patagonia).

We started Future Kind to help the planet shift to a plant-based diet and to become a major source of funding for vegan animal sanctuaries.

We have over 1,600 reviews which you can read here

What supplements should omnivores and other diets take?

This really depends on your diet and what nutrition gaps you might have.

If you eat a healthy whole food diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and grains, then you might not need any specific vitamins or minerals, but instead might benefit from our “nice-to-haves”. Hit the “shop by goal” button below to see what we have.

If you don’t eat a lot of the above, you might consider our Complete Multivitamin, containing over 42 ingredients with fruits, veggies, enzymes and probiotics.

DISCLAIMER: None of this is medical advice and it should only be used as a guide. As always, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor before taking any supplement, though make sure you’re armed with information before you do, as a lot of them have limited training when it comes to nutrition. Registered Dieticians are your best source of truth when it comes to nutrition.

We also recommend researching on Dr Michael Gregers website NutritionFacts.org (Note: we have absolutely no affiliation with Dr Michael Greger. We actually tried to bring him on as a consultant but he refused us as it would jeopardise his integrity, which makes us respect him all the more!). Examine.com is also a good source, particularly this page.

Why We Started Future Kind

Confused by supplements?

The truth is a lot of supplement brands like it that way.

Through fear mongering and exaggeration, they trick us into buying products that we not only don’t need, but can actually do us harm.

When we first became vegan, we had the usual questions…

    🤔 Where will I get my protein?
    🤔 What about calcium?
    🤔 Will I die tomorrow of a B12 deficiency &
        who will feed my rabbit if I do?

Turns out government guidelines are swayed by food lobbyists and most doctors, while we have a great deal of respect for them, tend to have very little nutrition training.

In fact the whole medical industry is geared more toward treating illness, rather than preventing it in the first place.

So we set off on our own to work out what supplements we really need, looking at independent research, consulting with registered dieticians and scientists and eventually taking courses in plant-based nutrition ourselves.

What supplements should vegans & those on plant-based diets take?

NOTE: Most of our customers are vegan or are on largely plant-based diets, but Future Kind is taken by thousands of people around the world on different diets. For information for omnivores and other diets, scroll down.

The good news

Vegan diets tend to be lower in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol, which is why we have lower rates of cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

We also tend to consume more iron, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, dietary fiber, and phytochemicals than omnivores, thanks to eating more fruits and vegetables.

The not so good news

Vegans tend to consume less long-chain n–3 (omega-3) fatty acids, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B12.

But what should vegans supplement?

The most important supplements vegan should consider taking (according to Dr Michael Greger and Examine.com) are:

Vitamin B12

Learn more

  • B12 is produced by bacteria in the dirt. Interestingly, farm animals are now given B12 supplements, which is where the majority of omnivores get their B12 from. Vegans can skip the farm animals and get the supplement directly.

  • Up to 90% of vegans are not getting enough B12, which is crucial for essential body functions. Vegans absolutely must supplement B12. This is no natural source of B12 in a vegan diet.

  • Some foods like nutritional yeast, or nooch, are fortified with B12 (that is B12 supplements are added to it), but relying on this as a source of B12 is problematic, because it can be hard to know how much B12 we’re getting.

  • Vegans should get at least 50mcg a day, or 2000mcg a week. Those over 65 should aim for 1000mcg a day.

  • B12 is water-soluble, which means you urinate any excess out, so it’s hard to take too much.

  • There are two main types of B12: methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin. Both have been found to be safe and effective as we don’t advocate one form over the other. However, in our Essential for Vegans we also include another form of B12, adenosylcobalamin, to ensure optimal absorption.

Omega-3

Learn more

  • Omega-3 is essential for our brain health.

  • There are three main types of Omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA and ALA.

  • Vegans can get plenty of ALA in their diet from foods like walnut and flax seeds. Some ALA converts to EPA and DHA, but it’s a very inefficient process, so it’s generally recommended that we supplement Omega-3.

  • Most people think of fish oil, but fish oil has been found to contain increasing levels of pollutants, like PCBs.
  • The fish get their Omega-3 from algae. Fortunately vegans can skip the fish and go straight to an algae-derived Omega-3, that’s rich in EPA and DHA.

Vitamin D3

Learn more

  • Vitamin D is essential for our bone and teeth health.

  • For those in the U.S., you can get enough Vitamin D through 15 to 30 minutes of daily sun exposure (the darker your skin, the longer you need exposure), or a daily dose of 2000IU of Vitamin D. For those that live in, or above, LA, Dallas or Atlanta, from December to January, you need to supplement Vitamin D as the sun isn’t strong enough.

  • Frequent sun exposure can cause skin cancer. Vitamin D supplements are safe and effective, up to 4000IU a day.

  • There are two forms of Vitamin D, D2 and D3. They both do the same thing, but the D3 version may have some benefits when it comes to longevity. Beware: Most D3 supplements are made from lanolin, which is from sheep's wool. We get our D3 from lichen.

NOTE: This is why we created Essential for Vegans, containing just B12, Vitamin D and Omega-3. It’s our number one product and taken by thousands of vegans around the world. Check it out here. We also sell B12, Vitamin D and Omega-3 individually.

Are there other supplements vegans should consider taking?

  1. Iodine - If you eat a lot of processed food with iodized salt then you might get enough iodine, otherwise consider taking 150mcg a day, like ours. Iodine is essential for thyroid health which impacts our weight management.

  2. Calcium - You can get enough calcium from vegetables, but it can be hard. Synthetic calcium supplements can be problematic though, which is why we developed our whole food plant-derived calcium made from algae.

  3. Iron - Only supplement iron if you have had your blood tested by a doctor. Younger women in particular tend to have lower levels, but men on the other hand can have too much iron, which can lead to metal poisoning. Combining Vitamin C with iron can help absorption, which is why we created our vegan iron supplement.

What supplements should vegan kids and babies take?

vegan vitamins for kids
  1. B12 - After infants are weaned, they should start on 5 micrograms of B12 a day; from ages 4 through 10 they can take half the adult dose of 25 mcg a day; and then at age 11, they can take 50 a day or 2,000 a week.

  2. Iron - Breastfed babies should be given iron drops from 4 to 6 months. The dose should be 1 mg/kg/day. After 6 months they should only take iron if they’re deficient.

  3. Vitamin D - Breastfed babies should get 400IU a day.

Once they’re 11 years old and able to swallow softgels, we recommend our Essential for Vegans

P.S. Our friends over at Plant Based Juniors are a great source of information. Definitely get their book!

How To Get Started

We divide our supplements into two categories:

❤️ Essentials - Nutrients our bodies need because we’re not getting enough of them through our diet. We need them for vital body functions like brain and cell development.
😊 Nice-to-haves - Nutrients that you can survive without, but will help address specific issues. E.G. Ashwagandha can help with stress support, protein can help build muscle.

To begin, you can do our quiz to get specific recommendations for what supplements to consider:

Or if you prefer to read, here is what we recommend:

STEP ONE: Choose a multivitamin

  1. Essential for Vegans - The perfect foundation for vegan and plant-based diets.
  2. Complete Multivitamin - For those on other diets, or looking for a multivitamin with more nutrients. If you’re vegan, you’ll want to combine this with our Omega-3.
  3. Vegan Prenatal - The world’s first prenatal specifically designed for vegan and plant-based diets, with enough B12. If you’re vegan, you’ll want to combine this with our Omega-3.
  4. Organic Kids Multi Gummy - A complete multivitamin for kids from 2 onwards. For vegan kids, we recommend combining it with our B12 gummies.

STEP TWO: Add specific essential vitamins and minerals based on your personal needs

  1. Iodine - If you’re vegan and don’t eat much processed food or iodized salt.
  2. Iron - If suggested to you by your doctor.
  3. Magnesium - If suggested to you by your doctor. Can help with sleep.
  4. Calcium - If you’re not eating enough calcium rich vegetables or Calcium-fortified foods
  5. B12 (Chewables, gummies or spray) - If you want to skip the multivitamins.
  6. Zinc - If suggested to you by your doctor.
  7. Vitamin C - If you don’t eat many fruits and vegetables.

 

STEP THREE: Add supplements based on problems or outcomes you’re looking to achieve:

  1. Weight management & muscle gain - check out our delicious Vanilla and Chocolate Protein powders, as well as our Apple Cider Vinegar gummies.
  2. Joint and longevity - Turmeric Capsules and Turmeric Gummies.
  3. Focus & stress management - Super Plant Complex and Mushroom Complex
  4. Skin, hair & nail health - Biotin and Collagen
  5. Immunity & health - Elderberry, Liver Cleanse, Eye Love, Vitamin C Gummies
  6. Sleep - Sleep Gummies and Sleep Capsules
  7. Digestion - Organic Probiotic Gummies and 30 Billion Probiotic Capsules.

What Makes Future Kind Different?

  1. Founded by vegans who understand our unique nutrition profile
  2. Sustainable - We use glass bottles where possible or 100% recycled material. All shipments are carbon offset.
  3. Clean ingredients and third party testing for every batch.
  4. Honest & authentic - We’re tired of corporate jargon and faceless companies.
  5. Animal sanctuary support - We’ve donated over $30,000 to vegan animal sanctuaries.

Is Future Kind safe?

All our supplements are manufactured in the USA at GMP certified & FDA regulated facilities.

Once each batch is done, we test the products for purity of the ingredients and impurities (like heavy metals, salmonella etc.).

We then send it to a third party lab, Dyad, for independent testing to double check the quality. You’re welcome to contact us for the latest results for any particular product.

Is Future Kind legit?

Hilariously this is one of the most googled search terms when it comes to Future Kind related search queries, so we thought we better address this one!

We’re Shaun & Eliot, Aussies, brothers, vegans and plant-based nutritionists. While we’re Aussie, Future Kind is made in the U.S.

We went vegan primarily for the animals, but were also blown away when we discovered the environmental and health benefits.

We started Future Kind in 2019 and are a certified B Corp, which means we’ve been independently verified to meet the highest social and environmental standards (like Patagonia).

We started Future Kind to help the planet shift to a plant-based diet and to become a major source of funding for vegan animal sanctuaries.

We have over 1,600 reviews which you can read here

What supplements should omnivores and other diets take?

This really depends on your diet and what nutrition gaps you might have.

If you eat a healthy whole food diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and grains, then you might not need any specific vitamins or minerals, but instead might benefit from our “nice-to-haves”. Hit the “shop by goal” button below to see what we have.

If you don’t eat a lot of the above, you might consider our Complete Multivitamin, containing over 42 ingredients with fruits, veggies, enzymes and probiotics.

DISCLAIMER: None of this is medical advice and it should only be used as a guide. As always, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor before taking any supplement, though make sure you’re armed with information before you do, as a lot of them have limited training when it comes to nutrition. Registered Dieticians are your best source of truth when it comes to nutrition.

We also recommend researching on Dr Michael Gregers website NutritionFacts.org (Note: we have absolutely no affiliation with Dr Michael Greger. We actually tried to bring him on as a consultant but he refused us as it would jeopardise his integrity, which makes us respect him all the more!). Examine.com is also a good source, particularly this page.