Seven Nutrients You Can’t Get From Plants

According to research; there are seven nutrients you can’t get from plants. When changing from a meat based diet to a planet based diet, you will need to pay attention to certain nutrients. Regardless of the diet you are on, I recommend taking supplements (vitamins, minerals, probiotics, CBD).

Since many of us have consumed meat based diet since we are infants, there are certain nutrients we will need in the mean time while our body adjusts to a new diet.

Vitamin B12

The symptoms and risks associated with vitamin B12 deficiency include:

  • weakness, fatigue
  • impaired brain function
  • neurological disorders
  • psychiatric disorders
  • neurological disorders in babies of breastfeeding mothers
  • megaloblastic anemia
  • possible links to Alzheimer’s disease
  • possible links to heart disease


Creatine is a molecule found in animal foods. Most of it is stored in your muscles but significant amounts are also concentrated in your brain.

It functions as an easily accessible energy reserve for muscle cells, giving them greater strength and endurance.

For this reason, it’s one of the world’s most popular supplements for muscle building. Studies show that creatine supplements can increase both muscle mass and strength.


Carnosine is an antioxidant that’s concentrated in the muscles and brain of humans and animals.

It’s very important for muscle function, and high levels of carnosine in muscles are linked to reduced muscle fatigue and improved performance.

Carnosine is only found in animal-based foods. However, it’s considered nonessential, since your body can form it from the amino acids histidine and beta-alanine.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient with many important functions. Also called the sunshine vitamin, it doesn’t have to come from your diet.

Your skin can produce vitamin D when it’s exposed to sunlight. However, if your sunlight exposure is limited or you live far from the equator, you must get it from food or supplements.

There are two types of dietary vitamin D:

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid that’s important for normal brain development and function.

Deficiency in DHA can have adverse effects on mental health and brain function, especially in children. In addition, inadequate DHA intake in pregnant women may adversely affect fetal brain development.

It’s mainly found in fatty fish, fish oil, and certain types of microalgae.

Heme iron

Heme iron is a type of iron found only in meat, especially red meat. It’s much better absorbed than non-heme iron, which is commonly found in plant foods.

Heme iron also improves your absorption of non-heme iron from plant foods. This phenomenon is not entirely understood but is called the meat factor.


Taurine is a sulfur compound found in various body tissues, including your brain, heart, and kidneys.

While its bodily function is not entirely clear, it appears to play a role in muscle function, bile salt formation, and antioxidant defenses.

Taurine is found only in animal-sourced foods, such as fish, seafood, meat, poultry, and dairy products.

Hemp Protein Plus Creatine

Using a hemp protein supplement plus creatine you will essentially mimic the intake of animal protein, however, much healthier. Consuming a multi-vitamin, mineral supplement, plus any other additional vitamin supplements will help the body transition to a vegan diet over a period of time (3 – 12 months).

iron rich foods no meat or dairy

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