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If you have ever told your friends or family you’re considering a vegan diet or have been eating plant-based, you’re probably familiar with that good old look of bewilderment and endless sea of questions about how you manage to get enough of *fill in the blank* (some favorites include: protein, iron, vitamins?, omega-3s, etc.). As with any diet you ascribe to, there is a possibility that you might not be getting all the nutrients you need to thrive from your food choices alone. Companies (and the government) have been enriching unassuming products with extra nutrients like thiamine, iodine, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K for ages – just check out the nutrition facts on any box of cereal and you’ll see an example of this. But if you choose to skip processed foods and go for a whole food plant-based diet that is comprised mainly of fresh produce, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, there are some key nutrients that you will inevitably miss out on. Vitamin B12, for example, is found in animal products, and while it can be synthesized in a vegan form, you need to take it as a supplement.

There is a lot of evidence that points to the long-term health benefits of eating a primarily plant-based diet, and there is no doubting the fact that removing meat and dairy can drastically lower the environmental footprint of your food choices, yet many people are turned off by the idea of eating plant-based by the perceived nutritional shortcomings.

This is a problem that Matt Tullman, CEO of Alpine Organics, confronted himself when he decided to start eating plant-based for health reasons. After watching his family members undergo serious illnesses, Matt started researching the ways that diet can be used as preventative medicine. Diving into The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and the work of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, he came to the conclusion that sticking to a whole food, plant-based diet was the best-proven way to maintain his personal health.

In a recent episode of the #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias podcast, Matt shared about his own struggles with a plant-based diet. While he saw some of the initial benefits of eating plant-based like sustained weight loss and higher energy levels, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid-like inflammation and also noticed that his wife, who was eating plant-based as well, was not thriving either. Thanks to some amount of trial-and-error and blood tests, he discovered he needed to be supplementing with B12, Vitamins D3 as well as DHA and EPA. Seeing a gap in the health market for a product that would fit these needs and help other people eating a vegan diet to thrive, he decided to found Alpine Organics with the help of Matt Frazier and launch their premier product, Complement.

Unlike other supplements, Complement is a convenient spray that is packed with nutrients missing from a plant-based diet. Complement is all natural, vegan, and non-GMO and contains the purest possible form of B12, Vitamin D3, as well as DHA and EPA fatty acids. It can be easily sprayed on food, into beverages or just taken straight to the mouth and makes supplementing incredibly easy.

If you’re interested in trying Complement, click here for an exclusive offer. 

In the interview, Matt gets more into his story as an entrepreneur and how he turned his own interest in improving people’s health – and ultimately keeping them out of the hospital – into a growing company. To learn more about his journey and plans to transform the plant-based supplement space, listen in!

You can listen to the full episode below or on the following platforms: iTunesSpotifyStitcher, and Google Play. 


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2 Months Ago

The only thing my vegan diet is missing is the murder of innocent beings. I profiled my normal daily intake (of plants) on a nutrition app and i consumed at least 100% or more of almost every nutrient out there. Amino acids included. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is missing far far more nutrients than a varied plant based diet. Please stop with the false information.

2 Months Ago

I thought this was a "real" article, but its simply ad spam. Seriously? I\'m so happy that he was able to solve his vegan deficiency problems by creating his own line of supplements which he wants us to buy. And this article is so pathetic with its facts. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D, as it comes primarily from the sun, and supplementing is common, or should be. Nothing new there and this applies to anyone, vegan or not. Nutritional yeast is a great source of B vitamines including B12, and very inexpensive. A vegan diet that includes a wide ranges of vegetabls, fruits, legumes, grains, and beans will supply you with all the vitamins, protein , minerals, that you need. DHA and omega 3 included. So please stop spamming us. Its bad enough that this is just an ad in disguise, but the information is just so off base.

2 Months Ago

Shame on you OGP, putting this ad up front as if it were a real thing. For example, Vitamin B3, B12, B6 - we\'re all deficient in them unless we eat cow organs, so everyone should take a supplement, ditto Vitamin D if you don\'t have at least three episodes a day with the sun regularly. If you don\'t want to take a B supplement, use Nutritional Yeast on food as many people already do.
The usual sources, seafood and nuts, that adults eat are not appropriate for a 7 month old. Most infant formulas are now fortified with DHA, If baby is breast feeding, some of the appropriate for age foods that are higher in DHA are winter squashes (esp spaghetti squash), beans including black beans and kidney beans, and wild rice (which is actually a grass, not a grain). All sorts of things include DHA and Omega 3, including beans, black breans, wild rice, winter squash, all nuts, etc. You can\'t have a "healthy" website and keep publishing this misleading information.


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