VEG 1 is the nutritional vitamin and mineral supplement designed for vegans, by vegans. Launched back in 2005 and re-branded in 2021 with stunning plastic-free packaging, VEG 1 provides nutritional support alongside a healthy and balanced vegan diet, all for an affordable price. With a 6-month supply available for just £12.70, VEG 1 will cost you little over £2 per month, and offer EU nutrient reference values (NRVs) of vitamins B12, D3, iodine, selenium, B2, B6 and folic acid.
VEG 1 is:
- Affordable and reliable
- Designed to be taken once daily
- Available in orange and blackcurrant flavours
- Easy and convenient
- Completely plastic-free
It is important to chew VEG 1 to promote reliable absorption of its contents. The ideal way to use VEG 1 is to chew it during or immediately after a meal. The fat content of the meal may assist vitamin D absorption and the digestive process may give more consistent absorption of vitamin B12.
Yes. We test a sample of tablets from each batch of VEG 1 before it is released for sale and we also sometimes test tablets from old batches. This testing has demonstrated that the production of VEG 1 is reliable and that the ingredients are sufficiently stable over time. Iodine content in VEG 1 has been found to be much more consistent than found in published surveys of iodine supplements.
Yes. None of the ingredients in VEG 1 are problematic during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Indeed, its key nutrients (vitamin B12, iodine and vitamin D) are all particularly important during pregnancy. VEG 1 also contains folic acid which is recommended during pregnancy though the amount (200 µg) is less than that recommended during early pregnancy and while trying to conceive (400 µg).
Half of a VEG 1 tablet is suitable for children aged 3-12. Those 12+ can take the full tablet.
We also work with a network of wholesalers across the UK and Europe to bring VEG 1 right to your doorstep. A list of all stockist locations can be found below.
Végétal & Vous
Coco & Nuts Concept Store
Mon Epicerie Paris (VGJV SARL)
Forme and Zen
Societe Vegane Francias (Federation Vegane Francais)
Official Vegan Shop
Delivery and returns
UK – Orders to the UK are sent via Royal Mail 48 hours postage.
Target: 1-2 working days (up to 10 working days)
Rest of world - Orders to the rest of the world are shipped using Royal Mail and adhere to the time frames below:
Target: 3-7 working days (up to 21 days)
All UK orders do have tracking information. While this is not sent to you as standard as the updates are limited, if you email [email protected] the team will be able to provide you with your tracking number.
Overseas orders costing under £50 are not sent tracked unless specified by the customer before dispatch. International orders over the value of £50 (excluding postage) are sent with tracking. While we do try to email tracking information to overseas customers, sometimes these can be missed, so if your order is over £50 and you have not yet received a tracking number please email us at [email protected] so that we can provide you with it.
We recommend checking that the email you have used for placing your order is correct, up to date and your most used email address.
We are unable to accept claims for lost parcels until Royal Mail guidelines on lost parcel time have passed.
UK 48 hours: Target 2 Working Days (Up to 10 days)
Rest of World: Target 3-7 Working Days depending on location (Up to 21 days)
If this timeframe has passed and your order has still not arrived, please email [email protected] quoting your order number and we will offer a free of charge replacement or a full refund.
Pre-Brexit, goods purchased to the value of £135 or less were free from Customs Duty and not subject to Import Tax.
This would have applied to VEG 1, but the recent introduction of the IOSS (Import One-Stop-Shop Scheme) means that ALL goods are now susceptible to customs charges. As we are shipping from outside the EU, it is not possible for us to avoid these charges.
Please visit the ‘Where can I buy VEG 1?’ question above to find your nearest EU stockist and avoid customs charges.
Returns are accepted within 14 days of the delivery date, as long as the tin is unopened. We do not accept returns of products that have been opened. If you wish to return an unopened tin, email us at [email protected] to let us know and please note that the postage cost of any return is the responsibility of the customer.
If the product is faulty, please let us know by emailing [email protected] and we will refund the full amount or offer a free of charge replacement.
The packaging is 100% plastic-free and made from aluminium. Aluminium is the perfect packaging option for multivitamins. It has a low moisture transition rate and protects from reactive elements in the air, keeping VEG 1 fresh. Here are some facts about aluminium:
- Aluminium and other metals can be recycled infinitely, without any degradation in quality.
- An astonishing 80% of all metal ever produced in the world is still in use today.
- Metal packaging is recycled more than any other primary packaging material.
- 75% of all aluminium is recycled in the UK. In comparison, less than half of all plastic is recycled.
All postage materials used are also completely free of plastic. Visit this blog post to find out more.
Once you have finished a pot of VEG 1, the tin can be recycled. The great thing about metal is it can be recycled infinitely, without any degradation in quality. This quality also makes the tins great for re-purposing and up-cycling, and we encourage our customers to get crafty with their old tins! Check out some of our ideas how to do this, and if you do give it a go, we’d love to see your creation! Send any images to [email protected]
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), iodine, selenium, vitamin B2, vitamin B6 and folic acid.
Cyanocobalamin is used because it is stable and it is readily converted in the body to methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin which are the two active forms of vitamin B12. Here is an independent commentary on the different forms of cobalamin (vitamin B12).
VEG 1 contains 0.625 grams (a sixth of a teaspoon) of sugar. Sugar is used because it provides a stable, palatable and chewable base for the tablets. These properties are important as chewing improves the reliability of vitamin B12 absorption and the supplement is intended for children as well as adults.
The only potential adverse effect of such a small amount of sugar would be to slightly increase risk of tooth decay and this can be minimised if VEG 1 is taken with or immediately after a meal.
We have looked at alternatives – including fruit extracts, stevia and xylitol –but have not found an equally satisfactory alternative. Fruit extracts were impractical due to instability. Stevia has a distinctive taste and there is a legal limit to the amount that can be used per kilo. To match the current sweetness level of VEG 1, we would need to exceed this. If xylitol is used at levels of over 10% of the total product weight the product has to carry the warning: “excessive consumption may cause laxative effects”.
The D3 in VEG 1 is derived from naturally occurring D3 in lichen. Usually D3 in supplements comes from animals via the action of ultraviolet radiation on their skin or is derived from cholesterol obtained from lanolin (also from animals). We include the word lichen to make it more obvious that the D3 in the VEG 1 formula is suitable for vegans and does not come from animals.
Scientific trials have directly shown clear benefits from folic acid in reducing the incidence of birth defects. An intake of 400µg/day is recommended while trying to conceive and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Folic acid, vitamin B2 and vitamin B6 were included as they act along with vitamin B12 to reduce homocysteine. The amounts included were 100% of the recommended intake at the time and were intended to make sure there was no weak link in reducing homocysteine levels though insufficient vitamin B12 is the reason elevated homocysteine levels are seen in vegans.
Calcium intake can easily be low in vegan diets but this can be readily addressed by dietary choices, e.g. using fortified soy milks, calcium-set tofu and green leafy vegetables. Including calcium in VEG 1 would also conflict with palatability and chewability.
We consider that a varied mostly whole-food vegan diet provides sufficient zinc.
Dietary changes can easily improve the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats in the diet. For example, sunflower/corn oil can be replaced with rapeseed oil. Fatty acid supplements are normally provided as oil-filled capsules so could not easily be combined with the other ingredients of VEG 1.
For queries relating to your order, you can get in touch by emailing sales[at]vegansociety[dot]com or telephone at 0121 523 1730.