The list below includes supplements on the Physician Formulas web site that are suitable for Vegetarians.
Are you vegetarian or Vegan? Do you realize that you may be missing certain important nutrients or perhaps not getting enough of them for optimal health? Consider Veg Rx, formulated by world renowned nutritional expert and medical doctor Ray Sahelian, M.D. Click below the image on your right.
Physician Formulas carries hundreds of supplements. The following are the ones suited for vegetarians:
Agaricus - an immune stimulating mushroom.
Aloe-Vera from freshly extracted aloe vera juice.
Alpha-GPC for mind enhancement.
Amla great source of vitamin C.
Apple-Cider-Vinegar in tablet form.
Andrographis for immune system.
Arabinogalactans from the western larch tree.
Arginine-Powder converts into nitric oxide.
Arjuna used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Ashwagandha - for mood, relaxation, sexual enhancement, and balance.
Astragalus used in Chinese medicine.
Bacopa Monniera mental enhancement herb.
Bee-Pollen great source of nutrients.
Benfotiamine potent derivative of thiamin, vitamin B1.
Beta-Glucan excellent fiber for maintain healthy blood lipid levels.
Betaine-hcl - for digestion
Boswellia with boswellic acids.
Broccoli-Sprouts with sulphoraphane.
Calcium for stronger bones.
Carotenoids great mix of carotenoids.
Cascara-Sagrada for healthy bowel function.
Chlorella - a superfood. See image on right.
Chondroitin-Sulfate for joint health.
Cinnamon for blood sugar.
Cinnamon-6 with several herbs for blood sugar management.
Citrulline increases arginine formation.
Cordyceps mushroom extract.
Creatine is found in muscles.
Deer-Antler-Velvet for sexual enhancement.
DIM - Diindolylmethane
Echinacea immune herb.
Eyesight-Rx for vision support.
Genistein a soy isoflavone.
Ginger for nausea.
Ginkgo-Biloba for mental enhancement.
Glucosamine Sulfate for joint health.
Guggul Ayurvedic herb.
Iron as amino acid chelate.
Kava-Liquid for relaxation.
Licorice - chewable tablets.
Lysine - amino acid.
Magnesium - mineral.
Maitake - mushroom.
Melatonin - hormone from pineal gland.
Mucuna-Pruriens - for mood, energy, and sexual enhancement. Mucuna pruriens increases dopamine levels.
Nattokinase - enzyme from natto.
Niacin - B vitamin.
Pantothenic acid - vitamin B5.
Pau-Darco - South American herb.
Phenylalanine - an amino acid.
Policosanol - from sugar cane.
Pregnenolone - a potent hormone.
Probiotic - friendly bacteria.
Psyllium - for extra fiber.
Pycnogenol - pine bark extract.
Quercetin - a potent flavonoid.
Red-Yeast-Rice - extract.
Reishi - mushroom extract.
Resveratrol - red wine extract touted as potent antioxidant.
Rhodiola - energy herb.
Sam-e - for better mood.
Selenium - antioxidant mineral.
Serrapeptase - silk worm enzyme.
Spirulina - a superfood. See image on right.
Stevia-Clear-Liquid can be added to tea or coffee as a natural sweetener without calories. Tastes great with lemonade.
Sytrinol - for cholesterol management
Taurine - amino acid.
Trimethylglycine - TMG, methyl donor.
Tryptophan - converts into 5-HTP which converts into serotonin, a neurotransmitter
Vitamin-B12 - essential for a vegetarian or vegan.
Zinc-Lozenge used at the onset of throat symptoms during cold season
As a Vegan or Vegetarian, are you getting all the nutrients for optimal health?
According to respected and world renowned nutrition expert Ray Sahelian, M.D., some vegetarians may not be getting the appropriate amount of certain nutrients. This is what Dr. Sahelian says on his website, "If you have a vegetarian diet or lifestyle, you are probably getting lots of important carotenoids, flavonoids, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial nutrients. However, as a vegetarian or vegan, it is possible that even with a good diet, you may still be missing some key nutrients. Nutrients that are found in very small amounts in a plant based diet and could possibly be beneficial as supplements for vegetarians, particularly vegans, include:
(Note: some of these supplements may be in a gelatin capsule. With time we plan to have them in a veggie capsule format).
EPA and DHA are highly unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids that are mostly found in Fish-Oils. Alternatively, Flaxseed-Oil could be a partial substitute. DHA is available from algae.
Even if you take these a few times a week, you may notice some benefits with energy and mood enhancement.
Questions about vegetarian supplements and gelatin
You state on your page about vegetarian supplements that an option for vegans is to open a gelatin capsule and consume the contents, so as not to have to consume the capsule. Please understand that veganism is an ethical
philosophy, so that BUYING the capsule is more a problem than putting it in one's mouth. The animal the capsule was made from suffered just as much, and is just as dead, no matter what we do with the capsule after buying it.
I was reading on one of the web pages where it said vegetarians can open a gelatin capsule and empty the contents into water. Vegetarians do not purchase products made with the parts of dead animals. So, a vegetarian would not purchase a gelatin capsule product and if they did, they would never take it out of the capsule where the product has touched the gelatin and put it in water.
Not all vegetarians and vegans are the same. Some are quite strict while others are vegetarian only for health reasons and don't mind ingesting an occasional capsule from gelatin or opening a gelatin capsule and only using the contents. It would be simplistic to put all vegetarians and vegans in one category and to speak for all them as if they all had exactly the same viewpoint on this topic.
I see your point, this may be helpful: There's a difference between vegans and "dietary vegans," also called "total vegetarians." The word "vegan," unmodified, refers by definition to people who would avoid gelatin capsules and all other animal products. "Vegans" who would be okay with buying gelatin capsules are accurately described as dietary vegans. Vegetarians could, as you say, go either way.
For a more detailed explanation by Dr. Sahelian, see Vegetarian< body>