Searching for the perfect multivitamin? Check out my review of Ritual vitamins and why I’m so glad to have found a transparent company that uses clean
Background on Ritual
Ritual was launched in 2016 by Katerina Schneider, an immigrant from Ukraine who is also vegan. She started the company when she was pregnant and is still running it today while raising her daughter. I can’t express how much I admire her determination, enthusiasm, and perseverance.
I, too, had a vision while I was pregnant – to create a resource and community for vegan moms and mamas-to-be, which became One Vegan to Another. But it wasn’t until my daughter was 8 months old that I launched a website… that was blank. Working on a dream as a new parent is hard! And I’m amazed that Katerina was able to create such an incredible company while balancing family life.
Ritual is passionate about transparency and science, both of which are obvious when you take a look at their website. They highlight each ingredient, what it does, which form is best, and the research studies that pertain to it. They also provide in-depth information on the companies that source and manufacture each nutrient.
Of course, my admiration for the founder and the company isn’t enough to support a product. So I dove into the science behind it. I spent many months researching, and am still continuing that work, to find evidence-supported information on each nutrient. I also sent numerous questions to the team at Ritual, to which they graciously responded every time.
The Sciency Details
My research led me to a shortlist of 5 nutrients that every pregnant vegan needs to supplement. All of them are included in Ritual’s Essential Prenatal. The other 7 have been shown to be beneficial and, at the very least, are not harmful.
With that said, I do have two outstanding considerations:
- The amount of vitamin B12 provided by Ritual’s prenatal vitamin does not match the amount that vegans should supplement – 8 mcg versus the recommended 250 mcg. For this reason, I choose to take an additional Metagenics Intrinsi B12-Folate supplement once a week.
- The prenatal also includes 8 mg of iron, which I’m glad to see, knowing that vegans actually need to consume more iron than non-vegans and that our needs go up during pregnancy. However, the overwhelming recommendation is to get your iron levels checked prior to adding a supplement. Even though I’m comfortable with the small amount that is included, I still advocate for testing and taking an additional iron supplement, if needed.
I didn’t know of Ritual during my pregnancy and therefore chose another prenatal. Looking back at it now, there are some key aspects that should have thrown me off from the one I selected, but it was my best option at the time.
I learned of Ritual in my research on the nutritional needs for vegans, while trying to find a supplement that I can recommend. I was so excited to see such a mission-driven company and after vetting their product for myself, I now take the Essential for Women vitamin.
I didn’t have any revolutionary health improvements when I started it. I eat well,
What did change for me, however, is the number of supplements I take and my tendency to buy a variety of different brands.
Now, I simply take Ritual’s Essential for Women daily along with an additional B12 once a week. That’s it! I don’t stress about the rest, knowing that most of my needs are covered through diet and that these two supplements help fill any gaps.
Here’s what I love most about Ritual vitamins:
- It’s vegan!
- The nutrients that I need are included in appropriate doses
- The forms of each nutrient are carefully selected
- There are no mystery ingredients
- I can trace each nutrient to it’s source
- The vitamins don’t cause any digestive issues, even though I take them on an empty stomach
- The peppermint flavor is really pleasant and…
- There’s no fishy taste!
This is the only supplement I take (and yes, pay full price for) every single day.
They are not currently available on Amazon, but you can purchase and subscribe from their website.