Vegums are cute, bear-shaped vegan-friendly vitamins. But are they any good, or just a gimmick?
I was very kindly sent some Vegums to try… and I loved them! That said, they’re not for everyone. Read on for everything you need to know about Vegums to decide if these are the best vegan vitamins for you, or not.
I’ve not been paid for this review and my opinions are always 100% honest.
What are Vegums?
The Vegums brand started with two plant-based pharmacists in the UK – John and Abdul. After struggling to find vegan-friendly gummy vitamins for their families, they decided to launch a vegan vitamin company.
Vegums makes three varieties of vitamins:
- The Multivitamin
- Fish-Free Omega 3
All Vegums vitamins are certified by The Vegan Society so you can be sure that they don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients such as gelatine, lanolin, fish oil or carmine.
Vegums’ philosophy is that their vitamins contain everything that you need – and nothing that you don’t.
Some other brands of multivitamins contain thirty or more different nutrients. The problem with that is that many of those are unnecessary.
When you take lots of vitamins in one tablet they can interfere with each other. For example, if you take lots of calcium, you won’t be able to absorb iron, and if you take lots of iron, you won’t be able to absorb zinc.
As Vegums are specially formulated for vegans, they contain only the nutrients that we struggle to get from our diets.
Here’s what’s inside each type of Vegums gummy vitamin…
- Vitamin B6 (145% RI)
- Folic Acid (100% RI)
- Vitamin B12 (800% RI)
- Vitamin D3 (300% RI)
- Sodium selenite (109% RI)
- Potassium iodide (100% RI)
- DHA (80mg)
- Vitamin E (67% RI)
- Iron (100% RI)
RI = Recommended Intake
You can choose to take just one type of gummy, or you can combine all three.
Another reason to choose Vegums over some other brands is that they don’t contain any nasties like fillers, binders or artificial colours and flavours.
The gummies are flavoured using real fruit and a pinch of sugar. While sugar in a vitamin doesn’t sound great, it’s only a sixth of a teaspoon per portion, which equates to about three calories.
Vegums are also gluten-free.
I tried the multivitamins which are strawberry flavour and the omega 3 gummies which are orange flavour. Both of them smell and taste incredible. In fact, if you had told me that these were normal sweets and not vitamins, I definitely would have believed you.
All of the packaging that Vegums use is plastic-free and recyclable, including the paper envelope, the cardboard tube, the metal tin and the cellulose wrapper.
The wrapper is particularly clever as it looks and feels like plastic, but it’s actually made from cornstarch and is 100% biodegradable.
The free tin
With your first order, you get a free metal tin. These are great for storing your vitamins in.
Vegums claim that you can store a month’s supply of vitamins in the tin. This may be true for the multivitamins if you squashed them in. However, the omega 3 gummies are a bit larger, so you wouldn’t fit a whole month’s worth in the tin. You would have to keep some in the packet or tube and top it up, but that’s okay.
If you can’t get the Vegums tin to close, just squeeze the sides of the lid and it will click shut. To open it, press the centre of the lid. It took me longer than it should to figure that out!
If you don’t want the tin or the cardboard tube you can easily opt out. That way, the delivery will fit through your letterbox.
Vegums delivery is always free in the UK. So you’ll get no nasty surprises when you get to the checkout stage.
I love that Vegums gives you the option to make a one time purchase or to subscribe to a monthly delivery and save 20%.
I know that a lot of people don’t like being forced into monthly subscriptions that are often hard to cancel. With Vegums, if you do decide to go for the regular delivery, it’s easy to cancel it. Or, if you get behind with taking your vitamins, you can just pause it until you catch up.
Vegums supports several charities to help humans and the plant.
The company has partnered with regulated non-profit organisations to plant trees in countries such as Haiti, Madagascar and Kenya. This work has helped Vegums to become carbon neutral as these trees remove more CO2 from the atmosphere than is produced in the production and delivery of the vitamins.
Vegums has also partnered with Vitamin Angels UK to combat malnutrition in the UK by providing pregnant women and children under five with life-changing nutrition interventions.
Each time you buy Vegums or refer a friend you will earn reward points. These points will get you money off your next purchase. Alternatively, you can donate your points to a charity such as Friends of the Earth, Animal Aid, Greenpeace or The Human League.
For the whole family
Vegums are perfect for adults and kids alike. To keep things simple, adults can have two gummies per day, whereas kids under 12 can have one.
If you’ve struggled to find vegan-friendly vitamins that your kids will take, then you need to try Vegums. My kids love them and I’m sure yours will too.
I would 100% recommend Vegums to anyone who dislikes swallowing tablets or for parents to give to their kids. They are reasonably priced, taste fantastic and contain the essential vitamins and minerals that vegans often need most.
If you prefer your vitamins in capsule form and want something that includes a wider range of nutrients, then I recommend that you also read my Dr. Vegan vitamin review.