When I went plant-based I was told by many that I had to start taking supplements because on a plant-based diet it's apparently easy to "become malnourished and deficient in some vitamins..." This simply isn't true. No matter what your dietary preferences are, if you live a healthy lifestyle and you eat a balanced and variated diet - you'll most likely be just fine when it comes to vitamins and minerals. There's no need to go out and buy all sorts of expensive vitamins if you feel great and healthy.
Now, that being said, I am a bit a of health-freak and I love anything to do with health and nutrition. So, when I went plant-based I started to track my daily intake of food on Cronometer.com - not to count calories but to track whether or not I was getting enough vitamins and minerals. It turned out to be pretty easy to reach my daily requirements.
Despite of this I've chose to take certain supplements and vitamins because I have a medical history of anemia and iron deficiency. Also, I happen to live in Denmark (loooong winters and very little sunshine) so during the winter I sometimes feel a lack of energy and fresh fruits/ veggies are not my number one cravings (I crave hot cooked meals during the winter).
So to get to the point, here are the supplements I've chose to take on a daily/semi daily basis, just to be extra sure that I'm the healthiest I can be (I am in no way a certified nutritionist to the below info text has been take from a reliable source):
B12 is the only vitamins that can be difficult for vegans to reach the recommended daily dose of from a daily plant-based diet - I make sure to take my B12 tablet daily. Very low B12 intakes can cause anemia and nervous system damage. The only reliable vegan sources of B12 are foods fortified with B12 (including some plant milks, some soy products and some breakfast cereals) and B12 supplements. I use this one
I take a multivitamin daily because I find it easier than taking 10 different pills. As I am not dificient in any specific vitamin, I've chosen a good multivitamin to cover all my needs. It contains Vitamin A, D3, E (d-alpha-tocopherol, C (L-ascorbinsyre) , Thiamin (vitamin B1) ,Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxinhydrochlorid), Calcium (carbont(dolomit)), Zink (zinkbisglycinat) , Iron (ferrobisglycinat), Chrom (chrompicolinat) and many more. I use this one
When I was 18 I was admitted to the hospital because of sever anemia and I received blood tranfusion for some years following this. I am naturally low in iron because my body doesn't absorb iron through my diet very well. To avoid getting anemia again I take extra iron tablets. I use this one
Macca root is a good source of carbs and protein, it's low in fat and contains a fair amount of fiber. It's also high in some essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, copper and iron.
Furthermore, it contains various plant compounds, including glucosinolates and polyphenols. It's great at balancing out your hormones. I use this one in my smoothies and porridges (it has a malty caramel flavour)
Ashwaghanda is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing. It has a number of different benefits such as: Protects the immune system, Helps combat the effects of stress, Improves learning, memory, and reaction time , Reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness , Helps reduce brain-cell degeneration and many more. I use this one (the powder form is bitter)