The 8 best vegan iron supplements

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If you suffer from anaemia, are pregnant, have heavy periods, or you struggle to eat enough iron-rich food sources, you’ll benefit from these vegan iron supplements!

Lucy holding a vegan iron supplement in the air with a glass of water in her other hand

Have you found yourself yawning a lot whilst researching guides on the best vegan iron supplements, and not because of how dull the subject matter is? Then you may well be the perfect candidate for an effective iron supplement.

Iron plays a very vital role in our general health and well-being. It supports the transportation of oxygen throughout the body, aids in energy production and maintains optimal cognitive function. If you don’t get enough of it, you may find yourself getting really quite tired throughout the day even though you’ve slept pretty well.

Now there are plenty of plant-based food sources that are rich in iron, like tofu, legumes, and leafy green vegetables, but not everyone has the time or energy to focus on eating a varied nutritious diet. Moreover, some of you may have extra requirements (including pregnancy or anaemia) that would mean you’d need to eat a whole vat of kale every day to keep your iron levels at an optimum level. That is where supplements come in.

Not all iron supplements are vegan and not all vegan iron supplements are effective. So, let me take you through a list of my favourites that will ensure you maintain your iron levels and stay healthy!

My top picks

How much iron do we need?

The amount of iron that you need depends on a few factors such as age, sex, and physiological conditions. Iron requirements vary due to variations in body size, growth rates, and different stages of life, such as pregnancy. Additionally, women of reproductive age have higher iron needs due to menstruation.

According to the official data for the UK and from the NHS, here is the Recommended Daily Intake of Iron depending on these factors:

For Adults:

  • Men (over 18 years old) and post-menopausal women:
    • 8.7 mg
  • Women (aged 19-50 years):
    • 14.8 mg
  • Pregnant women:
    • 27 mg

For Children:

  • Infants (6-12 months):
    • Around 7.8 mg
  • Children (1-3 years):
    • 6.9 mg
  • Children (4-6 years):
    • 6.1 mg
  • Children (7-10 years):
    • 8.7 mg

For Adolescents:

  • Boys (11-18 years):
    • 11.3 mg
  • Girls (11-18 years):
    • 14.8 mg

Do vegans struggle with iron deficiency?

It is a very common misconception that vegans are more likely to suffer from iron deficiency. There is plenty of iron found in plant-based food sources. Whilst this source of iron, called non-heme iron, is less readily absorbed by our bodies than the iron found in animal-based sources (see scientific source), it is very easy to boost absorption by consuming vitamin C.

Therefore, most data shows that vegans are no more at risk of developing iron deficiency than the general population (see source).

Do vegans need to take iron supplements?

Whilst vegans need to supplement their diets with B12 supplements and omega-3 supplements, it isn’t completely necessary to take iron tablets. This is because there are plenty of plant-based food sources containing iron, including tofu, nuts, legumes, seeds and dark leafy greens. All of which are easily mixed with vitamin C. For example, you could create a citrus dressing to top your kale and tofu salad.

Despite this, it isn’t always easy planning healthy and nutritious meals that are packed full of all the nutrients that you need in your diet, so this is where vegan iron supplements come in handy. Particularly if you are pregnant, have heavy periods, or suffer from anaemia, meaning you need to consume a lot more iron than the average person.

You may also be interested in reading: what supplements do vegans need to take?

Here are the best vegan iron supplements

Whether you need to up your iron intake for medical reasons or you are looking for peace of mind, then read on to discover my favourite vegan iron supplements you can buy in the UK.

A packet of DR.VEGAN iron supplements for vegans

Best high dosage


  • Dose: 18mg (128% NRV)
  • Form: Capsule
  • Price: £7.99 for 30 servings

As you may have already guessed from their name, DR.VEGAN are a fully vegan supplement company offering this high-dose iron supplement. It contains the highest dosage out of all the supplements listed here, at 18mg, making it the perfect choice for any individual requiring more iron than the daily recommended intake.

On top of this, it contains a decent level of vitamin C to ensure maximum absorption. As with all DR.VEGAN supplements, these are really gentle on the stomach and made using high-quality ingredients. Find out more on my DR.VEGAN review.

A jar of Wild Nutrition iron supplements for vegans

Best eco-friendly

2. Wild Nutrition

  • Dose: 10mg (71% NRV)
  • Form: Capsule
  • Price: £12.50 for 30 servings

If you are getting fed up with buying supplements inside plastic tubs or paper pouches with hidden bioplastic strips inside, then you’ll like this iron supplement by Wild Nutrition that comes packaged inside a glass jar.

The supplement itself contains 10mg of iron, which makes it the perfect supplement for anyone that already consumes some iron in their diet. Do note though that this supplement does also contain 50% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin B2, so be wary if you are also taking other supplements containing B vitamins.

A packet of Ethical Nutrition iron supplements for vegans

Best multivitamin with iron

3. Ethical Nutrition

  • Dose: 10mg (71% NRV)
  • Form: Capsule
  • Price: £22 for 30 servings

If you are like me and you want to make sure that you have all of your vitamins and nutrients covered in one handy pill, then you’ll be interested in this vegan multivitamin from Ethical Nutrition which contains 10mg of iron alongside the essentials vitamin B12, iodine, selenium, and folate.

Considering this is a multivitamin, it contains a decent dose of iron. With it being 71% NRV, it allows for the fact that you are likely to consume some iron-rich food throughout the day.

If you are planning on buying other supplements to cover other aspects of your health then you’ll definitely save money by buying them all in the form of one handy multivitamin! Ethical Nutrition is actually one of my favourite vegan supplement brands because of its eco-friendly packaging and affordability. Find out more here in my Ethical Nutrition review.

A tub of Vegums iron supplements for vegans

Best gummies

4. Vegums

  • Dose: 14mg (100% NRV)
  • Form: Gummies
  • Price: £15.95 for 30 servings

These gummies are perfect for kids and adults alike, especially those who forget to take their supplements every day. Unlike swallowing a boring capsule, it is very difficult to forget to eat a sweet every day. That is why I really like the gummies by Vegums, a fully vegan supplement company.

Two gummies contain 100% of your daily recommended intake of iron and the blackberry flavour makes it a really pleasant treat! Although you should try to get some vitamin C in from another source when taking these to ensure maximum absorption, as the gummies don’t contain any.

A bag of Form iron supplements for vegans

Best protein powder with iron

5. Form

  • Dose: 14mg (100% NRV)
  • Form: Powder
  • Price: £26 for 30 servings

If you prefer taking your vitamins inside a tasty protein shake then you’ll absolutely love Form. Their great-tasting Superblend protein powders are 100% plant-based and enriched with all the essential vitamins and nutrients. It is like taking a multivitamin with your shake.

Alongside 20g of protein, you get iron, vitamin C, vitamin B12, biotin, iodine, and more. The iron dosage is pretty high, at 100% NRV, considering it is a protein powder first and foremost. Therefore, you don’t have to purchase separate supplements if you also drink protein shakes! Find out more about them in my Form Nutrition review.

A packet of Feel iron supplements for vegans

Best for pregnancy

6. Feel

  • Dose: 14mg (100% NRV)
  • Form: Capsule
  • Price: £35.04 for 30 servings

If you are pregnant then you probably know the importance of taking an iron supplement to up your daily intake. Alongside this, you will benefit from taking folic acid (folate), zinc, B vitamins, and vitamin D. This is why this complete pregnancy supplement solution by Feel is really handy. It contains all of the essential nutrients for a safe and healthy pregnancy.

The only downside is the hefty price tag of this supplement. Although, it does also contain some live bacteria to give your gut a much-needed helping hand throughout your pregnancy.

A bag of Mobu iron supplements for vegans

Best budget-friendly

7. Mobu

  • Dose: 14mg (100% NRV)
  • Form: Capsule
  • Price: £6.29 for 120 servings

For those after a more affordable option, Mobu sells a whopping 120 servings for only £6.29. Their supplements are made in the UK and are fully vegan. Their iron supplement contains 100% of the daily recommended intake, but it doesn’t contain any Vitamin C.

I’m sure you are probably expecting their cheap price tag to come with some drawbacks and you’d be right in thinking this. Their range of supplements does contain cheap fillers that can be known to cause irritation in individuals with sensitive stomachs. So, unless you have a strong gut or take regular probiotic supplements, you should consider spending a little more on your iron supplements!

A spray bottle of Smart Way iron supplements for vegans

Best spray

8. Smart Way

  • Dose: 7mg (50% NRV)
  • Form: Liquid spray
  • Price: £14.89 for 75 servings

Sprays like this iron supplement by Smart Way are designed to avoid your gastrointestinal tract and instead absorb directly into the bloodstream. It is very nifty, but it does require you to spray the iron directly into your mouth and it does have a very distinct taste. They have included sugar and sweetener in the mix, but it is difficult to mask the taste of iron.

The upside though is that it won’t cause any stomach upset and more of the iron is likely to be absorbed than in traditional capsule supplements. You will however need to ensure you are eating plenty of iron-rich foods alongside this, as it only contains 50% of your daily recommended intake.

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