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Vitamin B12 in a Plant-Based Diet

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Vitamin B12 in a Plant-Based Diet

If you found your way to this blog post you may be wondering what B12 is, why you need it, and most importantly, where to find it on a plant-based diet.  No need to look any further, we’ve got answers to those questions here.

WHAT IS VITAMIN B12?

B12 is part of the vitamin B complex. While most forms of vitamin B are found abundantly in plant-based foods, B12 contains cobalt and is exclusively synthesized by bacteria. Although adults don’t need much, only 2.4 micrograms per day1, it is an important nutrient.

WHY DO I NEED VITAMIN B12?

B12 is so crucial to the formation of red blood cells and is a factor in energy metabolism. The first signs of B12 deficiency are often unexplained tingling in your feet and hands

SOURCES OF VITAMIN B12

Although it is most commonly found in meat, eggs and dairy products, there are plant-based sources as well. Look for nutritional yeast and vitamin B12 fortified plant-based beverages and cereals.

Nutritional yeast can easily be sprinkled on salads, rice bowls and stir-fries.

You will also find vitamin B12 in Vega One® All-in-One Shake which contains 50% of your daily value of B12. Blend a serving of Vega One All-in-One Shake in a smoothie with a B12 fortified plant-based beverage, to get even more than having them on their own.

 

Getting the vitamin B12 you need is possible. By being aware of the foods and supplements you are eating, you can easily meet your needs.

 

REFERENCE

  1. Office of Dietary Supplements – Vitamin B12. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-HealthProfessional/

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