Due to soil degradation and modern cleaning and sanitizing practices, plants are no longer a reliable source of vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 Facts:
- Produced by BACTERIA, not animals or plants, found in the soil
- Water-soluble vitamin involved in the metabolism of every cell in the human body (highly important!)
- Used to be naturally and more reliably present in plant foods (hence above statement)
- Many animal foods contain B12 bc these animals accumulate B12 from plants and plants come with soil, also…
- Livestock are often supplemented with vitamin B12 due to nutrient-poor soils
- Read nutrition facts labels to determine B12 content (many foods like cereals and milks contain readily available B12)
- Protein-bound B12 in animal foods can be difficult for some people to absorb
Who should supplement?
- EVERYONE (not just vegans/vegetarians) should monitor their vitamin B12 level and supplement according to the direction of a medical provider.
- Vitamin B12 deficiencies are seen across the general population
At your next annual physical, ask to have your B12 level drawn if you haven’t had one in a while
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