Facts about Vitamin B12

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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