Hi all,Just wondering what everyone does as far as B-12 supplements. It's one major concern I have while transitioning to a vegan diet. I've tried searching the internet for supplement recommendations, but it seems every website has a different opinion and I'm also reading that your body doesn't absorb the full amount of the supplement you take, so I'm just totally confused.Thanks for any info you can offer!
Well, I have read that you need to eat B-12 fortified foods like fortified cereals, soy products, and energy bars. I also read that you can take a multi-vitamin that is fortified with B-12. I went out and got a box of One a Day for women. It has 100% of my daily value of B-12. I'm not sure exactly how this all works, but I think that should do it. Hope this helps!
everyone should go to veganhealth.org and read his section on B12. The site is written by Jack Norris, a registered dietician. Since I don't eat a lot of fake meats or soymilk, I take Freeda's Vitamin B12 lozenges (B12 is absorbed better if it is allowed to break down in your mouth). I buy them from veganessentials.com
what you want to do is test your supplements. You want them to be chelated(break down in your body) put small amount to cover the vitamen in cup of apple cider vinager. wait about 1/2 hour. If the supplement is breaking down, mooshy, then you wont be just flushing it down the tolite (really)
I also take a multivitamin with B-12: Super Nutrition Women's Blend, that contains 200 MCG B-12. It's vegetarian and great for people with allergies because it doesnt contains gluten, wheat, yeast, buckwheat, sugar, pollen, dairy, corn or soy residues. I also add nutritional yeast to some of my dishes when I want to add a yummy cheesy taste :)
B12 deficiency anemia is a devastating condition causing potentially irreversible damage to vital tissue. That said, B-12 deficiency is not seen in the vegan population. Clinically, anemia results from the lack of an intrinsic factor that actively transports the B-12 through the intestinal wall. For this population sublingual or even injections are required. Inform your doc that you are vegan and want a B-12 blood test. Most people have several years reserve. Deficiency for vegans is a theoretical possibility but the fact that no vegans show up with it puts that possibility in context.
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