Vitamin B12 is something that I feel not a lot of people care much about.
Which is understandable because what kind of nerds would?
But we all should be, and this is especially true for vegans.
Let me first mention that this vitamin is not something that is specifically in meat-based diets.
Vitamin B12 is created from a bacteria, which is found in soil. When a cow grabs a massive clump of grass and dirt, it’s absorbing that vitamin B12 from the ground.
It gets absorbed into the muscles then people obviously get it from consuming the meat.
This means that you also cannot get vitamin B12 from plant sources.
So how do you get this vital vitamin into your diet?
Why B12 is Important
Vitamin B12 is a very important one to get. According to the National Institutes of Health;
“Vitamin B12 is required for proper red blood cell formation,
neurological function, and DNA synthesis.”
Despite the importance, Vitamin B12 is among the most common deficiencies plaguing us.
It is not the easiest nutrient to get and we are not nearly educated on it enough.
What does Vitamin B12 Deficiency look like?
Tingling sensations in extremities
Loss of focus
Vitamin B12 deficiency could be something that is difficult to spot, so we must always make sure that we are getting our daily amounts!
Everyone of those symptoms could also be the signs of a million other things.
Luckily, there are a few sources of vitamin B12.
How Much Vitamin B12 Do You Need Daily?
Where Can You Get Vitamin B12?
Nutritional yeast is our favorite method of obtaining Vitamin B12.
It’s basically a seasoning, you can add a bit to just about anything without it ruining the meal.
Additionally, it basically makes things taste cheesy. It is how we make our vegan cheeses, and what we add when we don’t have any cheeses ready.
Nutritional yeast is a fortified food, meaning there
Cereals and granola can have vitamin B12 added to it.
This is a great option.
We love buying granola because of its versatility
We can add it to mixes, like trail mix.
We can also put some in a bowl and make the kids think we have a good sugary cereal, when in reality it’s just granola and raisins or something.
Speaking of cereal, certain types of vegan and vegetarian milks are also fortified with things like B12 and vitamin D.
This can obviously be used in many ways, such as baking or cooking. This means it’s not as hard as it seems to get B12.
Certain meat substitutes are fortified with nutrients.
Fermented foods, such as kombucha, kimchi, or sauerkraut, have a long list of health benefits.
We actually wrote an entire article on why you should be drinking kombucha every day.
Fermented foods have been found to contain vitamin B12, so you can add it to your diet to make sure you do not become deficient.
Vitamin B12 is vital to our health.
The only thing that we can do is educate ourselves. I feel school fails in this way often, so we need to do our own research and take our health back.
We don’t need to use synthetic substances or eat things that are unhealthy. What we need in our diet is completely achievable by eating a plant based whole foods diet.