Vitamin B12, otherwise known as cobalamin, is a necessary part of the diet which makes red blood cells and plays a necessary role in nerve cells and DNA synthesis.
In simple English, vitamin B12 is critical to keeping you healthy, energized, and in a good mood.
A deficiency in vitamin B12 can have major effects on the body and those most at risk are people avoiding meat and dairy, suffering from gastritis, celiac or Crohn’s disease, immune system disorders, and those who have had weight loss surgery.
Symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency can include:
- Weakness, fatigue,
- Nerve problems like numbness or tingling
- Difficulty walking, balancing, and thinking
- Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or gas
- Mental changes like depression, memory loss, or behavioral changes
- Swollen tongue
Not only does B12 help you operate as a normal, functional human, but it also supports bone health, prevents Macular Degeneration (blindness), and may prevent major birth defects.
Vitamin B12 is found in meat and dairy, however here are a few ideas as to gaining your recommended amount on a plant-based diet:
- Some fortified breakfast cereals, certain plant-based milks, cheeses, yogurt, and meats
- Vegan spreads like Marmite
- One daily supplement of at least 10 mcg, weekly supplement of 2000 mcg
- Go with a Plant Era shake daily which will give you 50% of it
Whether you’re a vegan or a perfectly healthy human who eats meat, anyone is susceptible to vitamin B12 deficiency and one shouldn’t underestimate its power on the body.