Ann and I have been asked about vitamin B12 a lot recently. It’s the first thing people tell you to watch out for when you say you’re a vegan.
But – newsflash – B12 isn’t actually inherent in meat, nor in dairy. It comes from the soil.
So for an animal product to contain vitamin B12, it has to have come into contact with mineral-rich soil, i.e. have been grassfed and/or spent most of its life outdoors in a healthy environment. Most of us are aware by now that this isn’t the case for about 95% of the world’s meat, dairy and egg production.
So the vast majority of people, vegan or not, are deficient in B12. Which can lead to a whole host of symptoms, such as tiredness, depression, irritability and brain fog.
Plus, making sure you actually absorb the B12 you consume is pretty tricky. You need tip top gut health, which is something a lot of people struggle with.
So, what with one thing and another, we’d all certainly benefit from taking a B12 supplement.
But which supplement do we choose? And how do we make sure we’re absorbing it properly?
Check out our brand new video where we explore the ins and outs of this important topic. Hopefully your questions will be answered!
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Please feel free to ask us any questions you may still have on the subject of B12, in the comments below. We’d be delighted to help.
Here’s to an energised and balanced party season, with the help of a good dose of B12!
p.s. Our fave B12 supplement, as mentioned in the video, is VeganSafe B12 by Global Healing Center. We’ve also just come across this B12 from European company, Sunday Natural. We dig it because it has all the right cobalamines and is bio-active.
p.p.s. We say it in the video, but so that you have the words written out, the ingredients to look for on your B12 supplement are methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. Avoid cyanocobalamin.