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Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Posted June 4, 2014

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Vitamin B12 - Why You Should Never Go Plant-Based Without It

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There are two vitamins not found naturally in plant foods⎯vitamin D and vitamin B12. Vitamin D is obtained via the sun. Not all people need to supplement with vitamin D. You can learn more about that topic in my article - Vitamin D: To Supplement or Not To Supplement?

Vitamin B12 is also absent from plant foods, at least unprocessed plant foods. It is only found in animal products such as meat, seafood, dairy products, and eggs.1There are many plant-based (vegan) food items which are fortified with B12⎯cereals, non-dairy milks, meat substitutes, and so forth. However, these usually come in the form of a package with many other not-so-healthy ingredients in them so they're not always the best choice.
So who cares about vitamin B12? Why make such a big deal out of it?

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I think that this B12 "debate" will go the way of the protein myth and frankly tiring argument from the "caveman diet" crowd.

Having been vegan for 30 years and recently tested, I was found to have "excellent" B complex and B12 levels in my system. I do NOT take B12 supplements. I don't like supplements generally and strongly disapprove of most. So many studies have revealed that taking vitamins can be lethal to the health. Multi Vitamins have high levels of Vit. A which is naturally stored in the body. A study back in the 1980's revealed that women with hip fractures had high levels of Vit. A in their bodies.

There are in fact many foods that contain B12 and a plant based varied diet keeps the body healthy. I'm sure there are rare exceptions but generally, I don't think the b12 insistance is necessary.

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