Did you know that a vitamin b12 deficiency is is thought to be one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in the world? B12 affets your mood, your energy levels, your skin, your hair, your memory, digestion and your heart. That is a whole lot of reasons why you definitely do not want to be lacking in this crucial b vitamin.
As a vegan it is especially important to be ultra vigilant about getting your daily intake of vitamin b12. In this article we will be discussing non animal sources of vitamin b12.
Vitamin b12 Deficiency
- Constantly feeling exhausted
- Chronic fatigue
- Joint pain
- Poor memory
- Shortness of breath
- Digestive problems
- Bleeding gums
- Heart Palpatations
- Poor apetite
Non Animal Sources Of Vitamin b12
1. Vitamin b12 Supplement
It’s important to point out that not all B12 supplements are created equal. It’s best to find a B complex that also contains other members of the B vitamin family, such as folic acid. This will ensure that supplementation of B12 does not create imbalances of other vitamins in your body.
2. Fortified Foods
Fortunately, many vegan foods such as cereals, dairy free milks, dairy free yogurts, and some protein powders are fortified with vitamin b12. So next time you are in the store make sure you choose products that are fortified with b12.
Spirulina is an excellent source of Vitamin b12. It is a blue- green algae and has been used since the 16th century by the Aztecs and North Africans. It is considered a superfood.
4. Brewers Yeast
Many vegans use brewers yeast as a source of b12 and as a cheese substitute. It is a wonderful addition to any pasta, cereal or salad!