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If there isn't vegan B12 then how do some supplements contain food based vegan b12? I asked this question b4 but didn't get a good explanation

If there isn't vegan B12 then how do some supplements contain food based vegan b12? I asked this question b4 but didn't get a good explanation

B12: B12 that is fortified in foods is cultivated in nontoxic bacteria. Otherwise it is normally consumed from eating meat products that obtain B12 from soil or bacteria in their gut. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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How much B12 is needed to supplement a vegan diet?

How much B12 is needed to supplement a vegan diet?

2.4 mcg: Assuming you are not otherwise B12 deficient, you need at least 2.4 mcg per day (more if pregnant). You can get this from pretty much any supplement containing b12. You should, however, get your blood tested to make sure you're not already deficient. If so, you can "catch up" before going on maintenance supplementation. Good job on going vegan. Now just make sure you take a B12 supplement. ...Read more

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I am vegan and B12 deficient what should b the daily amount of b12 I should take through supplements?

I am vegan and B12 deficient what should b the  daily amount of b12 I should take through supplements?

Load it on: Five thousand micrograms per day is often cited. Vegans have the moral high ground but the health benefits mostly disappear when you control for the fact that vegans tend to have other healthy habits and don't overeat because the food isn't as good. You'll need more supplements as well if you want to avoid ruining your health; brain damage from B12 deficiency is a very real risk. Be smart. ...Read more

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I was Vegan for 8 months and didn't supplement B12. I'm not vegan anymore was that time long enough to do damage or have bad deficiency?

I was Vegan for 8 months and didn't supplement B12. I'm not vegan anymore was that time long enough to do damage or have bad deficiency?

How do you feel?: I am very glad you wised up. As a moral choice, you can be a vegan and if you supplement wisely, you will not be risking your health. The health benefits of vegan ism are elusive if they exist at all. If you can walk and think and remember and your extremities feel normally, you escaped the bad stuff. ...Read more

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I'm a lifelong vegan, was told that I should be taking vitamin B12 supplements; i can't get this from anything plant based. But what dosage, please?

I'm a lifelong vegan, was told that I should be taking vitamin B12 supplements; i can't get this from anything plant based. But what dosage, please?

1000 mcg methylcob.: A common dosage is 1000 mcg. I advise the methylcobalamin form if you can find it. B12 is usually absorbed better when taken in a sublingual form. See http://bit.Ly/1607tg3 ; http://www.Naturalnews.Com/027045_vitamin_b12_cyanocobalamin_methylcobalamin.Html ; http://www.Mend.Net/cgh/methylcobalamin.Html. ...Read more

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How can a vegan who is allergic to b12 supplements get vitamin b12?

How can a vegan who is allergic to b12 supplements get vitamin b12?

Allergic?: are you sure it was a true allergic reaction? Sometimes people do get side effects and sometimes they react to the filler. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could avoid a B12 deficiency on a vegan diet without supplements?

You can't: I'm sorry. Being a vegan is safe is an only if you're willing to supplement. Otherwise, you're playing a foolish game with your life -- you will end up with brain damage. Like all communities of true believers, the vegans -- who can rightly claim the moral high ground in this era of cruel factory farming -- contain many people who will mislead you. Be smart and don't ruin yourself like others have ...Read more

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Get B12 shots mthly. Don't know cause of deficiency when got diagnosis level 169 , not vegan. Ok to supplement with sub-lingual B12 as well (5000 mcg)?

Get B12 shots mthly. Don't know cause of deficiency when got diagnosis level 169 , not vegan.  Ok to supplement with sub-lingual B12 as well (5000 mcg)?

Yes: B12 deficiency is usually due to problems absorbing it rather than diet. Even if you take large doses hardly any of that dose is absorbed so it is quite safe. Even extremely high doses (like people getting shots daily for years) have never been shown to be toxic. I advise the methylcobalamin form. See http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/vitaminb12-healthprofessional/. ...Read more

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How can a vegan with Lebers disease get b12 being that they are not allowed vitamin supplements or animal products?

How can a vegan with Lebers disease get b12 being that they are not allowed vitamin supplements or animal products?

Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is essential, and serious medical consequences occur without it (eg, Pernicious Anemia) - though only very small amounts are needed. B12 is only available from animal sources, including eggs and dairy. If no B12 in the diet, then taking B12 by pills or injection is required to avoid illness. ...Read more

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What supplements should be taken for a vegan diet? Taking 1000 mcg b12, 4 grams omega 3 from hemp oil and ground flax and protein from lugumes. Thx.

What supplements should be taken for a vegan diet? Taking 1000 mcg b12, 4 grams  omega 3 from hemp oil and ground flax and protein from lugumes. Thx.

Minerals & vitamin D: Vegans are likely to become deficient in vitamin D, calcium, iodine, iron, vitamin A, zinc, and iodine. Even if you supplement, the diet is primarily a moral rather than a health-promoting decision; when you control for the fact that vegans have other healthy habits, the claimed benefits mostly vanish. It's your decision and I'm glad you've asked. ...Read more

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If you're vegan, do you have to get B12 injections?

If you're vegan, do you have to get B12 injections?

Many do: You have to be seriously knowledgeable about vegan nutrition to ensure that all nutritional needs are met. ...Read more

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How can I get enough of B12 as a vegan?

How can I get enough of B12 as a vegan?

You MUST supplement: The decision to become a vegan is a moral one, rather than one that will benefit your health, despite all the huckstering. I admire and respect people who make this choice. However, if you do not supplement with a form of vitamin B12 that you can use, you will ruin your health, perhaps permanently, in a few months. You'll also need additional supplements; ask a good physician or dietician. ...Read more

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I'm vegan and i take b complex but i was wondering if i can also get it from food? Also do probiotics in our bodies really make the b12?

I'm vegan and i take b complex but i was wondering if i can also get it from food? Also do probiotics in our bodies really make the b12?

B12: B12 principally derives from animal sources and eggs. Dairy has little. Select soy can provide some. More vegan foods are being supplemented with B12, as B12 deficiency is common among vegans. Check with your favorite health food store. Probiotics will not enhance b12 uptake. See www.vegetarian.org.uk/factsheets/b12factsheet.html ...Read more

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What are the natural supplements of vitamin D3 and B12 for vegans?

What are the natural supplements of vitamin D3 and B12 for vegans?

Vitashine, all B12: The only certified vegan form of d3 is vitashine: http://vitashine-d3.Com/ most other d3 is derived from lanolin from sheep's wool but the sheep aren't harmed so some vegans consider regular d3 acceptable. All B12 is manufactured from bacteria (see http://link.Springer.Com/article/10.1007%2fs00253-001-0902-7). Methylcobalamin is superior to other forms of B12 like cyanocobalamin. ...Read more

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Im vegan, how important is it that I take B12? personally i believe I shouldn't have to because 2000 years ago veganism was alive and there was no b12

B12 can be low: in vegetarians of any sort. We get most of it from meat. Centuries ago our body metabolism was different and our vegetation more nutritious. If you take B12 be sure to use the sublingual type so you will get the benefits of it. The type you swallow is mostly destroyed in the gut. Peace and good health from a vegetarian. ...Read more

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What are some causes of B12 deficiency? I have been on injections for a few months with no change. I am not vegan.

Daily oral dose?: Depends on how often injections are given and when serum levels are performed in relationship to last injection. An oral dose of 100-250 mcg/day is for treatment off pernicious anemia, a condition with lack of a protein called intrinsic factor. The protein, which is made in the stomach, is necessary for vitamin B12 absorption.Atrophic gastritis, crohn's disease, alcohol consumption can reduce b12. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any cereals or other B12 fortified vegan foods using hydroxocobalamin (not cyanocobalamin)?

Probably not but...: As far as I know, all foods fortified with B12 are fortified with the cyanocobalamin form, as it is the least expensive.It is hard to know for sure, as the labels always just say B12 and don't specify the type. But if anyone is going to the extra expense of fortifying with hydroxocobalamin they are not telling us! I advise vegans supplement with hyroxocobalamin or methylcobalamin. See comment: ...Read more

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I'm considering a vegan diet, but i'm concerned about getting enough vitamin b12. How can I get some natural b12? I'd rather not take pills.

I'm considering a vegan diet, but i'm concerned about getting enough vitamin b12.  How can I get some natural b12?  I'd rather not take pills.

Red Star Yeast : The only reliable vegan source of B12 that i know of is red star nutritional yeast vegetarian support formula (t-6635+). About 2 rounded teaspoons a day supplies adequate b12. I think it would be a lot easier to take a pill! see http://www.Vrg.Org/nutrition/b12.Php. ...Read more

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I went vegan abut 6 months ago. My period now comes every 6 weeks now. I'm getting enough but is this about b12. Should I get shots? I take tablets

Be careful: The vegan lifestyle has the moral high ground but is very dangerous unless you know exactly what you are doing. In addition to the potentially devastating B12 deficiency, you may have trouble getting enough iron, protein, calcium and several other nutrients. Oral supplements are sufficient, but you'll need some advice from your personal physician who's acquainted with your needs. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 (Definition)

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