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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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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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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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Vitamin B12 (Definition)

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more