1 doctor weighed in:
Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?
1 doctor weighed in

Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
In brief: B12 deficient common
Being vegetarian may reduce risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, as the best sources of folate (folic acid) are dark leafy greens, lentils, beans, broccoli & asparagus.
However, fruits & vegies generally don't contain b12, so vegetarians are at risk of B12 deficiency.Eggs and dairy products do have b12, but even vegetarians who eat those average less than half the rda of b12. B12 supplements are thus advised. See comment:.

In brief: B12 deficient common
Being vegetarian may reduce risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, as the best sources of folate (folic acid) are dark leafy greens, lentils, beans, broccoli & asparagus.
However, fruits & vegies generally don't contain b12, so vegetarians are at risk of B12 deficiency.Eggs and dairy products do have b12, but even vegetarians who eat those average less than half the rda of b12. B12 supplements are thus advised. See comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Randy Baker
It is thus a good idea for vegetarians to supplement with B12, either by itself or as part of a B complex or multivitamin. B12 is inexpensive and widely available. For more info see http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/articles/getting-enough-vitamin-B12.php
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Levy
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors