The Importance of Vitamin B12 While Living a Vegan Lifestyle

A vegan lifestyle comes with risks like any other else. Some people might approach it with the attitude that cutting animals out of their diets and calling it a day is good enough. However, some unfortunate differences can result when we make a change, like cutting out animal proteins from our diets. Here is a quick explanation of the importance of vitamin B12 for vegans.

Considerations

One particularly important thing to consider is the source of B vitamins. B vitamins are important. Without enough of them, we can begin to feel sluggish and depressed, lack energy, find it difficult to concentrate and focus on things that are important to us, or even cause ourselves nervous system damage or anemia.

Vitamin B12, in particular, is difficult for vegans to obtain because there are not a lot of vegan approved sources of this vitamin. This vitamin is essential to consider when you choose to go vegan. You will have to go out of your way to make sure that you are eating foods that are B12-fortified. Unfortunately, this is a vitamin that is found explicitly in foods that are vegan un-friendly.

Without enough B12 in your system, the damages you experience can range from heart issues to complications with pregnancies. It is vital to know this before you even begin. Doing so will ensure that you are not depriving your body of such an essential vitamin. You can take supplements daily if you are not able to get foods that are vitamin B12-fortified but make sure you are getting at least 10mg daily.

vitamin C rich

You can also consider eating foods that will help your body to absorb the vitamin B12 better since it is going to be a resource that is notably lacking in your diet. You must be able to absorb it quickly. For example, if you are already suffering from anemia, it can make it difficult for your body to absorb vitamin B12. You must be eating foods rich in iron and taking them with vitamin C that will help your body absorb the iron to combat the anemia. Thus, ultimately helping your body to process vitamin B12 more effectively.

Final Thoughts

If there is one thing you will learn as you embark upon a journey of veganism, it’s that everything that you put into your body counts. Every choice we make is important and can have an impact, both on our health and the world around us. We can choose what to eat — foods that will nourish us and provide us with the comfort we need in knowing we have made ethical and healthy choices that we can be proud of, or we can choose to look the other way.

Living in ignorance does not work for everybody. The more you know about your vegan lifestyle, the less likely you will make a mistake that could be costly to your health. Now that you already knew the importance of vitamin B12 for vegans, make sure that you are eating foods that have been fortified with vitamin B12 and pay attention to your food choices!

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The Importance of Vitamin B12 While Living a Vegan Lifestyle

Part 2 of Vegan Diet Series
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