Vitamin B12 for Vegetarians
Most people know that you can get all of the daily vitamins you need by eating a balanced, healthy diet. But what about for vegetarians? There are some vitamins that are typically only found in meat, and for these vitamins, as a vegetarian you need to be careful about the supplements and enriched foods you take in so you have a healthy body to go along with other healthy choices you make. Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that is only found naturally occurring in animal meat. If you choose to lead a strict vegetarian lifestyle, then you will need to get this vitamin in other ways
Okay, let the record stand that I am not a full vegetarian. I am not even part of one – I do eat some poultry and fish. But I am knowledgeable about the vegetarian lifestyle, and I know the importance of adding healthy foods and supplements to make sure you get the vitamins you need each day.
You cannot overdose on Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is water-soluble. This means that whatever your body doesn’t immediately need, it stores, and then excretes. Many vegetarians question exactly how much Vitamin B12 they need. You don’t need to worry. You will get enough if you follow our tips.
Recommended Daily Allowances are set high
This is a little-known fact, but these allowances are set high for safety’s sake. So don’t worry so much about the RDA, go more by how you feel. Remember, you can get enough vitamin B12 but still feel bad if you have trouble with absorption. Listen to your body.
Choose enriched foods
There are many cereals and breads, and even non-dairy milk and cheese that are fortified with vitamin B12. Nutritional yeast is also a good source of Vitamin B12. Make sure you check labels and make sure you get items that have vitamin B12 in them.
Take a B12 supplement
It’s better to be safe than sorry. B12 deficiencies can actually be pretty scary and can result in hearing loss, brain and nerve damage and other lovely issues. If you take a B12 supplement a couple times a week that should suffice. The best way to get B12 other than through food is through supplement tabs or sprays. Pills are actually hard for the body to break down and you lose a lot of vitamin B12 in the construction of the pill.
Everyone benefits from B12
Vegetarians and vegans aren’t the only ones who need to make sure they get enough B12 in their diet. A huge part in vitamin B12 deficiency lies not in the intake, but in the absorption. You need fibers in your stomach lining to be able to correctly absorb this essential vitamin, and people over 50 commonly do not have as many of these fibers anymore. People in this situation should follow the same instructions as vegetarians and vegans to increase B12.
Vitamin B12 is essential for energy and vitality. If you want to feel great and vibrant, make sure you follow these simple tasks to make sure you have enough vitamin B12 in your life. Keeping a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle does not have to make you deficient in anything your body so desperately needs. You may just have to work a little harder to give your body what it desires. There are many ways to get vitamin B12 in your diet, and they are easy tips to follow.