Vitamin B-12 is a nutrient critical to keeping your body healthy. If there is only one supplement you take as a vegan, it should be Vitamin B-12. Living a plant-based lifestyle it’s nearly impossible to get enough B-12 through your diet, and there are very few sources of B-12 found naturally, so a supplement is often the best option.
Why is B-12 important?
B-12 is a very important vitamin that helps brain and nervous system function. Vitamin B-12 can be stored in the body for years, so a B-12 deficiency can be hard to recognize as it advances slowly over time. As well, given how difficult it is for our body to absorb B-12, it makes it even more critical to add it to our diets.
Some signs of a Vitamin B-12 deficiency
- “Brain fog” – feeling in a daze or becoming forgetful
- Loss of menstrual cycle
- Loss of appetite
- Tingling or numbing in the hands and feet
Severe B-12 deficiencies can lead to loss of vision, hearing and permanent nerve damage. It’s very important to listen to your body and address issues right away.
What I use for Vitamin B-12
My husband and I take a B-12 supplement every morning that dissolves under our tongues. Vegan B-12 supplements can be very difficult to find as it’s typically found in animal protein. We use AOR METHYLCOBALAMIN, which is vegan and gluten-free.
I recommend speaking to a doctor and having a blood test done to ensure you are receiving the proper nutrients. This doesn’t just go for a vegan diet, but for any diet, as our bodies are very complex and sometimes need a little bit of extra help.