what is b12 vitamin

anonymous asked:

Sorry if it has already been asked but do you use vitamine pills and if so, which ones would you recommend? And what protein powder?

I used to take vitamin b12 (which i really recommend for vegans) and iron pills but just because i had problems with it. You only need to take supplements if you lack anything, if not it’s absolutely unnecessary to consume them :)

anonymous asked:


🌾What is your preferred calorie range?


🎄Who else knows about your ED?

Best friends (2) and Parents.

💊What vitamins do you take?

B12, vitamin D & C, biotin, OMG3 and a weightloss pill.

anonymous asked:

'Vitamin B12 is a microbe' what the H?

Well, my response was aimed at the anon who is having to deal with the rather misinformed “B12” myth, they didn’t need a full breakdown of what B12 is and isn’t, but I’ll try to do that now.

It has long been assumed that B12 is produced by bacteria in the large intestine, but since B12 is produced below the ileum (where B12 is absorbed), it is not available for absorption. It is thought that this may be why many species eat their own feces, to absorb the B12 which otherwise would be wasted. There was even a study performed where participants with a B12 deficiency were given a supplement synthesised from their own stool, and it cured their deficiency in a similar manner. It is thought that plant eating animals absorb B12 through soil microbes that live in symbiotic relationships with plant roots- hence my classification of B12 as a microbe- the B12 itself is of course not a living organism, but its inclusion in animal diets are often due to the consumption of that microbe. Basically I was saying is that only bacteria and microbes can make it; there is no vegetable, fungi or animal that produces it on its own. 

Many vegans choose to supplement vitamin B12 (this is a good one by the Vegan Society) as it is hard to acquire without fortified foods; it is added to soy milk just like it is added to cows milk. It’s important to note that 40% of the population are B12 deficient. Supplementing isn’t a vegan thing, its a people thing, many people choose to do it just to be on the safe side, but it isn’t an absolute necessity. You can also get plenty of B12 in things like bran cereals and nutritional yeast. Adults need around 2.4 mcg of B12, just to put that in context, a single cup of soy milk gives you half that amount, and 100g of oatmeal contains about a third. So that’s 5/6 of your daily B12 with just a bowl of oatmeal with soy milk. 

Some carnists will argue that veganism cannot be a “healthy” or “natural diet” since this vitamin is missing so we are supplementing it. However, this fails to take into account the extent to which intensive farming has depleted soil. Before intensive farming and pesticide use, this vitamin would be present on pretty much any vegetable taken from the ground. Because of pesticides however, we now need to wash our fruits and vegetables and we don’t get this B12. Meat eaters get it because cows eat grass which is unwashed, and the B12 goes into their flesh, which meat eaters then eat. It is also added artificially to cows milk or animal feed. I don’t know about you, but I think that a little fortified soy milk, nutritional yeast or even a supplement sounds a lot more natural and efficient than filtering your B12 through someone else’s body.

Hope that clears things up a bit!

takemetoahappyplace  asked:

What's your source for vitamin B12?? It really only comes from meats and dairy..

Do you mean it comes from the supplements animals get in farms?

Vitamin B12 it is the only vitamin synthesized exclusively by microorganisms (bacteria). Vitamin B12 is produced by soil microbes that live in symbiotic relationships with plant roots.

The B12 in animal products comes from the soil that the animal consumed, making it part of their bodies, which is then consumed by people who eat their flesh. However, pesticides prevent essential bacteria from producing B12. In fact, 90% of B12 supplements produced in the world are fed to livestock on factory farms. Vegans can find a reliable source of B12 in fortified nutritional yeast, fortified plant-based milks, and dietary supplements. Some claim that B12 is available in organic fruits and vegetables grown in rich soils. However, this is such a tiny amount of B12, you’re honestly better off just eating the dirt from the ground.

If you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, it’s important to eat breads, cereals, or other grains that have been fortified with vitamin B12, plant based milks and other products comes fortified as well, or take a daily supplement. A standard multivitamin delivers 6 micrograms, more than enough to cover the average body’s daily need. Also our body produce it naturally, or you can eat unwashed organic fruits and vegetables with some soil intact. For more info on B12, check out:

to answer the question if i take any Supplements as a vegan: yes i do. i take vitamin b12 because i experienced what it means to have a lack of it and i’m honest, no one wants to experience this. my b12 is from yoga body Fitness but sometimes i also do buy it at an organic store 😊

anonymous asked:

Is it safe to take a b12 supplement if I'm already taking a multivitamin that has b12 in it? I still don't feel like I'm getting enough (I'm vegetarian transitioning to vegan) but I can't find any clear answers on this. Any suggestions? Also any specific multivitamins you'd recommend or what to look for? Thanks for any help!

vitamin B12 has extremely low toxicity, with a number of studies finding no negative consequences resulting from daily dosages far above the recommended amount.

For anyone in a high risk category for vitamin B12 deficiency, a multivitamin will most likely not be enough, and a separate, dedicated B12 supplement would be recommended.

^ I found this info here.
Always stick with Methylcobalamin form of B12. I get this. I actually don’t take multivitamins. I found these multivitamins you can check out (x)(x)(x) last two don’t say what form of b12. Can write and ask though. (Avoid cyanocobalamin, a lot of multivitamins use this form because its cheaper, but also really unnatural and our bodies don’t even recognize it was something we need. Can read about the two here.) 

anonymous asked:

I've been vegetarian since September of last year but I'm so compelled and ready to become vegan. 1. Where would I find my calcium and vitamin B12? 2. Is it expensive? 3. What are your meal plans throughout your typical day? It just helps me have an idea ☺️ love, a potential vegan xoxo

Calcium: leafy greens, tofu, fortified milks and orange juice, bok choy, broccoli and even grains, beans and fruits. (we actually don’t absorb calcium from dairy, I was dangerously deficient before I became vegan)

B12: nutritional yeast, fortified cereals and milks, tempeh, miso, supplements

It’s not expensive at all, just like a diet that includes animals, it will entirely depend on your budget. During LBL, I ate plenty of food and it was all plant based, for less than $2 per day. Rice, beans, vegetables, pasta, oats and so on are all very affordable vegan staples. In many/most countries, eating plant based is the norm and things like meat or dairy are luxuries only afforded by more affluent families. 

I don’t do meal plans, but I can tell you some sample meal ideas!

Breakfasts: banana ice cream, banana bread porridge, apple and cinnnamon porridge, peanut butter on toast, avocado and tomato on toast, baked beans on toast, scrambled tofu with grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, acai bowl, mango berry sorbet, granola, bircher muesli, weetbix, cornflakes, watermelon with passionfruit, papaya boats, coconut yogurt and muesli, sultana bran, big smoooothies, fruit salad, fruit mono meals, etc

Lunch: (see breakfasts or dinners)

Dinners: Veggie stir fry, burritos, nachos, pizza, pasta, sushi, soup, pad thai, curry, buddha bowls, risotto, rice and beans, chilli, veggie burgers, roast veggies, tagine, san choy bow, noodles, dumplings, all of the things!

Snacks: dates, dried figs, carrots and hummus, popcorn, smoothies, oatmeal, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, chocolate, corn thins with dips or veggies, peanut butter and apples, oeros, bliss balls, anything!