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B12 for Plant Based and Vegan Diets

B12 for Plant Based and Vegan Diets


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A hot topic when discussing nutrition for plant based individuals, B12 goes beyond a supplement of concern for just vegans and vegetarians. ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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B12 is produced by bacteria found in soil as well as in the guts of animals (including humans) - but in order for the bacteria to make B12, the soil in which our plants grow in need to be rich in the mineral cobalt.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣Intensive over-farming has led soil to be deficient in cobalt causing a rise in deficiency of B12 in vegans and meat-eaters alike.¹ ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Researchers have found that nearly 40% of people in the US are deficient in B12. This can be due to the rise in industrially farmed animals and the minimal healthy soil contact these animals have.²⁣⁣ Meaning you could eat as much meat as you want and potentially still be deficient in B12.⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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More knowingly, studies show that vegetarians, particularly vegans, have lower serum vitamin B12 levels, and it is likely that anyone avoiding animal-based foods will eventually become deficient if their diet is not supplemented.³⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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We've got you covered though, Ode includes B12 in the form of Cyanocobalamin which has been studied more than any other type of B12 and is considered the most stable in reducing the risk of deficiency - because you've got other things to worry about.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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¹www.ars.usda.gov⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

²Balch, Prescription For Nutritional Healing. 4th Edition. Avery, 2006:p.20-21⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

³https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5622783/⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Carmel R (2006). Cobalamin (Vitamin B12). In ME Shils et al., eds., Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 10th ed., pp. 482–497. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.⁣

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