Whole, plant-based foods contain daily nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, that are vital for optimal health and longevity. Some people believe consuming the right foods will get you enough wholesome nutrients, while others stick to their daily supplements religiously. Just about any nutrient can be found in supplemental form, but there’s a lot of controversy around it, especially when it comes to B12.
B12 is important for the development and protection of nerve cells and red blood cells¹. It also aids in the protection of your DNA. When you don’t consume an adequate amount, you’re at a higher risk of developing many health issues, such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating, anaemia, weakness, and even nervous system dysfunction.
The biggest issue with B12 is that we, as humans, cannot go and get this vital substance on our own. It’s found in bacteria within the soil. Last time I checked, we don’t consume soil, and we tend to wash our produce thoroughly before eating. This helps to eliminate our exposure to parasites and other pathogens. However, without knowing, we’re automatically limiting our ability to consume B12.
On average, our general human population is B12 deficient, even if they do eat animal products. You see, animals that are used for consumption get their nutrients from plants, including ones that are still full of dirt. Even most animals don’t get adequate amounts of B12. However, they’re more likely to consume higher amounts than we are. B12 accumulates in the animals’ tissues, which then becomes a source of the vitamin for those who consume animals. That’s not to say the only way to get your daily dose of B12 is through consuming animal products. In fact, it’s far from it. I personally choose to consume plant foods that are more nutrient dense, along with a daily supplement of B12.
So for us whole-food, plant-based diet folks, a B12 daily supplement is the best way to ensure adequate amounts of the nutrient and will help in supporting our overall health.
Erica has been living a plant-based lifestyle for over eight years. She strives to help people achieve happier, healthier lifestyles through nutrient-dense, plant-based foods. She’s also a strong advocate for animal rights and the environment. She spends her free time crafting delicious recipes that are easy to make and reap the benefits of health. Erica also hosts The Plant Powered Podcast on iTunes!