Why do we need Vitamin B12?
- Vitamin B12 is required for the synthesis of your DNA & fatty acids. It is also essential for normal blood & neurological function.
What if we don’t get enough Vitamin B12?
- Deficiency of Vitamin B12 can cause gut, neurological and haematological issues, with side effects including fatigue, numbness & tingling in hands & feet, memory loss, mood changes, balance issues & paralysis.
What foods contain Vitamin B12?
- Vitamin B12 is made by bacteria. Whilst there are some plant-based sources of Vitamin B12 like certain algae & plants exposed to bacterial action, humans obtain most of their Vitamin B12 from animal foods like red meat & dairy.
- The only reliable plant-based B12 sources are supplements/injections & fortified plant foods including some cereals, non-dairy milks & nutritional yeasts; but you must check your labels!
How much Vitamin B12 do we need?
- The Recommended Dietary Intake for Vitamin B12 is 2.4 µg/day. It’s a good idea to get your B12 levels tested regularly, particularly if you’re vegan/plant-based or over the age of 50.