Are Vegetarians deficient in Vitamin B12? Natural ways to fulfill the deficiency.



Are Vegetarians deficient in Vitamin B12? How do they get it?

What is Vitamin B12?

It is an essential vitamin also called as Cobalamin that the human body needs to produce red blood cells and DNA, as well as the proper functioning of our nervous system.

It is naturally found in animal foods, including meats, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy. Nowadays it can also be found in products fortified with B12, such as some varieties of bread and plant-based milk.

Recent studies and research, however, has shown that B12 is found actually in the dirt of the soil, so long as it is pesticide and GMO-free. Hence any vegetable that is grown directly on the land, like the root vegetables have them in good quantities. The reason why animals got them more is that they were fed plants that are abundant in Vitamin B12.

 

Who is likely to have a deficiency?

  • Vegans
  • Lactose Intolerant people,
  • Fruitarians
  • Flexitarians.
  • Anyone who is too much hygienic or stay ultraclean!
 

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency:

Pale skin, fatigue, prickling sensation or numbness in hands and feet, dizziness, blurred or disoriented vision etc.

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Remedies:

While there are supplements like methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin (oral and injection) that can address the immediate needs if one is diagnosed deficient of B12, for more permanent solution, they can begin getting their hands and feet dirty by doing some gardening, playing in soil barefoot, not washing vegetables and fruits too many times (as they can retain beneficial bacteria that’s nothing but Vitamin B12) and avoiding hand sanitizers that do more harm than good as they remove even the good bacteria from our hand. Over a period of time, the symptoms of deficiency must disappear, and you must be able to lead a normal life.

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