Vitamin B12, which is also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin which is involved in the metabolism of every cell in the human body.
Where is it found?
Vitamin B12 was commonly found in the ground which are plants are grown, people who eat a plant based diet used to be able to get it from foods such as potato’s, but sadly now due to poor soil quality and industrial farming, less and less B12 actually makes it to our plate.
What about meat eaters?
The poor soil quality isn’t just a problem for us plant based peeps though – it’s a problem for people who eat farmed animals too. Cattle naturally get B12 and bacteria that produces B12 from the dirt around the grass roots, and chickens get B12 from pecking around for worms and other insects.
But sadly these days most factory-farmed animals are kept indoors and never even see soil during their lifetimes, so without a Vitamin B12 supplement they would be deficient themselves.
People who consume the meat from these animals are simply receiving their B12 from a supplement that was fed to the animals.
Benefits of B12
- Helps to maintain energy levels
- Helps to prevent memory loss
- Boosts your mood
- Helps to maintain heart health
- Helps to keep your skin and hair looking healthy
- Aids In digestion
Sources of B12
- Unsweetened soy milk
- Nutritional yeast
- White button mushrooms
- A good quality supplements