It is still in the "normal" levels, but lower than normal. She suggested B12 supplements, but I'm weary of taking any kind of artificial vitamins/minerals, besides that, I've heard that taking B12 orally is not efficient (ie B12 injections are preferable). She insists that B12 is only found in animals and thus I need to either eat meat/dairy/eggs or take supplements (which are likely not vegan) What do you all think? Is there a natural, animal friendly way to increase my B12 levels?
There are people who have been eating a raw vegan diet for decades without supplements and who don't have any deficiencies; so it is possible to get or maintain it from solely vegan sources. But if you've tested low, you probably do want to just take a supplement every once in a while; they are not animal-derived.
b12 comes from byproducts..(yeast, dirt, poop..etc.) ... nutritional yeast is the most natural source in my opinion (that tastes good anyway!)... also it is 100% vegan. but you should always research the type of nutritional yeast you are buying as they come from different sources. usually grown on some type of molasses.
Thanks for the article rawcanadian- I've saved that to my favourites- it is interesting. Looking at the symptoms of B12 deficiency I haven't got one. I cannot have the nutritional yeast as I have an intolerance to yeast. I'm sticking with the Lidl fruit juice and the flax mix.
Interestingly, my mother, who isn't even vegeterian has vitamin deficiencies. She hasn't been absorbing calcium, iron and Vitamin D well. It seems to be caused by her gastric medications she takes. I've been telling her for about 4 years that if she took herbal mecicines for her gastric problems she would get better and not have problems but I think she must think me a silly hippy. She did go with me to the health shop after she found out her problems and got slippery elm- which cured my gastric problems. Also, she eats processed foods which cause indigestion- I keep encouraging her to eat some organic.I haven't seen her for awhile so I don't know if she is still taking the slippery elm or not.I had GERD really bad and herbs cured me.
I also had meadowsweet and licquorice for the GERD- but by far the best was slippery elm- and yes it is really bitter! I had it in tablets as I couldn't face the powder.I went from being unable to lie down to sleep (had to sleep sitting up), due to acid reflux and being unable to eat onions to being completely better in about 3 days.
Too bad. So how's your vitamin B12 level now? I hope you're doing fine now. When I was younger, I was diagnosed that I was low in this vitamin, too. What I did was to supplement myself with vitamin B12. I tried this: http://products.mercola.com/vitamin-b12-spray/ It's not a pill or tablet but a spray. It did good to me that time, and until now, I'm still using it. :)
I see that this is a pretty old thread, but I thought that I would also add that in my studies, sea vegetables are supposed to be a good source for B12. I believe that I read it in Depression Free For Life by Gabriel Cousans (sp?). I have found him to be a good, reliable source for information.
I have to agree with powerlifer. I recently found out that my B12 is extremely low. This has prompted me to really research it in deapth and I have found a lot of misleading information regarding sources of VIABLE, USABLE B12. Just as our bodies are able to better metabolize protien from plants as opposed to animal protien, the same holds true for many other things within our diet. What I mean is that sea vegtables may contain a type of B12 but that doesn't mean we are able to benefit from it. As a vegan I would love to believe and say that we are able to get an adequate amount of B12 purely from our diet alone. For some individual that may be true. Our bodies are all different and the human body only requires a very small amount of B12. However, for the vast majority of people, B12 must be obtained either through animal by-products, injections, or supplementation. At least that's what I've been finding through my research. Some people have an inability to absorb B12 in their small intestine and therefore sublingual suppliments is the best alternative. Monthly (or even bi-weekly) shots are also a good option for those individuals who simply don't remember to take the suppliments.