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Veganism and B12: what you need to know

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If you’ve read one of our previous blogs, you’ll know just how crucial it is to ensure that you are getting enough in your diet. A lack of this particular vitamin in your daily intake can lead to a whole variety of wellness issues, from fatigue to nervous system damage.

But how can this one vitamin be so essential to how our body functions? And why is it important to consume when you are living a vegan lifestyle?

What is B12?

Vitamin B12 is made by micro-organisms and isn’t produced by plants, and it is a fundamental vitamin to consume as it helps to speed up reactions in your body.

Our bodies do produce vitamin B12, but, because it is so far down our digestive tract, it means that we cannot absorb it. B12 is needed for red blood cells to be appropriately formed, and it is also needed for neurological functioning and proper DNA synthesis.

The NHS notes that when your body experiences a deficiency of B12, you can experience anaemia, weakness, fatigue, depression, memory loss, dementia, and even nervous system damage in some cases.

Who needs B12?

We all need B12 in our diets in order to function as best we can, but some people may need to incorporate B12 into their dietary planning consciously. People who are not vegan or vegetarian would be able to get their RDA B12 intake from animal products which include:

  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Dairy Products

Those on a plant-based diet may have to make more mindful decisions on how to incorporate B12 in what they are eating.  So, what can you consume when you are on a vegan diet that includes enough of this essential vitamin?

As plants do not make B12, vegans often have to source the vitamin elsewhere. Essentially, fortified foods and supplements are the easiest and most reliable ways of ensuring that you consume enough vitamin B12.

Our Reon Energise Powder Shots not only contain caffeine for that extra energy boost, but they also provide around 50% of your RDA for vitamin B12 – the best part about this? They are completely vegan-friendly!

How important is B12?

Vitamin B12 is essential for our everyday living, and there are many benefits from ensuring that you consume enough. Vitamin B12 is thought to help with our mood, as it has an essential role in synthesising and metabolising serotonin, which is the chemical that controls our mood. It is not fully understood by scientists exactly how B12 affects our mood.

One of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency is pale looking skin, and this because if not enough B12 is produced, malfunctions in red cell production can occur. This means that our red blood cells may be too big to travel around our body freely, which causes pale or yellow looking skin. So, when we consume enough, our red blood cell production is at its best, and our skin then takes on a healthier glow. As well as this, vitamin B12 promotes healthy skin and nails.

Getting enough of this crucial vitamin in your vegan lifestyle isn’t as complicated as it may have once seemed.

 

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