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Vegans need to take vitamin B12 - Is it true?

Do vegans need to take vitamin B12? Time and again, vegans and meat eaters get into discussions in which dangerous half-truths are thrown around. Suddenly everyone becomes a health scientist - either to Convincing meat eaters or to be able to continue eating meat. But what is vitamin B12 anyway? And do vegans really need to supplement it?

The answer - and everything worth knowing about the Vitamin B12 - I would like to give you some tips in this article. Let's go!

Do vegans need to take vitamin B12?

It is true that the vitamin B12 produced by bacteria is only found in the necessary quantities in animal foods. There are also some mushrooms and algae with vitamin B12, but this type cannot be used as a coenzyme in our bodies. However, the vitamin does not come from the meat itself, as the meat industry has been telling us for decades in order to maintain the necessity of eating meat. Vitamin B12 has existed in the soil for thousands of years. For example, whenever you pulled a carrot out of the ground and ate it, you automatically consumed vitamin B12.

However, as many of our foods today are disinfected and processed in complex processes, they lose this original vitamin. Unfortunately, our body is not able to produce it itself. And that is precisely why we have to Vegans take it as a dietary supplementeven though, at around 4.0 micrograms per day₁, we actually only need tiny amounts for the body's own cell division metabolic processes. But vegans are not the only ones who need to supplement their diet. Animals such as cows also get the vitamin as a supplement in their food - and then pass it on to you in the form of their body parts on your plate.

Whether vegan or meat eater - in the end we all need to supplement vitamin B12 - whether in direct or indirect form. Fortunately, more and more foods are being supplemented with vitamin 12. For example, I have a favorite vegan cheese that is supplemented with vitamin 12. This gives me hope that nobody will have to supplement vitamin B12 in the future. 

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Tip: In our nutrient article on Vitamin B12 you will find more information worth knowing and you can go even more in depth.

We all need to supplement vitamin B12

Vegans need to take B12

It's amazing how many people are suddenly concerned about the health of vegans and vegetarians, while they treat themselves to meat that has been treated with antibiotics from the Factory farming and triples the likelihood of heart disease compared to a plant-based diet.₂

But anyone who takes a close look at the topic of vitamin B12 will realize that this is not a logical reason to continue supporting the exploitation of animals for our own taste buds.

Do you have any questions or suggestions about vitamin B12 and possible malnutrition? Then simply write me a comment.

Stay curious,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS: Do you need even more motivation to be completely convinced of veganism? Then take a look at this Documentaries for vegans an.

₁ German Nutrition Society: Vitamin B12 (cobalamins), available at [28.07.2020].

₂ National Institutes of Health: Eating red meat daily triples heart disease-related chemical (as of 08.01.2019), available at [07.05.2020].

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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