Hello Everyone ^.^
I was just wonder how you get your vitamin B12? My mom and I just realized we aren't eating enough food with B12 in it and because it is commonly found in animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) I am not sure where else to really get it. I am not fond of taking supplements (a.k.a. I don't want to at all) so as stated above where do you get yours.
Seaweed has some cobalamin (b12) in it, specially nori.
I supplement as I feel that it is the safer option. I think that you can get it from fermented food as it is made by bacteria.
I just found out that I'm low in B vitamins as well (and consequently white blood cells).
The only thing I've been consuming with B12 specifically is nutritional yeast. Legumes and peas have other B vitamins though. I was wondering if anyone tried marmite? I just discovered it today. I really don't want to put dairy into my body, but I NEED these vitamins. Have always been against supplementing, as what we're incapable of absorbing goes where it doesn't belong in the body. It just scares me.
This is so frustrating, it's cake to find options for vegetarians, pretty easy for vegans too, but raw vegan? It's like all we have left is supplements. :mad:
Edit: There is also no proof that seaweed has any b12 that is available to us, and some types can actually inhibit whatever b12 we may be getting.
IVE SEEN MANY SAY IT CAN BE FOUND IN SOIL SO DONT WASH YOUR GARDEN VEGIS , sorry caps on by accident . so if true that its in soil why not just mix some good organic dirt from a prepared area in yard with water then filter the solids out of water for a natural b12 drink ?????????
could even take say a big like 4 gallon stainless steel kettle / pot with lid , fill it with your choice of plant stuffs , leaves / grasses / etc , and let it decompose to soil that you use to make b12 water . question then becomes what would be best plant stuffs to make a b12 rich soil ?????????
Roman, the only reason it is found in soil is because it is in fecal matter. It's produced in the lower intestine. So, you'd be drinking poo-water. Not my first choice.
im not expert on the topic and even if was its a very seriously debated issue with to me no one having it completely figured out , but as far as i understand with or without creature waste matter in the soil there are some types of bacterias that create b12
Have you tried vegemite? :)
Originally Posted by Shels
The B12 in seaweed and mushrooms is more than likely (according to recent studies) of animal waste origin. In seaweed it would be the waste matter seacreatures, including bacteria, produces. All B12 isn't just the poo on top of the plants, but remants of it the plant absorbs from the soil. But those would be very base elements and gone through the plants own digestive system, so there would be marginal remnants left. Not enough to keep the body stocked. :(
Marmite is really nasty, IMO, my uncle likes it a lot though, but it's really salty...bleh
Originally Posted by Shels
But what about spirulina? It's algae, and you can buy it in tablets, then powder it up to add to smoothies or mix in with almond yogurt or drinks,
I heard the B12 in it isnt actually B12 though, but it's worth a shot, right?
B12 is really only found in bacteria- it comes from animal products because said bacteria live inside their intestines
Hey guys, thanks for the input. :D
I have since learned that one can find lots of B vitamins, including B12 in kombucha drinks, and water kefir drinks. Once I have a little money I'm going to get some water kefir grains and start growing away! It seems pretty simple and they just keep multiplying...
Oh, and they say there are also B vitamins in mushrooms.
When I was began researching the best diet for the human body I came upon eating raw vegan. "Now days it just makes sense." But anyhow, B12 was a subject that seemed to come up pretty often. So I kept searching trying to find if raw vegan was the optimal diet.
Well there's lots of topic considering B12. Some things I found on the internet was that the body produces it, but can't absorb it because it's too low in the colon or something to be absorbed before it exits from the body. Then I read something about fasting and B12 that made sense. If you fast and don't do enemas then you won't have as many BM's, so then B12 tends to stay in the body long enough that it eventually gets absorbed. "Which makes sense to me after everything I've read about fasting, health, and B12." But I've only found two references of it on the internet. I'll find the links. It's something I wanted to test for actually to see if my B12 levels went up after a fast. But I haven't done that yet.
And in a diet where we would be a gatherer I think we may end up unintentionally eating insects while eating grass and greens and such. And I think that would be another source where we would get B12 if we lived such a life. But I'm not gonna go eat insects though. And I don't think I'm gonna eat any vegetables that have poo on em enither though, for fear of parasites. But that's just me.
Something else I'm recalling atm is that many sources of B12 that are in plant foods like kombucha and others aren't the proper kind needed by the body. But I really don't know, it's just something I recall and you may wanna do your own research.
After everything I could find on B12 I've decided that I'll just get a B12 supplement and use it if I need it. And also do water fasting to increase B12 levels.
Here's that link. http://www.healself.org/Vitamin%20%20B12.html
I had another link, but it has changed and no longer has the water fasting info in it.
Fasting can help with absorption of other things as well. I have read of someone with low iron doing a fast and their levels went up.
I supplement B12 as well. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Nutritional yeast can be a good source, though I'm not certain on how raw that is.
nutritional yeast only contains b12 if its supplimented with it ,
it does not occur naturally in the yeast
from what ive read anyway , and ive read it from many sources
So I have been adding alfalfa sprouts to my salad and last night I decided to do a bit of reading on the sprout and discovered that it actually contains vitamin B12! Yes thatís right B-12, apparently it is one of the few plant sources that contain this vitamin. I thought I would share this with you just incase if you did not know this already.