VEGANUARY! ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH VITAMIN B12?
Veganuary is upon us and has over 400,000 sign-ups already. It is important to remember when changing to a more vegan-based diet that you ensure you are getting a reliable source of vitamin B12. B12 is a nutrient needed to help speed up reactions in your body, deficiency can cause anaemia and nervous system damage.
In the UK the recommended dose of vitamin B12 is 1.5mcg per day. B12 is made by micro-organisms and isn’t produced by plants. Vegans can normally get their B12 from fortified foods which have B12 added to them. For example, fortified non-dairy milks and yogurts, nutritional yeast and marmite. If you eat these foods regularly then you may be getting enough B12 to hit your RDA, you’re advised to aim for 2 portions of these foods per day.
But did you know, VITHIT actually contains 100% of your RDA of vitamin B12. So, if you’re vegan and unsure where to get your B12 nutrients from, or you’re a meat-eater and want to make sure you are hitting the RDA, look no further than a delicious bottle of VITHIT!
If you feel you do get enough B12 in your diet, you need not worry either, B12 is non-toxic so there is no harm in taking higher levels, your body will only absorb what you need. If you would like to read more about the importance of vitamin B12 in a vegan diet, take a look at The Vegan Society website where they have information provided by health professionals and vegan organisations. But remember, these are general guidelines about nutrition. If you have concerns about your diet, please talk to your doctor about seeing a dietitian.
And it’s not too late if you do want to take part in Veganuary! Here is the signup