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B12 Debunked

Debunking myths

Cobalamin, another name for vitamin B12, is a water-soluble vitamin that is produced by anaerobic bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract of animals. There is a common misconception that only cows produce this vitamin which leads many to believe that it is important to eat meat and dairy products, however, this is not the case.

Animals ourselves do not have the enzymes necessary to synthesize it, nor do plants or fungi. Since it is produced by bacteria in the intestine, it can be found in feces which can then contaminate vegetables, but this does not make this a good source of B12. 

So, remember to supplement your B12 from a vegan source! I recommend taking cyanocobalamin, though there are other presentations of the vitamin.

 


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