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B12 is an essential vitamin that everyone needs in their diet. If you eat meat and dairy products, you probably already get plenty of this nutrient. However, vegans and vegetarians will need to make sure they consume enough. You may also need to pay special attention if you are 50 years or older or have just had weight loss surgery, as these two groups are more susceptible to B12 deficiency. 

Why Our Bodies Need It

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is generally not stored in the body. This means that you need to consume this vitamin regularly in order to reap its benefits. These include:

  • Producing healthy red blood cells
  • Central nervous system functioning
  • Brain functioning
  • Producing DNA
  • Regulating metabolism

B12 is vital for nerve health and supports your body’s production of DNA of red blood cells. It also maintains normal brain and central nervous system functions. You may experience anemia or nervous system damage if you aren’t getting enough B12 from your diet. 

Sources for Vegans and Vegetarians

Both vegans and vegetarians can obtain this vitamin by consuming the following foods:

  • Fortified cereal
  • Fortified nutritional yeast
  • Fortified non-dairy milk

Vegetarians can also consume dairy and animal products that are rich in B12 such as:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Liver
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Be sure to check the nutrition facts of fortified foods to ensure your body is getting the recommended adult daily intake of 2.4 mcg. If these options are not convenient or economical for you, supplements or injections are recommended.

B12 Injections at Louisville Hormone Replacement

Here at Louisville Hormone Replacement, we understand that a healthy diet is sometimes not enough, especially if you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet. We offer B12 Injections so that you can feel your best. If you are considering B12 injections and want to learn more about how they work, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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