Vegans, Omnivores, and Vitamin B12
Updated: Jul 19, 2022
Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in your wellness, helping your body make DNA, regulate
your nervous system, and produce healthy red blood cells. Since your body cannot
produce Vitamin B12 on its own, it’s important that you get B12 from your diet or from
the supplements you take.
Which foods contain Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 naturally occurs in many animal products such as meat, fish, dairy, and
eggs. Beef liver and clams, specifically, contain some of the highest amounts of B12.
If you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, it is important to include foods in your diet that
have been fortified with B12. Many breakfast cereals, plant based milks, some types of
bread, nutritional yeast, and energy bars are now fortified with B12. Just check the
What are the signs of Vitamin B12 deficiency, and who is at risk for it?
Common signs of Vitamin B12 deficiency are fatigue, memory problems, unexplained
weight loss, constipation and problems with coordination. B12 deficiency can eventually
lead to anemia if left untreated. As we age, many of us do not produce enough stomach
acid to properly break down and absorb nutrients, including B12. If you are over the age
of fifty, we recommend adding fortified foods to your diet and taking a B12 supplement
regularly, as these are easier for your body to absorb. If you have undergone
gastrointestinal surgery (e.g., weight loss surgery), or you have a digestive disorder like
Celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, you may also be at a higher risk of B12 deficiency,
as these conditions affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
How can I get a Vitamin B12 supplement?
We offer multivitamins that contain B12, as well as several B12-specific supplements.
Our favorite is the FullScript Sublingual B12 supplement, available on our online store at https://www.eohinfo.com/store.
If you would like to know more about our vitamin supplements or you are concerned about B-12 deficiency, call us (614) 985-1435 to speak with one of our team members.
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