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Vitamin B-12 Deficiency in Vegans and Raw-Foodists

Today’s Tip is:

“Take a Vitamin B-12 Supplement Just to Be Safe”

I get a lot of questions about deficiencies. I won’t go into the details of that today (I will in another tip), but let’s just say that the traditional view on deficiencies is completely upside down.

People think that they are getting deficiencies because they are not consuming *enough* of a certain nutrient. In reality, they are. What happens is they are not able to absorb the nutrients because of their overall state of health.

So the solution to deficiencies is not to take a supplement, in most cases, but to correct the assimilation problem.

However, if you’re a vegan, there’s an exception to be made for Vitamin B-12.

Too many vegans and raw-foodists have run into vitamin b-12 deficiencies.

It could be because we’re meant to eat small quantities of animal foods. It could be because we’re not getting the right bacteria in our colon. It could be for a number of reason… and to be honest, I don’t know the truth.

The debate is still out there.

Every other nutrient can be safely obtained from a vegan diet… but for vitamin b-12, we’re not sure.

So to be safe, and to avoid the problems related with a vitamin b12 deficiency, all vegan doctors recommend to take a supplement.

And I also do the same.

It’s the only supplement I recommend.

According to Gabriel Cousins, M.D. “A reasonable dose is 10-100 micrograms per day.” You can read more about this here:
http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/b12.html

I don’t sell it, but it’s available from many companies in the form of vegan tablets (the best are the sub-lingual ones, which are better assimilated).

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.