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After twenty years of being a vegetarian I have decided to take the leap and become a vegan. I am told that vegan's need B12 supplements, and am confused about whether a vegan B12 vitamin is available. Since most B12 comes from the stomach linings of animals (gross) can anyone point me in the direction of a vegan supplement? Thank you very much.

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    Posted by IngridV at 03/31/13 15:59:13

    b12 for vegan is something chemical . i live in france so i can't really tell you any brand but it's definetely ok and really useful!
    do a blood test in 6 month and see. it seems that people are really unequal w b12 need. I myself was already lacking badly of b12 beeing just vegetarian, in contrary i ve some vegan friend, that have been vegan for years and have a sufficient among of b12 in their cells.

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    Posted by irishmouse at 04/01/13 12:17:08

    Thank you for your response Ingrid! I will look for the vegan version and have the blood level checked six months from now.

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    Posted by SeekerOfTheWay at 04/01/13 14:21:26

    I take Jarrow Formulas Methyl B-12 5000 MCG tabs. It is a vegan formula. Expensive but needed. I have never had my B12 levels checked but I assume that after 10 years vegan, I have depleted my stored B12. It is tasty too.

    I also look for B12 fortified foods.

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    Posted by irishmouse at 04/02/13 13:24:36

    Thank you SeekerOfTheWay, I will look for it. I appreciate your help.

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    Posted by beastodon at 04/06/13 13:02:59

    Hey does anyone know where they source this methyl B-12 from, like is it synthetic?

    B/c from what I understand if it was not synthetic then it would have to be sourced from an animal?

    I can't find any info on this, but some methyl B-12 supp's do claim to be vegan, i know the cheaper form cyan b-12 is synthetic and made in a lab.

    i'm going to start getting a methyl B-12 lozenge b/c i think i need it being so physically active, my multi does not have the methyl form and most multi's only have the cheaper less absorbed cyan b-12.

    anyways b-12 is only absorbed properly through sublingual or injection so this is a crucial individual vitamin to be buying. Thanks, just wondering where most methyl B-12 comes from...

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    Posted by knightofalbion at 04/07/13 05:26:20

    For the record, scientists recently dicovered that white button mushrooms are a dietary source of vitamin B -12.
    So the old chestnut 'there are no non-animal sources of vitamin B - 12' doesn't apply anymore.
    Here is the link
    www.pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf9010966

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    Posted by East Eden at 04/08/13 19:35:10

    I believe some nutritional yeast has B12, depending on the brand. I believe you can purchase even at GNC stores. i get mine at Wholefoods...

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    Posted by vegebald at 04/17/13 13:35:27

    I've been a vegan for 29 years, have had two bouts of B12 deficiency, and watch it more closely now. I currently get my B12 from a product called RevvNRG, an all-natural nutritional-energy supplement based almost entirely on Brazilian Rainforest ingredients. Their b12 comes from Cyanocobalamin which is produced from bacterial fermentation. A couple of times per year, when I sense that I'm not getting enough b12, I might take a vitamin B complex that includes substantial b12, which I bought from Whole Foods. Did you know that Aloe Vera juice supposedly contains b12? (it's controversial)

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