One of the frequently asked questions during my health talks is the source of Vitamin B-12 for vegetarians.
The audience is concerned because Vitamin B12 is necessary for the synthesis of red blood cells, the maintenance of the nervous system, and growth and development in children. Deficiency can cause anaemia.
Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamin) is exclusively synthesised by bacteria and is found primarily in meat, eggs and dairy products. These foods are not good for health in the long run.
If such is the case, where can vegetarians get their source of Vitamin B-12?
Do not worry as it may be obtained from fermented soya products, seaweeds, algae such as spirulina, Korean “pau-chai” and brown rice.
Both my children (aged 15 and 9) grow healthily with the above. We do not have to take meat, eggs and dairy products to have Vitamin B12.
After all, vitamins and minerals are micro-nutrients. We do not have to take a lot of food to derive the necessary vitamins required daily.