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This may have been asked before, but I'm just curious as how to other veg*ns, especially vegans, get enough vitamin B12. I've gotten a supplement, because even though I drink milk and B12 fortified cereal I'm not sure if I get enough since I went veg. I know soy milk can be fortified, so soy milk could probably provide as much as cow's milk. So, just wondering what everyone else does, because the B12 issue has made me a little uncertain.<br><br><br><br>
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some of the cereals I eat are fortified, not Kashi though. Sometimes I drink fortified soymilk. But I take multivitamin maltimineral that has enough of my daily need for b12.<br><br><br><br>
Hope this helps:<br><br><a href="http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/b12.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/b12.htm</a>
 

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I buy a multi-vitamin with an insane amount of the RDA of B12. As if that weren't enough, I also routinely have fortified soymilk on hand, and I've noticed a number of the veggie meat replacements are B12 fortified. Morningstar Farms Breakfast Sausage, for example.
 

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Thanks! Yea, my supplement has an insane amount of the B12 RDA also. Although I guess it can't hurt. I'll definitley look for nutritional yeast with B12 in it, also.
 

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I take a supplement and use fortified foods, when available.<br><br>
Just make sure you have a/some reliable source/s.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I think a number of breakfast cereals are fortified these days, too, especially the "natural food aisle" brands. Really, B12 is just everywhere you turn if you buy products aimed at health-conscious audience.
 

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B-12 currently doesn't have a known toxicity, but I feel the ones with 833% are a little overkill. I'm with Raddish on the Nutrtional yeast. I was also told by a nutritionist that I could soak some beans, let the B12 bacteria form and drink the water, but I think I'll stick to yeast and fortified milks and cereals
 

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833%, thats nothing, I once took a multi with over 1500% RDA of B12.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>faded_amaranth</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
833%, thats nothing, I once took a multi with over 1500% RDA of B12.</div>
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Dang... I'm impressed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>raddish</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Two words- Nutritional Yeast! Gorgeous stuff(in my opinion) and full of B12!</div>
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With nutritional yeast, a supplement, fortified soymilk, and flax, you should be good to go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Between multis, fortified food, the occasional energy boost in my jamba juice, nutritional yeast, and a chewable 1000mcg B-12 gumlet every few days, I figure I'm covered.
 

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833%, thats nothing, I once took a multi with over 1500% RDA of B12.</div>
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Mine has 1667%, according to the label. But I have read that your body absorbs it better when you have close to the amount you need rather than megadoses. Apparently when your body has way too much B12 (and this may be true for all water-soluble vitamins, I'm not sure) it tends to excrete too much of it, leaving you with too little. So more isn't necessarily better. I do wonder if these multis with huge doses are actually doing us a disservice.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tesseract</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I do wonder if these multis with huge doses are actually doing us a disservice.</div>
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I was wondering something along those lines also. I fugure I'll take the supplement only if I don't think I've had any other sources of B12.
 

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I take a B12 supplement every couple days, drink fortified rice milk, cereals and any place else I can get it. Also, the reason the percentages are soooo high in supplements is because your body only absorbs a small percentage, maybe 10-15%.
 

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833%, thats nothing, I once took a multi with over 1500% RDA of B12.</div>
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I take solgar b12 nuggets, they are 1000mcg a nugget and I like to have two at a time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br><br><br>
(that's 200,000 % RDA)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Seriously; I take b12 irregularly, and because of the high dosage I'm sure I never get too low.<br><br><br><br>
A higher b12 level in your blood also seems to be (can be) beneficial for your health (do a search on homocysteine)
 

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B12 should be taken with some regularity. Of the megadoses you will only absorb a little bit. All that isn't actively absorbed via binding to intrinsic factor is due to get lost quickly with the urine.<br><br><br><br>
In the normal absorption and transportation process B12 binds to intrinsic factor, is absorbed to cell, binds to another molecule, is realeased to the blood stream, bind to another carrier proteins, and is delivered to cell that need them. Some vitamin B12 of megadoses can be passively absorbed bypassing this system, but very ineffectively. And then lots of it is lost because it didn't bind to a carrier protein.
 

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833%, thats nothing, I once took a multi with over 1500% RDA of B12.</div>
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I agree with Lothar.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Your body will just get rid of what it doesn't need. I'm not sure why people think they need 1000% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of anything. Seems like extreme overkill to me, and a waste of money, since your body will just extrete 900% of your intake.
 

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Mine has 1667%, ...</div>
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Dang...you beat me to it. The multi I took previously, has 1667% as well. I always thought it was a bit of overkill. Now, I'm discovering that the form in which you take the B12 may be more important than the dosage.
 
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