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Hello all,

I'm not raw by any means, but I started slowly.... I went to a conference last week with Doug Graham who eats basically fruits and vegetables... however, he didn't discuss the issue of vitamin b-12 in the conference....

I wonder where would one get the B-12 by only eating raw fruits and raw veggies???????????

any ideas???
 

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accidently eating worms or bugs in the fruit? Not washing your fruit/vegies. Since it comes from the guts of living animals mainly, I can't see any alternative than to be a little hygene challenged.
 

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most raw people i know either don't supplement at all or use fortified foods; they trust they get everything just from their food. i've read of it working quite well for people like Storm, Jinjee and their children from thegardendiet.com They even were getting tested regularly to prove it.

or, the rest of the raw group will take supplements.
 

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Brendan Brazier who is mostly raw and 100% vegan says in his book Thrive "Also, chlorella contains the elusive (at least, in the plant kingdom) vitamin B12, which is extremely hard for vegetarians to find in forms other than laboratory-created tablets. Chlorella provides it, naturally." (p. 62)

www.brendanbrazier.com
 

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Actually, getting B-12 from sea vegetables is not reliable. Many if not all algae contain something that registers as "B-12" in certain chemical assay tests, but isn't the real thing. Your body can't use it.
 

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Actually, getting B-12 from sea vegetables is not reliable. Many if not all algae contain something that registers as "B-12" in certain chemical assay tests, but isn't the real thing. Your body can't use it.
I'm interested. Do you have a source?
 

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http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/b12.htm

This isn't my original source- a long time ago I read an article (in "East West Masgazine", I think) about this topic. But it's been a hot topic for vegetarians and especially vegans for some time now.
 

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You can see on this site that with the shake at the bottom he mentions chlorella (last ingredient) and b12:

http://www.vegparadise.com/athlete1.html

I've heard of sea vegetation containing b12 but it seemed the evidence of it containing reliable amounts was lacking. Maybe he knows something I don't. If it's true then one could eat raw sea vegetation for that nutrient.
I also heard that sea vegetation has B-12 but can't be processed by human bodies.
 

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I get mine mainly from supplements. Here's a quote from an editorial in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Vegetarianism and vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) deficiency

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Clearly, recommendations for supplementation of vitamin B-12

are not that easily implemented, as witnessed by the continued documentation

of probable vitamin B-12 deficiency among vegetarians

described in this issue of the Journal. Nevertheless, the data are compelling,

and they indicate that vegetarians should routinely take cobalamin

or vitamin B-12 supplements, which in their generic form are

relatively inexpensive.
 

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Another quote (same editorial)

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The existence of clear-cut biochemical evidence of perturbed

vitamin B-12 metabolism in vegetarians and the fact that hyperhomocysteinemia

is a risk factor for occlusive vascular diseases

(20), some neural tube defects (21), congenital heart defects (22),

and dementia and Alzheimer disease (23) should spur even the

most skeptical vegetarian to efforts to reverse an easily preventable

dietary deficiency of vitamin B-12. Yet, studies on unique

groups in the West such as Seventh-Day Adventists that showed

the extent of poor cobalamin status (24) also highlighted the difficulty

of persuading even highly educated populations that are at

risk to routinely take cobalamin supplements (25, 26).
The editorial linked to above refers to the article in the same issue (on page 131). Here's a link to that article

Vitamin B-12 status...in vegetarians

To see it you might have to click on "Begin Manual Download".
 

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To get B12 you need to drink wheat grass juice.
I've never heard that before. What's your source?

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Nutritional yeast also has B12 in it. Saw that one on the jar when I was shopping today.
It isn't in there naturally so the nutritional yeast you saw is fortified with B12. So we shouldn't assume that all nutritional yeast has B12 in it but need to read the label.
 
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