I have been reading a bit lately on B-12, since I know it's an important vitamin for our red blood cells and nerves to be healthy. Do you prefer taking supplements/vitamins or trying to get it through fortified foods, and if so, which ones? Thanks!
I prefer fortified foods just because it's incorporated into what I eat and not something I have to remember to take. The fortified foods I use the most are soy milk and nutritional yeast
I am a big fan of The Vegan RD for info like this. Ginny is a long-time vegan and registered nutritionist, and she knows her stuff! She doesn't recommend a lot of supplementing, but B12 is on her short list. This is a great post from her on finding a good supplement: http://www.theveganrd.com/2015/02/finding-the-best-vegan-vitamin-b12-supplement.html
She has another one about which supplements she recommends for vegans that's worth digging up, too, if you're interested in that kind of stuff.
I take supplement in the form of methylcobalamin, which is a natural form of B12, whereas cyanocobalamin is chemically synthesized. Natural forms always have better absorption.
I also take a B12 sublingual supplement every morning (in the form of methylcobalamin). It's the one nutrient we, as vegans, can't get from our diet and I don't want to rely totally on fortified foods. It's cheap and if you make it a daily habit it's no big deal. Just my two cents! I researched and wrote a blog post on the top nutrients we could possibly need to supplement if you are interested http://www.sexyfitvegan.com/top-7-nutrients-you-may-need-to-supplement/
I love the B12 supplements that also contain other B vitamins. There is a packet that Whole Foods sells called B12 energy. Love those. You can buy them on amazon too http://amzn.to/1i4dCHI
I supplement, mainly because I don't buy much processed food that has been fortified with B12. I currently take a 500mcg high-strength once a week, sometimes once a fortnight if I feel I don't need it that week. I would prefer to take a lower dose but I'm just working with what is available locally at the moment...
This makes sense. I was not sure if nutritional yeast had the right amount, but will look into it. Thanks!
I most absolutely am! I will check out her page and thanks for the rec.
I will have to check that out. Thank you!
We also recommend supplementing B12 - because you cannot know how full your stores are unless you've got tested for it. An omnivore diet doesn't promise lots of B12.This is a lengthy article on this topic: http://nutriciously.com/the-truth-about-b12/