|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Many of you believe that Vitamin B-12 supplements are critical to the health of vegans. I believe this to be pure nonsense. In 1996, Victor Herbert determined that B-12 deficiency is rare among vegans, even though most do not take supplemental B-12. His landmark work was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 59(suppl), pp. 1213S- 1222S. Herbert wrote: "To a great extent, B-12 is recycled from liver bile in the digestive system...The enterohepatic circulation of vitamin B-12 is very important in vitamin B-12 economy and homeostasis...bodies reabsorb 3-5 mcg of bile vitamin B-12. Because of this, an efficient enterohepatic circulation keeps the adult vegan, who eats very little vitamin B-12, from developing B-12 deficiency disease..." Despite real science, the B-12 myth continues. If you feel that you must eat B-12 (which is produced by bacterial action), then buy organic carrots and be sure to eat the unwashed roots. Washing will kill the bacteria, rich with Vitamin B-12.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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