Can you get vitamin B12 without eating meat?

Yes. A regular, reliable source of vitamin B12, which is critical for anyone eating a plant-based diet, can be taken in the form of a supplement or B12-fortified foods.

Vitamin B12 is not made by plants or animals, but by microbes that blanket the earth. Our fellow great apes get all the B12 they need eating bugs, dirt, and feces, but I’d suggest supplements instead!

Watch this video to learn more about the optimal dosage of vitamin B12:

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.


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