We all know B12 as that elusive vitamin that people don’t get enough of. It’s a “wonder vitamin” that even in very small doses has a huge impact on the body and brain. It’s essential in preventing anaemia and promoting a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B12 is made by microorganisms that are usually found in gross animal-derived products, but the good news is that there are numerous vegan sources out there. Here are a just a few:
Vitamin-Fortified Almond, Soy, Hemp, or Coconut Milk
Yep! Something you may already have in your fridge is full of B12 and many other vitamins – another reason why it’s way better than a cow’s udder secretions
Yet another magical quality of this vegan fairy dust is its prestigious status as a source of vegan B12. Note: Only certain brands of nutritional yeast contain added B12, such as Urban Platter, Bragg, and Bob’s Red Mill – it’s always a good idea to check the label to be sure.
Fortified Vegan Cereal
Start your day off with a bowl full of B12 so you won’t have to worry about it later.
While Marmite is perhaps one of the most contentious condiments of all time, one thing that’s indisputable is that this savoury spread is packed with B12.
Fortified Snack Bars
If your hectic day doesn’t allow for a lot of downtime, you can also find B12 in tasty vegan bars that work well as grab-and-go breakfasts or pre- or post-workout snacks. Try All Good Taste Protein Bar, which fulfils 33% of your daily B12 requirement and contains natural ingredients such as cranberries and chia seeds.
Plant-Based Vitamin B12 Supplements
For those who want to get their vitamin B12 dose all in one shot, there are plenty of vegan multivitamins, B12 tablets, and even sprays that will give you what you need for the entire day. In India, many brands sell B12 supplements, but two of our favourites are Unived and Wellbeing Nutrition. It has been said that when you go vegan, everyone around you suddenly becomes a nutrition expert. In response to the inevitable “If you’re vegan, where do you get your ___?” questions, PETA India’s got you covered with more quality nutrition lists in our free vegan starter kit: