If you interested in your health, I hope you know that very Low Vitamin B12 intake can cause anaemia and nervous system damage. The only reliable animal-free sources of B12 are foods fortified with B12 and B12 supplements. Vitamin B12, whether in supplements, fortified foods, or animal products, comes through micro-organisms. Achieving an adequate B12 intake is easily achieved through taking one B12 supplement a day providing at least 10 micrograms. Vegans need to take B12 via fortified foods and/ or supplements. But even vegetarians or omnivores (especially if you are over 50 years old), might need supplements. I recommend visiting your personal physician at least once a year to do a thorough blood test to see if there are any shortages of vitamins or other nutrients.
I’m going to order vitamin B12 from the Vegan Society. If you are interested, please place your order here before 31/08/2015. You will be able to pick up your order in Ghent or in Brussels at a central place (date and place communicated upon order confirmation).
The ingredients as stated on the website of the Vegan Society:
A blackcurrant or orange flavoured multivitamin formulated by The Vegan Society in conjunction with HealthPlus. Designed specifically for Vegans, but suitable for everyone, this supplement provides EU recommended daily allowances (RDA’s) of: Vitamin B2 (1.6mg – 114%); Vitamin B6 (2mg – 143%); Vitamin B12 (10µg – 400%); Vitamin D (10µg – 200%); Folic Acid (200µg – 100%); Iodine (150µg – 100%); Selenium (60µg – 109%).
This supplement comes in tubs of 90 or 180 tablets which is a THREE or SIX month supply for adults.
Directions: One tablet per day for adults. Half a tablet per day for children aged 2-12. Always chew or crush tablets for maximum absorption. Do not exceed recommended intake.
Ingredients: Sugar, Dextrose, Acacia, Selenomethionine (Selenium), Stearic Acid, Flavour (Blackcurrant), Ergocalciferol Preparation (D), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Magnesium Stearate, Riboflavin (B2), PVP, Folacin (Folic Acid), Potassium Iodine (Iodine), Cyanocobalamin (B12).
Price: 9,5€ for a tub with 90 pills (3-month supply); 18€ for a tub with 180 pills (6-month supply).
Payments: cash upon pickup or bank transfer prior to pickup.