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Vitamin B 12 is an important vitamin and it has the greatest impact on the human body. Therefore, it is also referred to as the king vitamin. It is responsible for the physical, mental and emotional health of humans. The most important task of vitamin B 12 is blood formation, metabolism and the nervous system. Consequently, it is not difficult to imagine what happens when a person suffers from a vitamin B 12 deficiency. Vitamin B 12 cannot be produced artificially in the laboratory, which is why people have to get it from food. However, another factor is also important in the human intestine, it must be ensured that it is able to convert the vitamin supplied to it accordingly.
Meat, fish and eggs are almost exclusively carriers and suppliers of vitamin B 12. However, it is still found in milk in very small amounts, but only in fresh, unpasteurized (heated) milk. People who maintain a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle therefore run the risk of suffering from a vitamin B 12 deficiency and becoming ill. However, there are primitive peoples who also eat purely vegan or vegetarian food, they do not suffer from a B 12 deficiency, since their food is not treated and cleaned under European hygienic conditions. These primitive peoples get enough of the vitamin they need through animal droppings and microorganisms that cling to the plants they eat. This could also be proven with Indians who immigrated to Europe and had previously eaten vegetarian/vegan in their homeland. Shortly after entering the country, they suffered from anemia, for example, because they now ate very “clean” food. So far it has been assumed that vitamin B 12 is also contained in algae and soy products, but scientific studies have been able to determine that it is only B 12 analogue, i.e. a vitamin that has the structure, but nothing else and therefore is worthless for the body as a vitamin B 12 supplier. dr medical Gabriel Cousens, doctor, nutrition expert and vegan himself, therefore strongly advises all vegetarians and vegans to take a vitamin B 12 tablet every day to prevent a deficiency.
It has been found that vegans and vegetarians are more likely to suffer from depression, neurological diseases and anemia than people who eat meat, fish or eggs at least occasionally.