About Vitamin B12

 in the context of fundamental feeding patterns that exclude animal foodstuff

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An expression of the NPF view on certain aspects of this issue


One of the most crucial matters on the subject of vitamin B12 in relation to vegetable feeding patterns is the question in how far one can get sufficient of this vitamin the natural way, when adhering to such a feeding pattern that doesn’t contain animal stuff.

It’s a known fact that under contemporary circumstsnces it’s as good as impossible to get one’s daily need of this vitamin by just consuming vegetable food.

As a consequence it’s as good as generally considered very important to add farmaceutical B12 then.

But does this mean that naturally one cannot do completely without animal foodstuff (in which there’s plenty of vitamin B12)?

In this context it’s important to be aware of the hardly known (or maybe persistantly ignored) fact that naturally humans can hardly or not at all obtain animal foodstuff***. Also there’s the fact that naturally humans simply can hardly or not at all consume animal foodstuff, since it as good as always has to be prepared (in an unnatural way) before.
Meanwhile naturally there are many kinds of vegetable food available, that can very well be consumed without any kind of preparation.
As a consequence one has to draw the conclusion that naturally there has to be another way in which humans get their daily portion of B12 vitamins, no matter that they don’t consume any animal foodstuff.

Natural source(s) of B12

To the Nature Protection Foundation the solution of this mystery is in the fact that in a perfectly natural situation, where humans eat their fruits straight from the plant and don’t even think of washing, wiping or peeling them before, together with those fruits they eat a considerable quantity of excretion products, that have been deposited upon them by insects, that are present there in the natural undiminished numbers, as they aren’t combatted in any way.
Now, as it’s an in this context very important known fact that excretion products contain plenty of vitamin B12, this means that this alone might be the pre-eminently natural source of this vitamin for human beings who feed themselfs completely the natural vegetable way.

In nowadays situation however those who intend to eat the natural vegetable way will hardly get their daily portion of vitamin B12 thus, because in growing plantations o fruits or vegetables insects are relatively sporadicly present due to control.

It even is questionable whether they can get enough B12, in case they manage to obtain just fruits that have been grown without any kind of insect control. For it’s thinkable that because in the surrounding region insect control usually is practised up to the hilt, there simply are too little insects around any more in that region, including the plantations where no control takes place.
Maybe that in certain vast primeval forests one could still find enough wild fruits to feed oneself completely and without needing any B12 suppletion.

But as few or none of those who adhere to a feeding pattern that excludes animal foodstuff find themselves in a situation that allows them to get their food in such a natural way, as good as all of them will have to do with their usual special diet, plus farmceutical suppletion of vitamine B12.

More guidelines

The following can be regarded as an important peace of advice in this contex.

Even when adding B12 suppletion non-animal-food-eaters have to be very well aware of the fact that there are several factors which could cause that despite the suppletion a shortage occurs or persists.

These factors mainly are:

•  Consumption of food additions that kill or at least de-activate vitamins
•  Smoking
•  Use of sopoforics
•  Use of certain medications such as antacids

As for the mentioned food additions, the main ones that have the mentioned vitamins-killing effect both inside the foodstuff when added, and inside the body after they have been eaten together with the food they were added to, are salt, vinegar, pickles, (other) preservatives (with so called E-numbers) and alcohol, but there are various other ones with a less strong effect, such as pepper, mustard, allspice, and more.

As these factors also could cause that building adequate reserves of vitamins including B12 is omitted, it’s obvious that abstinence of these food-additions as far as possible is strongly recommended.

By the way:

It’s a known fact that several kinds of plant-food (among others hazelnuts and banana’s) also contain a (very small) quantity of B12 vitamins.

Generally experts claim that this however is too little to meet the daily needs of this vitamin. Could be though, that  when making this statement, it is assumed that one will receive the usual daily measure of salt, vinegar, other preservatives and alcohol.

If this is the case indeed, that would mean that the daily need of B12 is proportionally lower than mostly stated, in proportion as one avoids consumption of the mentioned vitamin B12-killing food additions, so that in this case a sufficient consumption of B12-containing plant food can already meet the daily needs to a significant extent if not fully, anyway.


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