D and B12 — Important Supplements for Vegetarians

Continuing on with my posts of supplements, I want to mention two important supplements for vegetarians — Vitamin D3 and Vitamin B12

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is commonly found in foods such as oily fish like salmon, codfish, mackerel, and blue fish. Other food sources of Vitamin D2 include fortified milk.

Known as “The Sunshine Vitamin”, vitamin D is made by the body naturally when skin is exposed to sun.  However, using sunscreen blocks our ability to absorb vitamin D from the sun!

Getting enough vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved immune system functions. Research suggests that adequate amounts of vitamin D can protect against multiple sclerosis, heart disease and the flu

So…. since I follow a mostly vegan diet, and live in the northeast where the sunlight isn’t strong, my physician recommended that I take Vitamin D supplements.

 

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is required for proper formation of red blood cell, of DNA, and for proper neurological function. Vitamin B12, bound to protein in food (i.e.: meat) and is released by the activity of gastric acids in the stomach.  Vegetarians and people taking medication to reduce stomach acid do not get enough B12 from food and it recommended that they take a B12 supplement. As B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, the body doesn’t store it and so it is important to take the supplement regularly.

 

Mote: I am not advocating any particular brand of supplement, nor am I recommending that you take these or any supplement.  These posts are just me explaining what supplements I take and why.  You should always consult with your physician prior to taking any supplement.

 

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