Getting the Right Amount of B12  

The nutrient Vitamin B-12 helps ensure that the body’s blood cells and nerves stay healthy. It assists in the production of DNA and also helps prevent megaloblastic anemia; a condition that makes people feel tired and weak. It is a vital nutrient for all humans, but is especially important for women who are pregnant, as it helps in the development of fetal brains and nervous systems.

B-12 In The Body

Vitamin B-12 is needed in smaller amounts than that of any other known vitamin and is generally stored in the body for long periods of time. Therefore, a deficiency is not a common occurrence except in high-risk populations, such as the elderly or in people that have digestive tract issues that interfere with the absorption of nutrients. B-12 deficiencies are also particularly high in individuals that eat vegetarian or vegan diets because it is only synthesized by specific bacteria that are found in meat-based diets. B-12 is found in the plant kingdom only rarely and comes in insufficient amounts.

Deficiencies of B-12 may not be detected in vegetarians until serious health problems occur because vegetarian diets tend to be rich in folic acid, which can mask the conditions. According to The Vegan Society, some vegans avoid clinical deficiency symptoms for up to twenty years or longer.

Until recently, B-12 was thought to be the only vitamin that is not reliably supplied from any plant-based diet, including those that contain a high number of fruits and vegetables, along with exposure to the sun.

Dietary B-12 Recommendations

The exact amount of Vitamin B-12 needed for normal optimal bodily function and development depends largely on one’s age. For instance, an infant requires only approximately 0.4 micrograms compared to children between the ages of 4 and 8 years old, which require a higher dosage of up to 1.2 micrograms.

Some significant discrepancies exist internationally regarding recommendations for Vitamin B-12 intake. In the United States, the recommended dose is 2.4 micrograms per day for most adults, increasing to 2.8 micrograms for mothers that are nursing. However, in Germany, the daily recommended dosage is 3 micrograms per day. To meet either of these recommendations, one needs to obtain enough B12 to absorb an average of at least 1.5 micrograms each day based on a rate of 50% absorption.

Supplementing Vitamin B-12

Vegans and vegetarians will often try tempeh, nori, and other plant-based sources of Vitamin B-12. However, but further supplementation is necessary because the vitamin only appears in trace amounts in these sources. Parabel, on the other hand, has discovered a plant-based, sustainable food source grown on aquafarms that can supply sufficient amounts of B-12. Botanically named Lemnaceae or duckweed, this water lentil is used to produce LENTEIN, a sustainable food that is GMO-free, and that also does not contain gluten, egg, dairy, or lactose.

Water lentils are not actually lentils but exist as flowering plants that do not have the lectins or anti-nutrients found in legumes. Their nutritional value is roughly equivalent to that of kale but has additional advantages. They are grown in large tanks of water that is recycled after harvest to grow more water lentils, so they are not only good for the human body. They also contribute to a sustainable planet.

LENTEIN and B-12

LENTEIN is made from water lentils. The water lentils contain methylcobalamin or adenosylcobalamin, two active forms of vitamin B12 in humans. It exists as a hypoallergenic, nutritionally-complete, green protein powder that is a good source of Vitamin B-12, and vegan protein. This minimally-processed nutritional powerhouse is available in easy-to-use protein powders and in protein supplements. The soy-free protein powder does not contain any gums and thickeners, sweeteners or other potentially harmful ingredients, and can be added to smoothies, cereals, and other foods. It has a pleasant, natural taste and is easy to digest, best of all, it’s safe enough to consume multiple servings of this superfood per day.

Everyone stands to gain from using LENTEIN, but it is especially beneficial to vegans and vegetarians, or individuals that commonly do not get sufficient protein, zinc, calcium, iron and Vitamin B-12. It has a complete amino acid provide, is rich in dietary fiber, and is high in iron, calcium and in Vitamin A. Not only does it provide healthful nutrition for the human body. Its environmentally-friendly growth and harvest methods help protect the planet. Try LENTEIN today to get your B-12 in!

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