Following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle may be good for the planet—but you may not be getting enough B12. Some vegans may not give B12 a second thought. They may feel they can get all their nutrients from their plant-based diet, but B12 that is mainly found in animal products is essential for healthy red blood cell growth.
A review of studies just published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has confirmed that vegetarians are particularly prone to vitamin B12 deficiency. The reviewed studies documented relatively high deficiency prevalence among vegetarians, especially vegans who do not ingest vitamin B12 supplements.
Gene Bruno, formulator at Twinlab, suggests that vegans may want to get their B12 in the form of a lozenge. Twinlab B-12 Dots and Mega B-12 Dots are lozenges also known as quick-dissolve microtablets. Besides the convenience factor, research has demonstrated that vitamin B12 lozenges are well-absorbed. In one study, when 500 mcg/day vitamin B12 was given to men and women in the form of a lozenge, the results were that blood serum vitamin B12 levels almost tripled within four weeks.
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that helps to build and maintain healthy cells, is used to create DNA, plays a role in protein and fat metabolism, and helps to support healthy energy levels. Twinlab’s cherry-flavored Mega B-12 Dots dissolve quickly in the mouth, delivering 5,000 mcg of vitamin B12 that is easily assimilated for increased bioavailability. The convenient, portable-sized bottle is great on the go, so you can get your B12 when you need it most. The vegetarian formula is free of added gelatin and contains no added preservatives, fructose, honey, artificial flavors or colors. Twinlabs B-12 Dots are available as 500 mcg microtablets or as Mega B-12 Dots (5,000 mcg microtablets).