Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin B12

If you aren’t on a plant-based diet, then you may not know about the importance of Vitamin B12. However, as a vegetarian, vegan, or if you are eating based on any other plant-focused diet, you will know that where you get your Vitamin B12 is a big concern for many people.


About Vitamin B12


Vitamin B12, otherwise known as cobalamin, is an essential Vitamin crucial to nerve tissue, brain function, and red blood cell production. Vitamin B12 is water soluble vitamin, which means that it goes directly to your blood stream and it can be excreted if you intake too much. However, unlike other vitamins and minerals, Vitamin B12 can also be stored in the liver. The RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) is 2.4 mcg for individuals aged 14 & above, and increases for women going through pregnancy or lactation. 


There are four different types of Vitamin B12 - methylcobalamin, hydroxocobalamin, cyanocobalamin, and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin. A few of these are naturally occurring, but there are also pharmaceutically synthesized versions.Typically, Vitamin B12 is found in animal products like meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. However, recent research proves that water lentils are one plant-based source of Vitamin B12. The dietary supplement sector also offers oral and sublingual Vitamin B12 supplements. Unfortunately, though, these are often unnatural, synthesized forms.


Vitamin B12 Deficiency


Vitamin B12 deficiency is very common in the United States with as many as 3 million adults diagnosed with a deficiency every year. Often this includes older adults, individuals with gastrointestinal disorders, vegans, vegetarians, and pregnant and lactating women; however, other individuals can also be deficient without knowing. 


Vitamin B12 deficiency often showcases itself as fatigue, weakness, constipation, and weight loss. Other symptoms include neurological damage such as numbness of the extremities, confusion, and memory loss. Most of these symptoms can be reversed with treatment such as weekly or monthly injections. However, long term deficiency can also cause irreversible damage. Vitamin B12 is also important because it has been proven to regulate and lower homocysteine, an amino acid considered a risk factor for both cardiovascular disease and dementia.


Foods with Vitamin B12


Most sources of Vitamin B12 are animal derived such as shellfish, meat products, dairy products, or poultry. However, water lentils are another plant-based source of Vitamin B12. Water lentils contain a high source of Vitamin B12 and are one of the only plants to contain this Vitamin


Water lentils have 1 mcg Vitamin B12 in 24 grams, which accounts for 42% of one’s daily intake. When comparing that to other animal sources such as eggs and chicken, water lentils contain more Vitamin B12 per gram. One egg contains only 0.86 mcg Vitamin B12 while 100 grams of cooked chicken only contains 0.24 mcg, which is only 10% of one’s recommended daily allowance. Additionally, 100 grams of plain Greek yogurt contains 0.52 mcg of Vitamin B12, which is also less than the 1 mcg that 24 grams of water lentils provides! 


Conclusion


Overall, Vitamin B12 deficiency is a prominent problem around the United States and other countries around the world, especially amongst plant-based and elderly populations. This deficiency can cause irreversible neurological damage and the treatment consists of lifetime injections every few weeks. Contrary to previous beliefs, animal sources are no longer the only source of Vitamin B12. Recent research has shown that water lentils contain a high source of this B Vitamin and can provide the body with more Vitamin B12 than other common animal products. Water Lentil Lean contains 42% of one's daily value for Vitamin B12, which makes it the perfect addition to any plant-based diet!

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What are water lentils?

Water lentils are small flowering plants that grow on the surface of fresh water. Our water lentils are grown on our farms in Central Florida. We use no pesticides and we are able to recycle 98% of our water usage on our farms. Water lentils also double in size every 36 hours so we harvest every day all year round, which allow us to produce far more than any other seasonal plant! 

Water lentils are extremely nutrient rich and contain plant protein, dietary fiber, Omega-3s, antioxidants and are considered a superfood because of their incredible nutrient density. They are equivalent in nutrient density to other superfoods like spinach, kale, and moringa. 

Why choose water lentils over another superfood?

All of our products use water lentils as our main ingredient. Our team has spent years perfecting how we grow water lentils and how we make it into a powder. We strive to bring you the best tasting, most nutritionally dense superfood products. Whether you are taking our water lentils for the high-quality protein, superfood nutrient qualities, perfect blend of fiber or Omega-3 content, we believe it will make a difference. Minimally processed, pesticide-free, and sustainably grown, our water lentils are the best superfood to nourish your body with essential nutrients. 

I haven't heard of them before - are they safe?

Our water lentils recently received FDA GRAS Approval, which means that the FDA has certified our Water Lentils as safe to consume. Our Water Lentils are also regularly tested for a variety of heavy metals to make sure that it passes all federal regulations and is safe for ingestion.

Will it help with my digestive issues?

Real Source does not intent to treat, prevent, cure or diagnose any disease. However, Real Source's main ingredient Water Lentils contain the perfect blend of soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber has been proven to improve digestion and prevent constipation. The Supergreen LENTEIN® Superfood products contain up to 12g of fiber to support healthy digestion and all of the Boosts contain probiotics to improve your gut health and other superfoods that are known to support digestion.

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Our Supergreen LENTEIN Superfood Shakes are incredibly simple to use and add to your daily routine! Simply add 1 scoop to cold water, juice, or a smoothie and enjoy!

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