As a new study resurfaces, we learn that the deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause nerve deterioration, degeneration of spinal cord, or constant numbness. Doctors are highly warning vegans to reconsider the importance of vitamin B12. Such a warning comes ahead of the Veganuary event when a lot of people start a plant-based diet plan.
Also, doctors are worried that people see the risks of B12 deficiency linked with a vegan diet as a “myth.” They also advised them to get information on how to ensure they get enough of the vitamin if they go on past the first month. However, it would need many years to become deficient in B12, which can lead to constant numbness, neuropathy, degeneration of the spinal cord, or nerve deterioration.
Professor Tom Sanders, from King’s College of London, stated that a significant UK research on 172 vegan men had discovered almost a fifth of participants were prone to be “seriously deficient.”
Vegans Are More Predisposed To Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Tom Sanders added: “It’s something that can be easily avoided, and what concerns me is that many new people becoming vegan are unaware of the need to combine sources of plant proteins, and they are not aware of the need to make sure they’ve got adequate levels of B12…”
He also warned that substituting meat with alternatives such as cauliflower or jackfruit was not a good option in terms of protein. Some plant-based kinds of milk are too insignificant in protein and should have more vitamin B12.
Moreover, the consumption of nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, among youngsters can lead to vitamin B12 lack and “tip the balance to them getting serious neuropathy.” The experts from the Science Media Center, released a warning, as well, urging vegans to be aware of the increase of vegan “fast food.” They stated that there had resurfaced a “rapid, large increase in processed foods that look like animal foods but are not really designed to be nutritionally equivalent or better.”