Vi­ta­min B12, Di­a­betes, and “Su­per­agers”

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In a Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health study, ve­gan and vege­tar­ian par­tic­i­pants tended to score higher than meat eaters on a de­pres­sion-mea­sur­ing scale. While the re­sults don’t prove causal­ity, it wouldn’t be sur­pris­ing if nu­tri­tional short­falls were to blame, the re­searchers said. In par­tic­u­lar, veg­e­tar­i­ans and ve­g­ans are of­ten low in vi­ta­min B12, and an­i­mal prod­ucts are the only nat­u­ral source of this nu­tri­ent. How­ever, it’s pos­si­ble to reach the rec­om­mended lev­els by tak­ing sup­ple­ments or by eat­ing for­ti­fied foods such as soy milk and break­fast ce­real.

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