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Plant-based B12 discovered in nature

Words by Abi Scaife

Scientists have found the secret to a sustainable vegan diet - plant-based B12.

Woah! But what’s B12?

B12 is an essential vitamin that is often found in animal products and is key for healthy blood and nerve cells.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist within plants to the degree that humans need - often leading to vitamin deficiencies in those with vegan and vegetarian diets.

Luckily, scientists seem to have found an animal-friendly solution - algae.


That’s right - researchers from Cambridge University have found that many types of algae seem to have an incredible capacity for B12. This could be a great source of B12 for people who want - or need - to stick with a plant-based diet.

It seems like algae and seaweed could be crucial to us going forward - as scientists also believe it could be a great help in combating food shortages.

Charity check-in 

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The Climate Coalition. This is the UK's largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change. Find out more and support them here.

Climate Reframe.  Climate Reframe is committed to supporting the climate and environment movement in its transformation towards greater justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). Find out more.

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This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

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