The challenge of embracing a plant-based diet is finding a reliable source of vitamin B12. This nutrient is needed to help speed up reactions in your body, and deficiency can cause anemia and potential nervous system damage.
It has always been assumed that plants do not produce B12, so most people turn to synthetic forms of the vitamin to fulfill their needs. However, what we expect to be one of the most exciting headlines of 2020 for the exploding plant-based movement is scientists now say they have discovered a plant-based source of Vitamin B12 in water lentils (also known as duckweed).
Duckweed (Wolffia glabosa) was found to contain approximately 750% of the recommended daily value of B12 per 100 grams of the dry plant. This claim has been tested in an independent laboratory to verify the findings. This means plant-based eaters can now consume bioactive, natural, whole-food plant-sourced B12.
"I have reviewed the testing of Lentein, and I feel confident that the Vitamin B12 in Lentein is the 3 bioactive forms of B-12 used by the human body (Methylcobalamin, Adenosylcobalamin, and Hydroxycobalamin). This could be a game-changing event for the plant-based food community," plant-based bodybuilder and founder of Clean Machine Geoff Palmer explains.
So how does this affect your eating? Should you add water lentils to your daily diet? This sounds a bit challenging but fortunately, there is an easier way to get your daily B12 from this plant-based source.
The water lentil has been referred to as the world's most complete food source as a result of the high levels and quality of protein, vitamins, and minerals in the plant, and we’re very excited to be able to deliver this to our fan base.
To explain more about this exciting news of a plant source for Vitamin B12, our founder Geoff Palmer was featured on the Happy Healthy Vegan's YouTube Channel.
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Choosing the best plant-based protein means giving your body more of what it needs to build muscle, increase stamina and boost performance. While a plant-based protein is an excellent place to start, it should be exactly that: a starting point. In order to provide your body with the best fuel so you get the results you desire, look for the following telltale signs of a high-quality plant protein: