Vitamin B12 and Homocysteine

Dietary intake of vitamin B12 can be low in both vegetarians and veg-ans.58-60,86 The sources of vitamin B12 in a vegetarian diet are dairy products, eggs, fortified foods (especially meat analogues, soya milks, yeast extracts, and breakfast cereals) and vitamin supplements. If none of these sources of vitamin B12 is regularly consumed, intake of this vitamin will be low and the risk of deficiency will increase. More data are needed on current intakes of vitamin B12 in vegetarians, and on whether this is a determinant of homocysteine and CHD risk in these populations.

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