If you have heard Victoria talk recently she would have shared her theories on Vitamin B12 in much more detail. I wanted to post this response from Victoria because I think it’s interesting and we get asked about B12 regularly. Some people may find Victoria’s answer controversial, however please keep in mind that this is very brief, she has not drawn any official scientific conclusions and this response is an observation from her own experience.
(Photo taken at a recent ‘Conscious Events’ talk in the UK)
QUESTION: Where do vegans get their Vitamin B12?
VICTORIA: Vitamin B12 is the only nutrient that we cannot get from plants. There is a lot of research currently going on regarding B12. The USDA recommends getting this vitamin from animal products. Many vegans
and raw fooder’s take vitamin B12 supplements. Dr Vivian V. Vetrano and other doctors of Natural Hygiene state that vitamin B12 is made by bacteria in the intestinal tract. As you can see, there is a lot of confusion and conflicting information about this rather important issue. At the same time, vitamin B12 deficiency may be dangerous for human health. I have my own theory about vitamin B12, based on my experience
of eating raw food for over 15 years, and observing other people on vegan and vegetarian diets.
I believe that nature provided two main sources of vitamin B12. One source is a healthy digestive tract with normal flora. The second is from animal food, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to eat
meat, fish, or dairy. I am planning to conduct more research and possibly publish a book about this subject. I believe that the organic fruit when ripened on the vine or tree provides vitamin B12. I have no doubts that such fruit contains a significant amount of insect eggs which are known to be a rich source of B12. When you bring fruit from the farmer’s market home in the summer, maybe you have noticed fruit flies that quickly hatch and multiply, becoming a nuisance in your kitchen. Where do they come from? Not from your furniture! They come from the tree ripened fruit.
Unfortunately, most farmers pick their fruit several months before ripening. Other farmers apply huge quantities of pesticides which greatly reduces the chances of the insects laying eggs on the fruit. The insect eggs are so tiny that you need to have a very strong microscope to see them. So, I think you can still consider yourself vegan, or better use the term “conscious vegan” if you eat the fruit flies in organic fruit. Together with Dr. Miven Donato, we are planning to conduct a pilot study with a group of volunteers who have B12 deficiencies. By performing a MMA (Methylmalonic acid) test, which is considered to be the most accurate test for B12, we will determine if people could get B12 from tree ripened organic fruit. For now, you may take supplements if you need to, and I hope that you will especially enjoy the tree ripened fruit.
Victoria explains other sources of B12 in this article ‘Washing Fruits, Vegetables & Greens’.