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The Unusual Plant Scientists Are Saying Is Rich In B12

by | January 2, 2020

A group of scientists recently announced that they have discovered water lentils to be a naturally good source of vitamin B12.

Researchers from Parabel — a US based plant protein producer — discovered that 100 grams of dried water lentils contains 750% of the recommended daily allowance of this vitamin.

“I have reviewed the testing and I feel confident that the Parabel team has identified bioactive Vitamin B12 in their products” said Geoff Palmer, CEO of vegan nutrition company Clean Machine.

“This could be a game changing event for the plant-based food community as it allows one to consume bioactive, natural, whole food plant-sourced B12.”

Water lentils — which are also known as duckweed — are the smallest known flowering plants in the world. 

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Non-dairy milks are often fortified with the vitamin (Photo: Alexander Prokopenko/Shutterstock.com)

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Since the vitamin can be difficult to get from natural sources, it is often added to certain food products, such as plant milks and nutritional yeast.

When it comes to plant-based sources, some consumers have expressed concern that “the most common supplemental form of Vitamin B12 is synthetic.”

Parabel’s Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Matthew Van Ert has said the company “will begin conducting bioavailability studies to determine the effectiveness of water lentils as a natural, plant-based solution.”

Do you think this discovery could enhance vegan nutrition? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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One Response to “The Unusual Plant Scientists Are Saying Is Rich In B12”

  1. Chloe
    January 11th, 2020 @ 4:53 am

    This I find absolutely fascinating! The humble duckweed is already know to many tortoise keepers as it has an unbridled potassium/calcium ratio and total content. Dandelion also exceeding high calcium levels. It’s very cool how science can help us tweak diet and give us such insight into nutritional profiles.

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