Important for New Vegans/Vegetarians
I wanted to do a post on this because some people do not start out the right way. It’s important to note this before you try going vegan or vegetarian for the first time.
IMPORTANT: when cutting meat out of your diet, you must supplement with B12 (use nutritional yeast*, or a sublingual–under the tongue–tablet is best) and be sure you are getting enough iron rich foods like beans, spinach, etc. (iron is better absorbed with Vitamin C, so take with some orange juice). Otherwise, you may be prone to get anemia. B12 deficiency can be recognized by itchy/tingly skin, and low iron can make you lightheaded and your legs heavy.
*When going vegan, nutritional yeast alone is usually not sufficient. Use a methlylcobalamin supplement every day.
Anemia Caused by Vitamin B12 Deficiency
People whose anemia is caused by a deficiency of Vitamin B12 may have these symptoms:
A tingling, “pins and needles” sensation in the hands or feet
Lost sense of touch
A wobbly gait and difficulty walking
Clumsiness and stiffness of the arms and legs
Hallucinations, paranoia, and schizophrenia
Pay attention to Iron and B12 and you should not have to worry about these issues. The health benefits of going vegan are worth it! Here are some iron-rich, vegan foods!