Getting the right amount of Vitamin B12 into our daily diet is essential to overall good health. Vitamin B12 is commonly found in animal products such as meat, fish, and dairy products. However, vegetarians or vegans who only eat plant-based foods miss out on getting the recommended amount of Vitamin B12 and can suffer from Vitamin B12 deficiency. This can lead to serious health conditions in the future.

The good news is that Vitamin B12 deficiency can easily be treated by adding foods rich in B12 to your daily diet, taking Vitamin B health supplements, or getting a Vitamin B12 injection at Hodgson Pharmacy.

You can boost your B12 levels by incorporating foods rich in Vitamin B12 into your daily diet.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms

If you have low levels of Vitamin B12, you may experience:

·         Fatigue

·         Depression

·         Memory loss

·         Nerve damage


 Fish and Shellfish

  • Clams
  • Mussels
  • Mackerel
  • Crab
  • Trout
  • Salmon

Red Meat

·         Beef

·         Lamb


  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese


  • Turkey
  • Chicken liver


Vegan and Vegetarian Sources of Vitamin B12

Fortified foods with added nutrients

  • Fortified non-dairy milk such as soy, almond, rice, or oat
  • Fortified cereal
  • Nutritional yeast

Fermented foods and seaweed

·         Tempeh – fermented soybean cake.

·         Nori seaweed sheets

It’s much more difficult to get the recommended amounts of Vitamin B12 from plant-based foods. So, if you’ve been a strict vegetarian or vegan for many years, your GP may recommend that you take a blood test to check if you have Vitamin B12 deficiency.  If so, your healthcare provider may prescribe a daily or weekly dietary supplement to keep your levels up or a Vitamin B12 injection to boost levels quickly.

Visit us to check your Vitamin B12 levels with a simple and quick blood test. We provide a wide range of healthcare services and products both online and in-store.