As our knowledge of nutrition continues to advance, the challenges of pursuing a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle have become more manageable with every passing day. There is now a plethora of options on the market for people seeking a healthy and compassionate diet: Beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, fruits and berries, and dark leafy greens can provide all of the protein, iron, and antioxidants the body needs, especially when taken regularly.

But if there’s ever been a point of frustration, it’s B12: A vitamin so elusive that people once considered its existence a hoax. Since then, the long-term hazards of B12 deficiency have proven very real, and claims of B12 rich foods have repeatedly proven unfounded, especially since testing for its presence can be extremely difficult and unreliable. B12 analogs, or false B12, can throw scientific studies off the scent and give unreliable results, and their consumption will only interfere with a person’s metabolism. Herbivores in the wild get their daily dose from special gut bacteria in their digestive systems… bacteria that humans lack entirely. Otherwise, viable sources of B12 are found exclusively in animal tissues or artificially fortified foods and supplements.

The only known source of B12 viable for vegans is algae: the marine phytoplankton that forms the foundation of earth’s seas and oceans and the basis of Karen Phytoplankton’s newest line of clinically tested whole foods. Karen Phytoplankton is not just an excellent source of vitamins and antioxidants but has a high rate of absorption and bioavailability when compared to other ocean-based foods. Our latest clinically tested product, TetraSOD, contains B12. It’s as simple as that. Certain fermented soy products such as tempeh contain the bacteria responsible for producing B12, but the presence of B12 itself is uncertain and unreliable. Even seaweeds such as laver have tested positive for B12, but been proven inadequate through trial and error.

Like all our products, TetraSOD is not merely a supplement or a fortified food, but a whole food in its own right that provides numerous nutrients essential for human health. Including B12. In addition, all our products are known for their high level of bioavailability: the nutrients they contain are more readily absorbed and retained by the human metabolism, making their nutritional value all the more useful. Most supplements on the market use an artificial coating or microencapsulation to ensure that nutrients are steadily broken down over a period of time, giving the metabolic system time to absorb them. Our product requires no such treatments, as microalgae organisms already contain natural protections in their cellular structure: 75% of their content is absorbed over a two hour period, and the remaining amount is absorbed over a four hour period, without any artificial treatments. This is uniquely suitable for B12 in particular since small but frequent doses are the most efficient:

Taking only 1 microgram of B12 three times a day is just as effective as 10 micrograms daily, or 2000 micrograms weekly.

Note that although there are no known hazards of B12 overdose, individuals should avoid taking more than 5000 micrograms weekly on general principle, and people with specific B12 impairments may be better served by larger weekly doses. Anyone with a metabolic defect related to B12 should seek medical advice immediately. Remember that Karen Phytoplankton products are not medicine, and are not artificial supplements. They are a natural whole food and their health benefits should be taken in conjunction with any medical prescription, like any other healthy dietary option, to fortify your metabolism and reinforce your body’s ability to resist disease and stress.

We’re happy to finally provide the world with a natural, organic solution for all your B12 requirements, not just for vegans and vegetarians, but for anyone interested in their overall health. Note that even though B12 is most abundant in animal products, people who keep a conscientious and carefully managed diets are often less likely to experience symptoms of

B12 deficiency than meat eaters! Whatever lifestyle you choose, knowing what’s in your food is always the first step in managing your health.

When you eat well, you live well!

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