Scientists have made a groundbreaking discovery that will allow vegans to consume a natural plant source of vitamin B12 which was previously believed to have only existed in animal products.
Water Lentils, also known as duckweed has been found to contain Vitamin B12 by researchers at Parabel, a US producer of plant-based protein alternatives. They say that their duckweed crop contains more than 7 times the daily US recommended value of Vitamin B12.
The water lentil is also referred to as the world’s most complete food source because of the high levels and quality of protein, vitamins and minerals in the plant.
Dr. Matthew Van Ert, Parabel’s Chief Scientific Officer, said: “Parabel’s hydroponic systems represent a scalable and potentially revolutionary platform to produce highly nutritious plant foods that contain bioactive vitamin B12 forms.”
“Along with partners, we will begin conducting bioavailability studies to determine the effectiveness of water lentils as a natural, plant-based solution to address vitamin B12 deficiencies.”
‘Exploding plant-based movement’
“I have reviewed the testing, and I feel confident that the Parabel team has identified bioactive Vitamin B12 in their products. 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,” plant-based bodybuilder Geoff Palmer added.
“In addition to Vitamin B12, the water lentil has been referred to as the world’s most complete food source as a result of the high levels and quality of protein, vitamins, and minerals in the plant.”
“The rapidly growing water lentil crop can double its biomass in a matter of days, which leads to high yields and a scalable option for the exploding plant-based movement.”
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