Vitamin B12 and folate levels in long-term vegans

Isr J Med Sci. 1990 Jun;26(6):309-12.


Serum vitamin B12, serum folate and red blood cell (RBC) folate levels were examined among 36 strict vegans of 5-35 years' duration. Vitamin B12 levels among the vegans were generally lower than in a control population. Most of the vegans had vitamin B12 values less than 200 pg/ml. RBC folate levels were normal but serum folate levels among the vegans were higher than among the controls. None of the vegans had any hematologic evidence of vitamin B12 deficiency, however four of them had neurologic complaints. Long-standing vegans should be monitored for vitamin B12 levels.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Diet, Vegetarian*
  • Erythrocytes / analysis
  • Female
  • Folic Acid / analysis
  • Folic Acid / blood*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Vitamin B 12 / blood*


  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin B 12