Boost your B12
Speak to your healthcare professional about supplementation. Vitamin B12 is difficult to obtain from food in a vegan diet. It is a critical factor in fertility, digestion, and the normal growth and development of all cells. It also enhances learning and memory, and normalizes sleep patterns. Deficiencies of this vitamin do not usually show up right away because B12 is stored in the body for up to five years; when a blood test finally shows you are deficient, you are bankrupt of this vitamin.
Some vegan foods such as nutritional yeast and cereals may be fortified with B12, but the safest solution to ensure you get enough is to talk to your healthcare professional and find out the amount you should supplement. (It may also be a good idea to consider taking a B-complex vitamin, as the Bs work together synergistically.) It’s also worth knowing that oral contraceptives may lower B12 and cause deficiency, as can alcohol.