7 Nutrients you cannot get from plants

I’m not sure when it started but I eat a lot less animal protein than I used to.  I have never eaten red meat, but I used to be a huge fan of poultry, fish, and eggs.  In my late 40’s my taste buds changed and I just cannot stomach the chicken and turkey that used to make up most of my meals.  I rely a lot more on plant-based protein,  which I know is not the quality of animal protein (video to follow) but then again my physical goals have also changed.

The plant-based. bias is upon us, which movies out there to scare you to death about protein, but here is what plants cannot do for you.

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sed diets are becoming all the rage and it proving to be the right choice for many.  There are however a number of nutrients you will be missing out on if you only eat plants.  In most cases its an easy fix.  Nutrition should always fit into your life and into your belief system.


  1. VITAMIN B12

Involved in the development of red blood cells, maintenance of nerves and normal brain function

Found in meat, eggs, fish, dairy and also some seaweed (Nori)



Found in animal foods.  Stored in muscle and small amounts in the brain

It is our energy reserve for muscle cells, giving them strength and endurance.

Supplemental form increases strength in 80 percent of people who use it

Supplementation 8 weeks on with 5 weeks off



Antioxidant found in the muscles and in the brain

Aids with muscle fatigue and improved performance

It is not found in plants but the body does produce it via histidine and beta alanine

Beta-alanine is found in meat and fish and but non-meat eaters can take beta alanine in supplement form, will improve endurance.



Benefits of Vitamin D are extensive, protects against many cancers, brain conditions, heart disease, Osteoporosis and MS.

UVB rays in Sunlight (not through glass).

Vitamin D2 is found in plants, Vitamin D3 is not.  D3 is much more potent.

Found in fatty fish, egg yolks, cod liver oil and enriched foods

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Essential omega 3 fatty acid, most abundant fat in brain cell membranes.

Deficiency can be problematic for brain health, especially in children and unborn babies

Found in fatty fish and fish oil.

Vegetarians can get DHA from microalgae

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Only found in meat, especially red meat.  It is must better be absorbed that non-heme iron found in plant foods.

Vegetarians much more prone to anemia than meat eaters.




A sulfur compound found in brain, heart, and kidneys.

May play a role in muscle function and antioxidant defensiveness.

Supplements can aid heart health by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

Found in seafood, meat, poultry, and dairy.

A body does make taurine so it is a not essential in the diet.