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Vitamin B12 helps to maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells, and is also needed to make DNA. Experts say that vegetarians who do not eat enough eggs, milk or milk products, or B12 fortified foods over a long period of time may be at risk of developing a vitamin B12 deficiency. If your diet is completely animal-product free, you may have difficulty meeting your needs for Vitamin B-12. However, if you include fortified non-dairy beverages, fortified breakfast cereals, nutritional yeast and some meat substitutes in your diet you should meet all requirements. Also, consider taking supplements that contain this important vitamin.