Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
Vitamin B12 affects every cell in the body. It is essential for the normal metabolic function of each cell in the body and most notably effects the following areas:
• Vitamin B12 is necessary for the growth and replication of cells.
• Bone marrow needs adequate Vitamin B12 to keep up with the rapid growth and reproduction of its cells.
• Cells lining the gastrointestinal tract (the larynx, intestines, and bowel) need a lot of Vitamin B12 for their growth and rapid replication.
• Vitamin B12 plays an important role in nervous system function as well.
• It “helps” enzymes convert substances in the body to a more desirable form for either disposal or for use.
Vitamin B12 dissolves in water so large doses are not harmful. This allows any extra vitamin to be disposed of through the kidneys in the urine.
Foods That Contain Vitamin B12:
Animal products are a rich source of Vitamin B12.
• In the typical human diet, Vitamin B12 is found primarily in animal products including red meat, shellfish, fish, poultry, egg yolks, milk, and milk products.
• It is particularly high in organ meats such as liver and is relatively high in clams and oysters.
Plant sources of Vitamin B12 are less plentiful.
• They include red star T-6635 nutritional yeast, B12-fortified cereals, soymilk enriched with B12, and B12 supplements.
• Spirulina, sea vegetables, tempeh, and beans and legumes do not provide adequate amounts of B12.
• Diets containing no meat, dairy, or eggs provide little or no Vitamin B12 and potentially less iron, calcium, and essential fatty acids than a diet containing animal products.
• Individuals practicing a vegan diet generally require a Vitamin B12 supplement.