Vitamin B12

Function

Works together with Folate

Coenzyme involved in folate metabolism.

Nerve function

Food Sources

Animal products only

steak

cheese

beef

cheese

 

Vegans have to supplement their diets with Vitamin B12

Deficiencies

Pernicious Anemia- enlargement of red blood cells.

Irreversible neurological diseases such as senile dementia.

Vitamin B12 requires intrinsic factor for absorption.  Intrinsic factor is produced by the stomach. People at risk are elderly and alcoholics.


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