Vitamin B12 (aka cobalamin) is an essential nutrient which is a water soluble and contains cobalt.
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Vitamin B12 can be stored in the liver for several years but is harder obtain in vegan diets so supplementation or fortified foods are usually necessary. It is required in smaller amounts than any other known vitamin but even small deficiencies can cause symptons. We need 10mcg (micrograms) of B12 spread over a day and deficiency symptoms usually take five years or more to develop in adults.
Vitamin B12 supports:
- Normal functioning of the nervous system
- Normal energy-yielding metabolism
- Normal homocysteine metabolism
- Normal psychological function
- Normal red blood cell formation
- Normal function of the immune system
- The reduction of Tiredness and fatigue
- The process of cell division
If you want to find foods that are a high source of B12 try our Engevita B12 Yeast Flakes
Want to know about more nutrients your body needs daily? Take a look at our focus pages on Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Magnesium, Folate, Iron, Copper, Selenium, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium.