Saturday, January 11, 2014

Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin ...

Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin which plays an important role in the functioning of the brain and nervous system, and in the formation of the red blood cells. It is naturally present in some of the foods. Like most vitamins, B12 can occur in a variety of forms and can take on a variety of names. Names for B12 are cobrynamide, cobinamide, cobamide, cobalamin, hydroxcobalamin, aquocobalamin, nitrotocobalamin, and cyanocobalamin.
It is one of the eight B vitamins. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the human body.
Neither plants nor animals are independently capable of constructing vitamin B12.
What foods provide vitamin B12?
Since vitamin B12 cannot be made by any animals or plants, the B12 content of animals and plants depends on their ability to store the vitamin and their relationship to microorganisms (like bacteria in the soil).
The body can store vitamin B12 for years in the liver.
Food Sources
Vitamin B12 is found in Eggs, Fortified foods such as soymilk, Meat,
Milk and milk products, Organ meats (liver and kidney), Poultry,
The body absorbs animal sources of vitamin B12 much better than plant sources. Non-animal sources of vitamin B12 vary in their amount of B12. They are not thought to be reliable sources of the vitamin.

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