[NH] Who is at Risk of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Vitamin B12 is essential to healthy nerve and red blood cells. It is
also used in the production of DNA which is the genetic material found
in all of our cells. It is also goes by the name of cobalamin because
it contains the metal cobalt.

Vitamin B12 is bound to the proteins in the foods that we eat. It is
found in foods that come from animals. Some common sources are meat,
fish, poultry, eggs, milk and milk products. If you are a vegetarian
fortified breakfast cereals can be an excellent source of B12.
Hydrochloric acid releases vitamin B12 from proteins during the
digestive process. It then combines with a substance called intrinsic
factor (IF), it is this complex that is able to be absorbed by the
intestinal tract.


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