Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

Interesting facts about vitamin B12 (cobalamin):

  • Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin
    Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that it is easily absorbed in the body (as most of the body is made of water and so are most of the foods eaten), but some of it may be lost in cooking.
  • Vitamin B12 assists in making healthy red blood cells
    One of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) most important roles is to make healthy red blood cells, that function properly and are of correct and healthy structure and form. Without enough vitamin B12 (cobalamin), either in the diet or through that which is made in the small intestine by intrinsic factor, you would get vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia.
  • Vitamin B12 is absorbed in the small intestines by intrinsic factor
    Intrinsic factor (IF) is a protein made in the stomach to help absorb vitamin B12 (cobalamin) in the small intestines.
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) requires folic acid (folate) to work effectively
  • Vitamin B12 is stored in the liver
    Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) is the only B vitamin the body actually stores, mostly in the liver
  • Vitamin B12 requires folic acid (folate) to work effectively
    Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) requires folic acid (folate) to work effectively and if folic acid (folate) is in short supply this impacts the ability of Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) to function effectively. The two vitamins work in conjunction with one another, they assist each other's actions and effectiveness.
  • Vitamin B12 works with the other B vitamins and calcium
    Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) works very well when calcium as well as the other B vitamins (vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)) are in adequate supply.


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