Daily Dish: B12 rich foods

A few days ago, we talked about folate and B12 working in concert to create serotonin in our bodies naturally. We looked at food sources of folate, but I forgot to post about B12 sources.

Vitamin B-12, or Cobalamin, is the largest and most complex vitamin currently known to man. A slight deficiency of vitamin B-12 can lead to anemia, fatigue, mania, and depression, while a long term deficiency can cause permanent damage to the brain and central nervous system. Vitamin B12 can only be manufactured by bacteria and can only be found naturally in animal products, however, synthetic forms are widely available and added to many foods like cereals. Vitamin B12 can be consumed in large doses because excess is excreted by the body or stored in the liver for use when supplies are scarce. Stores of B12 can last for up to a year.
 
Foods high in B12 include
Shellfish
Liver
Fish (Mackeral is high in B12)
Crustateans like crab
Fortified soy products
Fortified cereals
Red Meat
Dairy
Cheese
Eggs
 
So, unless you are a vegetarian, it is super easy to get that B12 in your diet. If you don’t eat red meat, you still have fish options. If those are out of your diet as well, there are plenty of fortified grains and cereals to get your B12 intake up to par.
 
 
 
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