Vitamin B12

mussels vitamin b12

Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells, and is also needed to make DNA. Vitamin B12 is bound to the protein in food and is released by hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach during digestion.

Once released, B12 combines with a substance called intrinsic factor (IF) before it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Vitamin B12 is needed for normal nerve activity, is necessary for DNA replication, and important for the formation of red blood cells.

How to Get More Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is found primarily in red meat (grass fed beef, lamb, buffalo). It is also found in seafood including mussels, salmon, clams, crab, and shrimp, lobster, halibut and scallops as well as ostrich and yogurt.

Vitamin B12 - Found in:

Snapper, Wild Salmon, Grass-Fed Beef, Lamb, Clams, Mussels, Lobster, Ostrich, Scallops, Shrimp, Halibut (Pacific), Yogurt,
National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements

About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

Kelley Herring – who has written posts on Healing Gourmet.


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