Cobalt

As essential trace mineral, which is an integral part of vitamin B12.

Functions

  • Being a constituent of B12, it is important for Red Blood Cell formation.
  • Prevents pernicious anemia.
  • Maintains healthy nervous system.
  • Aids in the synthesis of DNA and choline

Sources

  • Meat specially liver
  • Kidney
  • Clams
  • Oysters
  • Milk
  • Legumes
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Beet greens
  • Figs

Deficiency

  • No specific deficiency disease, if vitamin B12 is available.
  • Cobalt deficiency may lead to less availability of B12 and may result in anemia.

Toxicity

  • Toxicity can occur from excess inorganic cobalt. May cause goiter