eCureMe’s Healthy Living
Alone, Cobalt really doesn’t do much. It is a part
of the B12 molecule that helps with the growth and
stimulation of DNA, regulation of blood and nervous
systems and aids in the production of red blood cells.
IN THE BODY
Cobalt enters the body through the B12 molecule.
A lack of Cobalt can result in sever nerve malfunctions,
anemia and strange developments in
cell growth. In order to treat these symptoms, you would
need the entire B12 molecule and
not just Cobalt.
Natural forms of Cobalt can be found in dairy products,
fish, vegetables (mostly leafy) and even
kidney beans. Although sometimes listed as an ingredient
in cereals, it is useless to human when
not part of the B12 molecule.
At this time, there is no real daily dosage requirement
for Cobalt. The level of Cobalt in food
depends on the soil in which the product was grown, so
it varies from country to country.
As stated above, there is no danger in humans. However,
excess intake of Cobalt in animals can
cause overproduction of red blood cells, heart failure
Only a radioactive form of Cobalt (Cobalt - 60) is ever used,
and that is only to treat some cancers.
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