B12, the “Animal” Vitamin 2018-08-16T15:08:13+00:00
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B12, the “Animal” Vitamin

It is essential that we obtain Vitamin B12 through our diet. And not from any old diet, but from animal derived foods, such as acorn-fed Ibérico ham, which has a significant amount.


Vitamin B12 or Cyanocobalamin is a vitamin that belongs to the Vitamin B compound (with the most common being B1-Thiamin, B2-Riboflavin, B3-Niacin, B5-Pantothenic Acid, B6-Pyridoxine, B9-Folic Acid, which we will also cover in this blog) and which has a unique characteristic: humans do not have the capacity to produce it in their body in significant amounts and it can not be obtained from natural vegetable derived foods. The only natural sources of B12 for the organism are eggs, meat, shellfish, fish, milk and dairy products. In fact, those who follow Vegan diets require supplementary sources that include B12 or vegetable derived foods (such as fortified cereals) that are artificially enriched.


Vitamin B12 is of great importance to the human metabolism, although its most relevant effects refer to the production of red blood cells and maintenance of the central nervous system, in particular the spinal cord. Hence, when there is a deficiency in B12 the result may be anaemia and neurological disorders. At any rate, once a deficiency in B12 is detected, it can be quickly resolved with a diet that is rich in this vitamin.


The most natural amount of this vitamin can be obtained by consuming liver, heart or kidneys. However, there is a much tastier way of obtaining vitamin B12: acorn-fed Ibérico ham. Its content in this vitamin is 15.68 micrograms per 100 grams consumed. The truth of the matter is that the pig’s heart has a concentration of vitamin B12 that practically doubles this figure. Then again, to be quite honest, acorn-fed Ibérico ham is at least ten times tastier. Therefore, a little bit of acorn-fed Ibérico ham enjoyed on a daily basis can help us to avoid any deficiency in this essential vitamin. And what is truly essential is to follow a healthy, balanced and varied diet so that we will not have deficiencies in any type of mineral, vitamin or essential nutrient. But of course, if the varied diet is also the “tastiest” possible diet, well then it is far more thoroughly enjoyed.


The content of this article is merely for information purposes and it cannot replace the advice of your doctor or nutritionist. If you were to need professional advice, if you want to follow a particular diet or if you have nutritional problems, you should see your doctor who will recommend the best professional for each case.


Vitamin B12 or Cyanocobalamin is a vitamin that belongs to the Vitamin B compound (with the most common being B1-Thiamin, B2-Riboflavin, B3-Niacin, B5-Pantothenic Acid, B6-Pyridoxine, B9-Folic Acid, which we will also cover in this blog) and which has a unique characteristic: humans do not have the capacity to produce it in their body in significant amounts and it can not be obtained from natural vegetable derived foods. The only natural sources of B12 for the organism are eggs, meat, shellfish, fish, milk and dairy products. In fact, those who follow Vegan diets require supplementary sources that include B12 or vegetable derived foods (such as fortified cereals) that are artificially enriched.


Vitamin B12 is of great importance to the human metabolism, although its most relevant effects refer to the production of red blood cells and maintenance of the central nervous system, in particular the spinal cord. Hence, when there is a deficiency in B12 the result may be anaemia and neurological disorders. At any rate, once a deficiency in B12 is detected, it can be quickly resolved with a diet that is rich in this vitamin.


The most natural amount of this vitamin can be obtained by consuming liver, heart or kidneys. However, there is a much tastier way of obtaining vitamin B12: acorn-fed Ibérico ham. Its content in this vitamin is 15.68 micrograms per 100 grams consumed. The truth of the matter is that the pig’s heart has a concentration of vitamin B12 that practically doubles this figure. Then again, to be quite honest, acorn-fed Ibérico ham is at least ten times tastier. Therefore, a little bit of acorn-fed Ibérico ham enjoyed on a daily basis can help us to avoid any deficiency in this essential vitamin. And what is truly essential is to follow a healthy, balanced and varied diet so that we will not have deficiencies in any type of mineral, vitamin or essential nutrient. But of course, if the varied diet is also the “tastiest” possible diet, well then it is far more thoroughly enjoyed.


The content of this article is merely for information purposes and it cannot replace the advice of your doctor or nutritionist. If you were to need professional advice, if you want to follow a particular diet or if you have nutritional problems, you should see your doctor who will recommend the best professional for each case.

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