Why food fortification with vitamin B12 is needed?

Ilia Volkov, Victor R. Preedy

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Vitamin B12 plays a functional role in a variety of organs and body systems. The list of conditions that are affected by vitamin B12 deficiency either directly or indirectly is growing. • In some countries two factors can contribute to vitamin B12 deficiency, namely, changes in dietary pattern among segments of the population within the higher socioeconomic strata and the existence of poverty which leads to a low consumption of animal products (particularly red meat). • There is an increasing prevalence of low vitamin B12 level in different segments of the general population. • Vitamin B12 deficiency has various and serious health effects. • The early detection of vitamin B12 deficiency is essential in order to prescribe opportune treatments. • In order to prevent serious health problems, routine fortification with vitamin B12 should be seriously considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Concepts to Public Health Applications
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781461471103
ISBN (Print)9781461471097
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Cobalamin
  • Malignancy and vitamin b12
  • Quality of life
  • Vitamin b12
  • Vitamin b12 deficiency
  • Vitamin b12 routine fortification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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