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15 Foods That Are High in Vitamin B12

Health.com Logo By Kathleen Mulpeter of Health.com | Slide 1 of 16: <p>For a healthy body, you've got to get your vitamin Bs. And although it's pretty easy to get most B vitamins by eating a balanced diet containing lots of produce and whole grains, vitamin B12 is another story. Vitamin B12—which helps your body produce DNA and red blood cells, supports your immune system, and encourages healthy nerve function—is found naturally only in animal sources. That means people who don't eat meat or dairy can have trouble reaching the daily recommended 2.4 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin B12 (2.6 mcg if you're pregnant and and 2.8 mcg if you're breastfeeding). People with digestive issues like celiac disease and adults older than 50 are also at risk for deficiency due to absorption problems, which can cause weakness, fatigue, and lightheadedness. (So if you eat these foods and still have symptoms of <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20924065,00.html">vitamin B12 deficiency</a>, see your doctor.) But most often you will be on your way to a B12-rich diet if you eat at least some of these 15 foods. </p>

The best foods for vitamin B12

For a healthy body, you've got to get your vitamin Bs. And although it's pretty easy to get most B vitamins by eating a balanced diet containing lots of produce and whole grains, vitamin B12 is another story. Vitamin B12—which helps your body produce DNA and red blood cells, supports your immune system, and encourages healthy nerve function—is found naturally only in animal sources. That means people who don't eat meat or dairy can have trouble reaching the daily recommended 2.4 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin B12 (2.6 mcg if you're pregnant and and 2.8 mcg if you're breastfeeding). People with digestive issues like celiac disease and adults older than 50 are also at risk for deficiency due to absorption problems, which can cause weakness, fatigue, and lightheadedness. (So if you eat these foods and still have symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, see your doctor.) But most often you will be on your way to a B12-rich diet if you eat at least some of these 15 foods.

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