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8 Healthy Foods That Pack a Vitamin B12 Boost

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Vitamin B12 (also referred to as cobalamin) is sometimes overlooked in diets, but it plays a crucial role in everyday functioning – for one thing, it’s responsible for the production of red blood cells, which distribute oxygen to organs in your body.

If you’re deficient in this vitamin, you could develop anemia that carries symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite, and even mental illnesses. Vitamin B12 doesn’t occur naturally in your body, so you either have to get it through food or supplements. Barring popping pills, here are eight meals to get your fill…

1. Beef

Health.com lists good ol’ beef as one of the best sources of B12 out there. Not only is beef delicious, it offers about 1.3-micrograms of B12 in 3-ounces of broiled top loin sirloin, according to the source.

The site adds that beef is also a great source of zinc (7-miligrams per 3-ounces), which is also important for certain functions of the body. As an added bonus, you’ll get a healthy dose of protein and riboflavin. However, it’s high in cholesterol, so don’t overdo your portions, it adds.

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