This Mineral Is Essential For…

The mineral cobalt is part of vitamin B12. Cobalt helps form red blood cells and maintain nerve tissue.

Consuming large amounts of inorganic cobalt stimulates growth of the thyroid gland and may lead to the overproduction of red blood cells.


Cobalt must be obtained from foods such as liver, kidneys, milk, oysters, clams, or sea vegetables, or from vitamin B12 supplements. Inorganic cobalt has no nutritional value but is sometimes added to beer as an anti-foaming agent.

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