November 11, 2022

Boost Heart Health with Vitamin B12

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A link was recently found between vitamin B12 levels and cholesterol levels that could impact your heart health.

The study, which was conducted in 341 healthy women between 19 and 30 years of age, looked at participants’ diets, physical activity, and vitamin levels. It found that low vitamin B12 levels were associated with higher total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol numbers along with high triglycerides.

Vitamin B12 isn’t one that people are commonly aware of, so CHC is looking at ways you can boost your levels.

Before we list some foods rich in vitamin B12, it’s important to note that if you have high cholesterol, you should have your vitamin and mineral levels checked to determine if there might be another issue before loading up on vitamin B12. Your doctor will help determine the best way for you to get your cholesterol levels in check.

Foods to Boost Vitamin B12 Levels

In addition to supplements, vitamin B12 can be found in several foods. Here are some of the best sources of it.

  • In addition to vitamin B12, salmon is also high in protein and omega 3 fatty acids, which promote heart health.
  • Only three ounces of beef will provide half of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B12.
  • Milk and yogurt are high in vitamin B12, and in addition, calcium helps the body absorb vitamin B12. Of course, dairy is high in calcium, so you get two benefits from dairy products.
  • Eggs
  • Fortified Cereals. Vitamin B12 is generally not found in fruit, vegetables, and grains, but there are several breakfast cereals on the market that are fortified with vitamin B12, so there is a non-meat or dairy alternative to add some vitamin B12 to your diet.

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