Micronutrient 101: Minerals - Cobalt

by Jowynna Yeo - 12th Oct 2019

Cobalt, what is it? 

Well, it is a trace element which exists in the body with vitamin B12 stores in the liver. It is well known as a component of vitamin B12, which is essential for the maturation of red blood cells and normal function of all cells. 

Where is cobalt found? 

Cobalt does exist in food, but only microorganisms are able to synthesize vitamin B12. Therefore, we obtain vitamin B12 and cobalt from organ and muscle meats. 

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Food sources of cobalt: 

  • liver 
  • kidney
  • oysters clams 
  • poultry 
  • milk 
Author Details

Founder of Vease, Jowynna loves tackling picky eaters and teaching children about food & nutrition. Jowynna is also a Consultant Dietitian at ABC Children Specialist Clinic.