By Dr. Mercola
Practically everybody knows getting the right amount of vitamins is important. Occasionally, new information arises that shows some vitamins to be of greater consequence than previously thought, often because they deal with crucial functions throughout your body.
That’s true with vitamin B12, not only because it directly influences metabolism in every one of your cells throughout your brain and nervous system, as it regulates and synthesizes DNA and how your blood is formed, but because of new findings that suggest vitamin B12 may be far more important to microbial life than previously thought.
The evidence, revealed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, shows that vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, may in fact play a “pivotal” role in cell growth and coordination of cells in complex multicellular systems.
The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), reported two “unexpected discoveries” as a result of their research.1 One publication noted that while B12 is produced by a mere few organisms, it’s required by nearly all of them and, as such, holds a lot of clout.
Chemist Aaron Wright and his team studied a microbial “mat” taken from Hot Lake in Washington state. EurekAlert described it as a “community” of microbe layers with lots of members “living together and trading nutrients like carbon and oxygen in hot, salty water, thick with growth of algae and other micro-organisms.”2
Probing Vitamin B12’s Influence on Crucial Functions
Wright noted the enormous amount of energy required for a microbe to synthesize the 30 biochemical steps in the process of making B12, “signifying that the…