Vitamin B12 is well known for its many health benefits but scientists at the University of Manchester have found this nutrient is additionally of great value lowering the toxicity of many noxious pollutants that humans are regularly exposed to. After many years a research team at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology have pinpointed how Vitamin B12 is valuable in neutralizing some of the worst toxins.

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Led by Professor David Leys, researchers realized that certain organisms manage to lower the toxicity of pollutants. The secret lies in their ability to use vitamin B12 to deal with the tricky halogen atoms found in common pollutants.

“We already know that some of the most toxic pollutants contain halogen atoms and that most biological systems simply don’t know how to deal with these molecules. However, there are some organisms that can remove these halogen atoms using vitamin B12,” Leys explained. “Our research has identified that they use vitamin B12 in a very different way to how we currently understand it.” The MIB team has had difficulty in the past growing enough of the natural organisms to be able to study how they detoxify the pollutants, but using X-ray crystallography they were able to finally see in 3D how halogen removal is achieved.

So, now you have another reason to ensure that your levels of Vitamin B12 are topped up! Prefer sublingual methylcobalamin from any of the major natural health product manufacturers as found in Nature’s Source.

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Author: Robert McMaster