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December 4, 2012

Vitamin B12 helps maintain good health

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NORMAN —

To ensure older adults are getting enough B12, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage those aged 50 and older to include foods such as cereals fortified with vitamin B12, or take a dietary supplement containing the nutrient.

In addition to age, another factor of an individual’s vitamin B12 level might be the way meals are prepared. Microwave cooking actually inactivates vitamin B12. While “nuking” dinner is often a quicker alternative, traditional cooking methods such as in the oven or on the stovetop are recommended to preserve the nutrient.

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