Cobalt as Mineral – Rich Food Sources, Functions, Deficiency & Daily Requirements for Children, Men & Women

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Cobalt is a constituent of vitamin B12. The total body content of cobalt is 1.1 mg. It is readily absorbed from the small intestine.

Daily requirement:

  • Though the average intake of cobalt is 0.3 mg per day, the daily requirement has not yet been established.


  • Figs
  • cabbage
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • animal products such as liver and kidneys.


  • It is a component of vitamin B12 which contains 4% of the element. It is necessary for Hb formation. It plays an analogous role to copper in ferroxidase and iron in Hb.
  • Cobalt may substitute for manganese as an activator of enzymes. It is a specific activator of the enzyme, glycylglycine dipeptidase. It also activates enzymes such as phosphotransferases and lyases.
  • It causes an increase in the number of RBCs.
  • Cobalt induces polycythemia by increasing formation or inhibiting destruction of erythropoietin, the stimulating hormone secreted by kidney. This leads to the development of macrocytic anaemia.


  • 0.26 mg/day is excreted in urine.


  • Cobalt it added during processing of beer as a foam stabilizer. Congestive heart failure from cardiomyopathy has been reported in individuals who have consumed large quantities of beer.

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