VITAMIN B12 by Cobento

Current Status
Further Notes
The Cobento A/S company has developed a nutritional supplement that contains vitamin B12 and intrinsic factor. The intrinsic factor is a protein that is formed in the digestive tract and that binds B12, thereby protecting the vitamin from being broken down by digestive enzymes. Vitamin B12 is then absorbed by specific receptors in the small intestine. Due to reasons of genetic inheritance or age, it may occur that this protein is formed in insufficient quantities or not at all, which leads to a deficiency of vitamin B12. Thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) is used in the harvest of intrinsic factor. The plant was genetically modified to produce the protein in its leaves. The derived preparation is intended to prevent a deficiency of vitamin B12. An application for its approval has been submitted to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).