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Breath Test To Detect Vitamin B12 Deficiency!

A research team from the University of Florida, Gainesville and Metabolic Soluitons Inc., has come up with a new, cheaper, faster and a non-invasive technique to diagnose vitamin B12 deficiency using a person’s breath.

The team has identified that this vitamin has a key role in the breakdown of sodium propionate into carbon dioxide, one of the most common preservatives used in bakery products.

Taking this fact into consideration, the researchers put forth the idea of administering propionate to a set of individuals, which would be broken down with the help of vitamin B12 present in their bodies and the carbon dioxide breathed out can be measured to detect the levels of vitamin B12.

The more the carbon dioxide exhaled, the more are the levels of vitamin B12 and vice versa.

To differentiate normal carbon dioxide from the one released by the breakdown of propionate, the propionate will be labeled with a stable carbon isotope.

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