The new Sea Buckthorn berry is the only plant food in which the vitamin, usually only present in animal or dairy products, is naturally found in a form which humans can absorb.
With 424 per cent of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin B 12, which is essential for creating red blood cells in the body, in just one serving, it has been billed as one of the world’s healthiest fruits.
It is also one of the only naturally rich sources of Omega 7, which is a vital anti-inflammatory and can make the body more sensitive to insulin, helping people who are overweight.
Independent nutritionist Angela Dowden said: “Those most at risk of a shortage of vitamin B 12 are vegans and the older people, but it is a very important nutrient for everyone. B 12 helps maintain a healthy nervous system and in conjunction with other B vitamins, is important for protecting against the effects of a stressful lifestyle.
“It also helps, along with vitamin B6 and folic acid, to keep down levels of homocysteine, a substance in the blood that has been linked with dementia and cognitive decline in later life. Omega 7 is one of the lesser well known fatty acids, but it is thought to have excellent anti-inflammatory properties.”