Increases in plasma holotranscobalamin can be used to assess vitamin B-12 absorption in individuals with low plasma vitamin B-12.

@article{Bhat2009IncreasesIP,
  title={Increases in plasma holotranscobalamin can be used to assess vitamin B-12 absorption in individuals with low plasma vitamin B-12.},
  author={Dattatray S Bhat and Nileema V Thuse and Himangi Govind Lubree and Charudatta Vaman Joglekar and Sadanand S. Naik and Lalita V Ramdas and Carole Johnston and Helga Refsum and Caroline H. D. Fall and Chittaranjan Yajnik},
  journal={The Journal of nutrition},
  year={2009},
  volume={139 11},
  pages={2119-23}
}
Low plasma concentrations of vitamin B-12 are common in Indians, possibly due to low dietary intakes of animal-source foods. Whether malabsorption of the vitamin contributes to this has not been investigated. A rise in the plasma holotranscobalamin (holo-TC) concentration after a standard dose of oral vitamin B-12 has been proposed as a measure of gastrointestinal absorption in people with normal plasma vitamin B-12 concentrations. We studied 313 individuals (children and parents, 109 families… CONTINUE READING

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