The story of cobalt and foal

This story actually happened. On livestock experimental station under Ploskom came to visit Professor of moles. At some point came universal confusion: in the sight of all the foal took out his coat guest newspaper and ate it. Confused Director was apologizing and explained that the animal is intended for slaughter. The Professor examined the foal poor animal barely stood on their feet, his coat was Viminale, the skin was in the scab. What, however, could force the animal to eat a newspaper? Paper, i.e. pulp, "no, he definitely had enough and straw and hay. So, maybe, printing ink? And what is there? Aha! Cobalt. And the Professor asked that colt "pardoned", and in food he began to add the pills he would send. Took samples of hay, which fed "the dohodyagoy", and soil samples, which has grown food. And in the earth, and in the Seine lacked cobalt. Once the foal began to receive it (the animals are given 2 to 20 mg per day), he changed in his eyes and soon turned into a beautiful horse with smooth hair. By that time it was already known that cobalt and manganese prevent premature gray hair and generally improve their condition.
Today we already know that cobalt associated with vitamin B12 (contains a 4.5 % cobalt) and its derivatives. We know that cobalt with exceptional activity stimulates hematopoiesis, increases the synthesis of nucleic acids and helps with the overall regeneration of the organism after heavy diseases. It is necessary for the metabolism of amino acids. Doctors often treat cobalt anemia: infectious, toxic, malignant or accompanying diseases of the kidney. In this case, give 50-150 mg cobalt per day.
Monitoring of vet and the doctor Tadeusz Podbelskogo allowed him to conclude that both people and domestic animals often get sick of the above diseases in areas where there is a lack of cobalt.
Most of cobalt in the wheat and buckwheat (0.35 mg per 1 kg), in addition, beans cocoa (0.3 mg/kg). In tea and maize contains 0.15 mg/kg, in the rest products even less to a thousandth of a milligram.
And yet the content of cobalt in the human body is quite large: in the spleen - 35 mcg % of the dry weight, in the liver to 25, in the muscles - 2,5, in the blood of about 60 mcg % (Maksimov).

Maksimov A. Minerals and their importance in the life of organisms.