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Vitamin B12: Fun Facts About Cyanocobalamin


What is the recommended dosage of Vitamin B12 for an adult:
25 – 500 mg

What is the molecular formula:
C63H88CoN14O14P

What does Vitamin B12 do in the body:
Helps maintain healthy nervous system, required for normal growth and for production of red blood cells. Helps breakdown fatty acids.

What foods contain and are a good source of Vitamin B12:
Ham
clams
cooked oysters
king crab
herring
salmon
tuna
lean beef
liver
low fat diary products

What does a deficiency in Vitamin B12 cause: Megaloblastic anemia

What are the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency:
macrocytic anemia
elevated homocysteine
peripheral neuropathy
memory loss and other cognitive deficits.
It can also cause symptoms of mania and psychosis
In rare extreme cases, paralysis can result.

What happens if you overdose on the vitamin: No known toxicity

Solubility: Water

What is the scientific name: Cyanocobalamin

When was the vitamin discovered: 1926