What is Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12, also known as cyanocobalamin, comes from intestinal microorganisms, soil, and water. Since plants do not absorb the vitamin B12 present in water and soil, they do not count as a viable source. While many people consume enough vitamin B12, malabsorption can cause a deficiency

  • Synonyms: Cobalamin, Cyanocabalamin, Vitamin B12, CN-Cbl α-(5,6-Dimethylbenzimidazolyl)cyanocobamide, Cyanocobalamin, Cyanocob(III)alamin
  • INCI: Cyanocobalamin
  • Chemical formula: C63H88CoN14O14P
  • CAS #: 68-19-9
  • Hazard: Not a hazardous substance of mixture

Product Specifications

AppearanceDark red powder
OdorNo characteristic odor
SolubilitiesWater soluble
Molecular weight1355.37 g/mol
ClassOrganic compound
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uses and applications for vitamin B12

  • Food and Nutrition: Nutraceutical companies sell vitamin B12 as a supplement. One kind provides only vitamin B12, and another adds B-12 as part of a B-complex vitamin. Multivitamin formulas and specialized formulas also contain cyanocobalamin. Specialized supplements that contain vitamin B12 include formulas for vegetarian nutrition, focus enhancement, and energy.
  • Pharmaceutical Industry: Vitamin B12 is important for growth, cell reproduction, blood formation, and protein and tissue synthesis. Cyanocobalamin is used to treat vitamin B12 deficiency in people with pernicious anemia and other conditions. Cyanocobalamin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Quick Answers

Vitamin B12, also known as cyanocobalamin, comes from intestinal microorganisms, soil, and water. Vitamin B12 appears naturally in animal sources such as meat and dairy. However, synthetic versions are also available.

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