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Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)

Why do you need cyanocobalamin?
Cyancobalamin is necessary for the proper formation of blood cells and nerve fibres for functioning of central nervous system.

What are the sources of cyanocobalamin?
It is found only in animal products such as liver, meat, most fish, yogurt, cheese.

How much cyanocobalamin do you need?

Age/Life Stage

Males(mcg/d)

Females(mcg/d)

Children

1-3 years

                    0.2-1.0

4-6 years

7-9 years

Adoloscents

10-12 years

                      0.2-1.0

13-15 years

16-17 years

Adult sedentary

1.0

1.0

Pregnancy

NA

1.2

Lactation

NA

1.5

(ICMR,2010)

Cyanocobalamin is a water soluble vitamin thus it dissolves in water and is not stored,which means we need a continuous supply of Cyanocobalamin in our diets.