1. Vitamin B12 is vital for supporting normal carbohydrate metabolism and energy production, as well as hemoglobin production within red blood cells.
2. Vitamin B12 is water-soluble, meaning it is not stored in the body and must constantly be replenished.
3. The B-vitamin complex was originally thought to be a single compound (vitamin B), but was later discovered to be made up of many different substances, each named with a number. Eventually, scientists narrowed down the list to include only certain substances – which is why the nutrient is named B12, even though there are only 8 B-vitamins!
4. Food sources of vitamin b12 include beef liver, clams, fish, pork, red meat, poultry, eggs, milk and fortified foods – yum!
5. Adults and children over the age of 14 should consume 2.4 mcg of vitamin B12 per day – pregnant and lactating women require 2.6 mcg and 2.8 mcg, respectively.