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.