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What is Cyanocobalamin?

Cyanocobalamin is a manufactured form of vitamin B-12, which is important for blood formation, growth and more. It was first made in the 1940s and is used via muscle injection, nasal spray, and oral supplementation.

Vitamin B-12 is considered an essential nutrient because it cannot be made by your body, yet it is required for life. A deficiency of B-12 can cause fatigue, along with digestive and mood issues.

Cyanocobalamin is the form most often used in vitamin B-12 supplements because it is more stable and cost-effective.

Benefits of Vitamin B-12/Cyanocobalamin

  • Helps your body produce healthy red blood cells
  • Plays a role in the nervous system
  • Helps to create and regulate DNA
  • Fosters positive mood
  • May support bone health
  • Promotes brain health
  • May contribute to the health of aging eyes
  • Offers an energy boost
  • Supplies nutrients for heart health
  • Supports healthy hair, skin and nails
  • Plays a role in the synthesis of fatty acids and energy production

Foods with Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 can be found naturally in:

  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products

It is not typically found in plant-based foods, which can become a problem for vegans and vegetarians.  

Although it’s best to get sufficient amounts of vitamin B-12 through your diet, supplementation can be a simple, effective way to increase your intake. If you think this may be an option for you, talk to your healthcare provider about what’s best in your situation.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary.