Vitamins B12 and C

Vitamin B12

Chemical names: Cyanocobalamin, hydroxocobalamin, methylcobalamin

  • It is water soluble.
  • Deficiency may cause megaloblastic anemia, a condition where bone marrow produces unusually large, abnormal, immature red blood cells.
  • Good sources include: fish, shellfish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk and dairy products, some fortified cereals and soy products, as well as fortified nutritional yeast.

Vegans are advised to take B12 supplements.

Vitamin C

Chemical name: Ascorbic acid

  • It is water soluble.
  • Deficiency may cause megaloblastic anemia.
  • Good sources include: fruit and vegetables. The Kakadu plum and the camu camu fruit have the highest vitamin C contents of all foods. Liver also has high levels. Cooking destroys vitamin C.

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