Cyanocobalamin is the most commonly used form of vitamin B12. It does not occur naturally in living organisms. However, the synthetic form of the vitamin can be converted into an active form such as Methylcobalamin in animals. This results in the release of very little amounts of cyanide which is not harmful. It is more stable and can be easily crystallized. This makes it easy to purify after it has been produced through in vitro synthesis or bacterial fermentation. The cyanide ligand is replaced by other groups such as methyl which are more biologically active. It is useful in the prevention and treatment of low blood levels of the vitamin. The vitamin associates with Intrinsic Factor to help in maintaining good health of the body.
Cyanocobalamin may be prescribed for treatment of a number of vitamin B12 deficiencies resulting from a variety of causes.
Benefits of Cyanocobalamin include:
Maintaining the cell Cyanocobalamin helps in maintaining a variety of cells in the human body. This includes formation, maintenance, and repair of cells such as the red blood cells. It also helps in the repair and sustaining nerve cells and maintaining a stronger nervous system.
Formation of DNA The vitamin contributes significantly in the formation of DNA in the human body. This occurs during division of cells and Cyanocobalamin plays a central role.
Deficiency of vitamin B12 may result in abnormal cell formation such as megaloblasts. This makes it important to include the vitamin in the diet. Cyanocobalamin helps in improving stamina and thus helps in relieving the body from fatigue and weakness. This helps the body withstand heavy work/ exercises. It also helps to reduce cholesterol levels in the body by controlling triglycerides levels. This contributes positively to a normal healthy heart.
Moreover, the vitamin has been shown to contribute positively to individuals suffering from sickle cell anemia, Alzheimer’s disease, anemia, and breast cancer. A number of studies have also shown the vitamin to help through increased fat metabolism.
The supplements have been associated with several side effects such as chest pains, nausea, dizziness and fever among others following the injection. The medication comes as an injection, oral pills, and nasal drops and should be taken under directions and instructions by the physician.
Warning: Not Recommended for sulfa allergic individuals.