Nature Made Vitamin B12 1000 mcg., 400 SoftgelsCategory: 800 Mcg Natures WayVitamin B12 is vital for cellular energy production and is also important for proper red blood cell formation and helps support normal nervous system function and a healthy homocysteine level. Certain individuals, including vegetarians, vegans and older adults may benefit from supplemental vitamin B12.†• Helps support cellular energy production in the body.†Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement and a prescription medication. Vitamin B12 has an established role in cellular energy production, a complex cellular process.Vitamin B12 functions as a required coenzyme in the metabolism of protein and fat, ultimately leading to cellular energy release in the form of ATP.1 Vitamin B12 is also required for proper DNA synthesis and red blood cell formation and nervous system function.Vegetarians and vegans are especially at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency due to the lack of animal-derived foods in their diet, therefore a vitamin B12 supplement is a prudent measure to help address this nutrient gap, if it exists.2Others at risk for deficiency include adults over the age of 50, individuals with reduced stomach acid, regular antacid users, and individuals who have undergone weight loss surgery or with intestinal malabsorption.2,3 Individuals at risk for deficiency can have their healthcare provider assess pertinent biomarkers to ascertain their vitamin B12 status.†ΔVitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products, which is why vegetarians and vegans are at greater risk of not meeting recommended levels of vitamin B12 in their diet.It is generally not present in plant foods, but fortified breakfast cereals provide a non-food-bound source of vitamin B12 with high bioavailability for vegetarians, vegans, older adults with inadequate stomach acid, or those who regularly utilize antacids.* Based on US News & World Report - Pharmacy Times Survey of pharmacists recommending in this category.Δ The USDA reports that approximately 9% of Americans are deficient in vitamin B12. Source: USDA report on Tufts University Framingham Offspring Study: http://ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2000/000802.htm Original research article: Tucker KL et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 2000;71:514-22.Suggested Use: Take one softgel daily with a meal.Other Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Gelatin (Porcine), Glycerin, Yellow Beeswax, Water, Soy Lecithin, Colors Added. Contains: SoyInteractions: Given that no two people are alike, if you are taking any medications you should be aware that potential drug-nutrient interactions may occur and are encouraged to consult a health care professional before using this product.No Color Added. No Artificial Flavors. No Preservatives. No Yeast or Starch. Gluten FreeKeep out of reach of children.For Consumer Questions or Inquiries call 1-800-276-2878 or visit www.naturemade.comAt Nature Made® we're committed to quality. That's why we work with USP, an independent organization that tests for quality and purity. The Nature Made® difference is easy to see - just look for the USP Verified Mark on the label of our products.About Nature Made®For 45 years, we have made quality at Nature Made® our top priority. From ingredient sourcing, to strict compliance with current good manufacturing practices, to our third-party verification approach, we believe it is our responsibility to lead in delivering quality products and a quality consumer experience.Our CommitmentAt Nature Made®, we're committed to your health and well-being. For over 20 years, we've been supporting public studies and participating in clinical trials. We also have a long history of making our own learnings available to researchers, healthcare providers and our retail partners. We're here, pure and simple, to help people lead healthier lives.