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Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) > for food fortification

To have a complement portfolio of different vitamins, BTC offers you a wide range of the water-soluble B-vitamins. Besides dietary supplements vitamin B12 is also used for food fortification. Our BTC expert team will help you to find the best solution for your end-product.

Physiological importance

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is an essential micronutrient, which is naturally found in meat, fish, dairy products and eggs. It is lacking in vegan diets. Humans require vitamin B12 as a co-enzyme for healthy metabolism in all their cells. Vitamin B12 is crucial for red blood cells as well as nervous system function. Vitamin B12 plays an essential role in the healthy development of infants, and supports physical and mental fitness in adults. Importantly, it plays a role in cell metabolism to support healthy aging. Vitamin B12  deficiency is most common in elderly people and in association with a plant-based diet.

Properties of vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)

  • Cyanocobalamin with 0,1% and 1,0% concentration
  • available in power form
  • free-flowing, pink powder with mild characteristic odour 
  • somewhat soluble in water, soluble in alcohol
  • gelatine-free
  • complies with highest quality standards and regulatory requirements

Applications of vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)

To prevent vitamin B12 deficiency, the product is added to a large number of food products, such as food for babies and small children, food products for athletes (sports nutrition), dietetic products, energy drinks, milk powder, multi-vitamin juices, drink powders, confectionary and breakfast cereals. The dry powder is especially suitable for use in powder food products, which are dissolved in water or milk prior to consumption. It can also be used in vitamin mixtures in the food ingredient industry. 

As it does not contain proteins, the product is particularly suitable for use in hypoallergenic food products. 

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About BTC

BTC Europe is BASF's European sales organization for small and medium sized customers. Our product range covers selected speciality chemicals and performance polymers to a variety of industries as well as raw materials and additives for the pharma, food, animal nutrition and personal care industry. 

Our solutions for the human nutrition industry cover health ingredients like vitamins, plant sterols, carotenoids, Omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid, besides others. As food additives we offer antioxidants, emulsifiers, whipping emulsifiers, baking enzymes, functional fat powders, and lipids.