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What is the recommended daily amount I should get of vitamin B12?

The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) of vitamin B12 varies depending on your age and your particular needs. In males and females ages 14 and over, the DRI is 2.4 micrograms (mcg) per day. That number goes up to 2.6 mcg during pregnancy and 2.8 mcg during breast-feeding. Supplementation of higher levels of vitamin B12 may be recommended for certain people over age 50 who have trouble absorbing the vitamin from foods. Talk to your doctor to find out the best daily amount of vitamin B12 for you.

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