Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that our bodies need to be healthy. It’s responsible for making Red blood cells, nerves and DNA, in addition to carrying out other essential functions in our body. The fact is our body can’t produce B12 on it’s own. Like most of other Vitamins, we need to consume it. On average, a healthy adult must consume at least 2.4 micrograms of B12 each day. However, some people don’t include enough amount of B12 rich food in their diet. And others are unable to absorb enough B12 no matter how much they consume in a day. The result is that many people come about of Vitamin B12 deficiencies- and you might be one of them. Read the blog to know more about the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency.
Experts believe that – 20% of people over 50 experience low levels of Vitamin B12. But most of us ignore the signs because the symptoms are of various kinds and are also common among other conditions as well. If you want to catch and remedy a potential Vitamin B12 deficiency, be sure not to ignore following signs-
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency are:
Weakness and fatigue- Most common symptom of Vitamin B12
Among the most common symptoms of a Vitamin B12 deficiency is feeling tired and weak. B12 is required for the production of Red blood cells, and not getting enough of B 12 obstruct the transportation of oxygen throughout the body. Due to this you might feel tired and weak.
Vitamin B12 is needed for your mental health and is interlinked to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. This is because B12 is needed to produce neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which are responsible for mood regulation and brain function. Vitamin deficiencies are also proven to reduce oxygen levels in the brain. Due to this frequent mood swings or changes can happen.
Dizziness and shortness of breathe
Dizziness are also one among the other symptoms of a Vitamin B12 deficiency. These signs occur most often when sudden changing positions- like standing up after sitting or lying down or immediately after strenuous physical activity. Dizziness happens because there is shortage of red blood cells in the body. And without adequate amount of oxygen in blood, the cells in the body cannot perform their functions efficiently.
Numbness- Most ignored Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency
It is found that Nerve damage is the most serious side effect. Over time, a lack of B12 cause reduced production of myelin, which makes up the protective sheath around the nerves. This symptoms is most common in elder people. Although people over the age of 60 -65 or above that are more likely to experience a B12 deficiency. But people over the age of 30-40 with a severe deficiency may also show these symptoms.
Paleness or jaundice
People with a Vitamin B12 deficiency often seen as pale or even slightly yellow in color. Jaundice is a condition that effects the skin and the eyes producing the yellow tinge. because of this reason, the entire supply of red blood cells becomes useless to the body. The subsequent shortage causes paleness.
If you have B12 deficiency you might also experience blurry or distorted vision. This symptom is most common when the deficiency progresses into nerve damage.
Skin, Hair and Nail problems- Common Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency
Vitamin B12 is also essential for healthy hair, skin and nails, if your B12 intake is low- You might notice their decline. Other skin issues include acne, pigmentation and skin lesions. Low level of B12 can cause hair loss, prematurely gray hair and brown gray nails.
Swollen, Red tongue
glossitis is an early sign of a B12 deficiency and it causes inflammation of the tongue. You may notice redness, swelling or pain. Once your tongue change shape and color, you may struggle to speak and eat.
Digestive issues and a decreased appetite
Low levels of B12 can also be linked to problems in the digestive tract. Symptoms include- Nausea, vomiting, abdominal bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhea. With an upset stomach or recurring diarrhea, you might feel weak and lose your appetite.
Concluding >> Vitamin B12 rich food to overcome deficiency
To increase the amount of B12 in your diet eat more food items that are rich in Vitamin B12. B12 is naturally present in high amount in dairy products, food items of animal origin like fish, meat, poultry eggs etc. Few of Dairy products for example- low fat milk, cheese. yogurt. Spinach, beetroot, broccoli and Brussel sprouts are the vegetables which are rich in Vitamin B12. Various lentils and soya products are also rich source of B12. Banana- fruit contain high amount of Vitamin B6 and B12, along with magnesium and potassium, rich in fibre as well. That’s all for this health blog. Hope this is helpful to you all. let me know in the comments. Share with family and friends. Till then eat healthy and stay happy, You can do better!
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