The Important Facts You Need To Know About Vitamin B12 Deficiency

If you have any of these symptoms you may have to reconsider your vitamin B12 consumption.

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  • A general lack of coordination and balance
  • Having soreness on your tongue
  • Having an abnormal weight loss
  • Experiencing hallucinations, depression, irritability and mania
  • Having memory loss and lacking concentration
  • Rapid heartbeat and a shortness of breath
  • Stomach upset
  • Bleeding gums and bruising easily
  • Tiredness, light-headedness, and fatigue
  • Having pale looking skin
  • Having a tingling feeling in your feet and hands
  • Numbness of your hands and feet

Importance Of Vitamin B12:

  • This vitamin helps protect your nerves and cells.
  • Vitamin B12 helps in creating DNA.
  • It protects your body from megaloblastic anaemia which makes you feel tired and weak.

How does your body absorb vitamin B12

Your body will absorb vitamin B12 from the food you eat in the following ways;

  • First off the hydrochloric acid of your stomach will separate the vitamins found in your food’s proteins.
  • Next, the vitamins will be mixed with the stomach generated proteins (intrinsic factor)
  • The vitamin B12 is then absorbed by your body.
  • When you suffer from anaemia you will be unable to absorb vitamin B12 when your body cannot produce the necessary intrinsic factor.

How vitamin B12 deficiency occurs

People over the age of 60 years tend to be vitamin B12 deficient. Vitamin B12 tests can sometimes state that s person is not vitamin B12 deficient when he actually is.

If you have the following medical conditions you may have trouble absorbing vitamin B12:

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  • If you are over 50 years old your stomach may not be able to produce sufficient amounts of hydrochloric acid necessary for vitamin B12 absorption.
  • If you suffer from pernicious anemia. As mentioned earlier, you can treat this condition with vitamin B12 injections.
  • Having Celiac or Crohn’s disease.
  • Vegetarians usually have vitamin B12 deficiency because this vitamin is predominantly found in animal food products.
  • Breastfeeding mothers that are vegetarians are also likely to be vitamin B12 deficient.

What foods are rich in vitamin B12:

Animal food products have vitamin B12, some of which include;

  • Nutritional yeasts, some cereals and other fortified foods
  • Fish, eggs, poultry, meat, milk and other dairy products.
  • Beef liver and clams.

You should test yourself for vitamin B12 deficiency, if you have any of these…

  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease 
  • Mania, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
  • Patients with gastric bypass
  • If you are older than 60 years
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Confusion, disorientation and any drastic change in your mental status
  • Eating disorder
  • Having a family history of anemia
  • Having anemia with an elevated mean corpuscular volume
  • Using Metformin and PPI medications
  • Vegetarians
  • Autistic children
  • Having cardiovascular conditions such as heart attacks, stroke and blood clots

Improving your body’s vitamin B12:

  • A high oral intake or vitamin B12 injections can help to raise your vitamin B12 levels.
  • Eat dairy products, poultry, eggs, meat, fish and seafood.

Vitamin comes in various forms so consult your doctor for the right administration and dosage.


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