Vitamin B12 What comes to mind when you think of It? It must be things like:
The risks of a deficiency
Are you at high risk
Where you can get it
The benefits of this vitamin
Well, it is vital in helping the proper functionality of your nervous system as well as the creation of red blood cells.
Where can you get it to avoid the risks of deficiency? Animal products like cheese, meat, milk, shellfish as well as eggs are some of the examples of foods that are rich in it.
The possible results of a lack of it are brain damage as well as permanent nervous breakdown.Pernicious anemia is another problem if you do not have sufficient B12. This is a condition where your body cannot deliver enough proteins for it’s absorption. What would you do if this happens to you? The best thing to do is to see your doctor. To help solve this problem, a B12 injection will be given to you. Examples of people who are more vulnerable are vegetarians and their children. Well, if you are among them, the best thing to do is to take some of this vitamin in a supplement.
In order to help in folic acid absorption, your body requires this vitamin. In fact, folic acid and it are tested at the same time. Why? The reason behind this is if you lack one of them, it can result to lack of the other. To help you handle daily activities, they are both needed.
It is better to know some of the symptoms of a deficiency in this vitamin . What is the difference between a sign and a symptom? Either can be mistaken for the other. A symptom is what you will be feeling, something that makes you go see a doctor. A sign is what other people will see and advise you to see a doctor.
As you have seen a deficiency can cause anemia, the symptoms, therefore, will be associated with lack of enough blood in the body.
Let us have a look at the symptoms:
Difficulty in breathing
Tiredness and fatigue
Heavy heart beats occasionally and not regular ones
Loss of weight
Tongue or mouth soreness
irregular monthly periods
It is important to know the above symptoms and to seek treatment if you have them. That is, if you already notice them. If you fail to seek for immediate treatment, further symptoms will emerge.
fingers tingling or numbness
Weak body muscles
Difficulty in walking normally
If you find that you have the above symptoms, it would be wise to see a doctor as soon as possible. The first thing the doctor will do is to diagnose and see whether you have a vitamin b12 deficiency. To know your blood level, a blood test will be performed. To know the root cause of anemia or abnormality in red blood cells, a biopsy of the bone marrow will be done.
If you have any questions please email me. Also please read the other articles on this site to learn about other important vitamins that you need.