Vitamin B12 Deficiency - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You!

Vitamin B12 Deficiency - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You!

In this fast paced world, we seem to be in a hurry all the time. We are in a hurry getting to work, getting off of work, doing our daily chores, so much so, we are in a hurry even while eating our food. This steers our attention from what we are really eating and feeding our body with. It does get really difficult to live a healthy lifestyle while doing so much. The food that we eat also has lost its purity and the nutrients that they possess. With the harmful preservatives and chemicals taking over the world, finding something organic and pure has definitely become a task.

All this leads to situations that directly affect our health and body. Deficiency of vitamins and nutrients is what we are talking about. Be it men or women, deficiency of especially Vitamin B12 has engulfed a larger section of the population inside and outside India. Let us delve upon this better.

Why is Vitamin B12 important?

The human body needs this vitamin to generate red blood cells, nerves, DNA and to carry out other important functions. The average adult should get at least 2.4 micrograms of Vitamin B12 a day. Like most vitamins, Vitamin B12 cannot be made by the human body. Instead it has to be induced through diet or supplements.

To any discomfort or disease in the human body, the symptoms play an essential role in identifying the disease. Once identified, the disease can then be cured.

Likewise let’s find out the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is quite tricky as it is slow to develop, causing the symptoms to appear gradually and intensify over time. Hence, Vitamin B12 deficiency may include:

  1.     Strange sensations like numbness or tingling in the hands, legs or feet.
  2.     Difficulty walking- staggering, losing balance
  3.     Anemia- A condition in which the blood carries too few RBCs which carry oxygen to all the tissues in the body.
  4.     Swollen, inflamed tongue
  5.     Difficulty thinking and reasoning- ;cognitive difficulties or memory loss
  6.     Weakness
  7.     Fatigue

It is advised to talk to your doctor about having your Vitamin B12 level checked if you are experiencing any of these symptoms as early detection and treatment is important. If left untreated, the deficiency can lead to severe neurological problems and diseases in the future.

The treatment? Boosting your Vitamin B12!

A very serious Vitamin B12 deficiency can be dealt with two ways- weekly shots of vitamin B12 or daily dose of B12 supplements. A mild B12 deficiency can be treated with a standard multivitamin.

Since prevention is always better than cure, ensuring that you are inducing your body with Vitamin B12 is important. It is important to eat bread, cereals and other grains rich in Vitamin B12 or you may take a daily supplement.

Begin taking yours now!

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