If you are not getting enough vitamin B12 (also known as Cobalamin) then your health may be in trouble as Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in your overall health. For example vitamin B12:
-Is involved in the formation of blood cells,
-Is Responsible for DNA synthesis and energy production.
-Increases your concentration and boosts your memory system.
-Delays ageing and protects the immune system.
-Is used to treat several diseases like depression, anemia, heart disorders, diabetes, AIDS, swollen tendons and bowel diseases.
The amount of vitamin 12 needed by your body depends on your age.
Causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Vitamin B12 deficiency can happen if you have certain conditions, such as:
-Thinned stomach lining
-Pernicious anemia, which makes it hard for your body to absorb vitamin B12
-Surgery (including weight loss surgery) that removed part of your stomach or small intestine
-Conditions affecting the small intestine, such as bacterial growth or a parasite
-Heavy alcohol intake
-Immune system disorders, such as Graves’ disease or lupus
-Long-term use of acid-reducing drugs
-If you practice veganism or vegetarianism (you don’t eat enough eggs or dairy products to meet your vitamin B12 needs).
-Babies born to mothers who are vegetarians may also not get enough vitamin B12.
You can get vitamin B12 from your diet, or from supplements.
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
A deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency anemia. A mild deficiency may cause only mild, if any, symptoms. But if untreated, it may cause symptoms such as:
– Chronic Fatigue,weakness, light-headedness and tiredness.
–Shortness of Breath
– Hallucinations and Psychosis
-Sore tongue, easy bruising or bleeding gums
-Stomach upset and weight loss
-Diarrhea or constipation
Most people can prevent vitamin B12 deficiency by eating enough meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products, and eggs.
If you don’t eat animal products, or you have a medical condition that limits how well your body absorbs nutrients, experts recommend taking a B12-containing multivitamin and eating breakfast cereal fortified with vitamin B12.