Vitamin b12 deficiency symptoms can range from mild to severe. In this article we discover what to look for.
by M. Daniels, has been professionally writing and editing technical non-fiction articles and publications for over 3 decades.
Because the process by which the body absorbs this vitamin from foods
is complex and easily sidetracked, symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency
are common in people who do not take supplements or eat fortified foods.
Some of the early vitamin b12 deficiency symptoms include nervousness, poor appetite, weakness in the legs and general fatigue. These symptoms are usually followed by anemia. A lack of vitamin B12 leads to anaemia because it is needed by the human body for the proper assimilation of iron and for the formation of red blood cells.
In some cases, vitamin b12 deficiency symptoms are not followed by anemia, but could be much more serious. One of the vitamin B12 functions is to insulate and protect nerve and brain cells from damage. Lack of B12 can cause numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, trouble with balance or coordination, difficulty walking and eventually brain damage.
Low levels of B12, B6 and folate are found in persons with high homocysteine levels. High homocysteine levels are related to early development of heart and vascular diseases. A chronic shortage of this vitamin may not lead to obvious vitamin b12 deficiency symptoms, but may increase the risk of developing heart disease in later life. The best insurance is supplementation with B12 and other B complex vitamins.
Many substances can interfere with the proper absorption of B12. The list that follows may be incomplete.
In conclusion, to avoid developing Vitamin b12 deficiency symptoms and to protect long term health, supplementation is the best solution.
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