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August 1, 2007 at 2:22 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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Vitamin B12 is necessary for the production of red blood cells and plays an important role in maintaining the health of nerve cells. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and is derived almost entirely from meat, fish, milk products, and eggs. A vitamin B12 (also called Cobalamin) and/or folate deficiency reflects a chronic shortage of one or both of these vitamins. The body will usually store 3 to 5 years worth of B12 and several months; supply of folate in the liver. Deficiencies and their associated symptoms can take months or even years to manifest in adults. Infants and children, however, will show signs of deficiency more rapidly, as they have not yet established extensive reserves. Deficiency of vitamin B12 can affect both men and women in equal numbers. A deficiency in B12 can also result in varying degrees of neuropathy, nerve damage that can cause tingling and numbness in the patient's hands and feet as well as mental changes such as confusion or irritability. Decreased levels of B12 or folate may be seen with chronic disorders and with some prescription medications. Your body requires very little vitamin B12 and most of us get sufficient quantities of it in our normal meals to satisfy our daily requirements. You're most vulnerable to a vitamin B12 deficiency if you're a vegan and not using a dietary supplement containing vitamin B12. The main symptom that arises from vitamin B12 deficiency is a type of anemia that causes you to feel tired, weak, and lethargic. You might also feel nauseous, constipated, and become gassy. More severe cases can have symptoms such as; Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, insomnia, loss of memory, dizziness, lack of balance, digestive problems, eye problems, headaches, hallucinations, inflamed tongue, breathing difficulties, loss of memory, palpitations, sore mouth or tongue, paleness, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness, or ringing in the ears. Vitamin B12 is mostly found in animal products like eggs, dairy, fish, and meat. Also organs have high sources of vitamin B12 as well. Vitamin B12 is rarely found in vegetables, which is why vegetarians and vegans who don't eat dairy products or meat, are especially at high risk. If a Vitamin B 12 deficiecy is left untreated it can cause progressive damage to the nervous system, especially the nerves outside of the brain and the spinal cord. You will want to find a good B12 supplement to add to your diet.

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