Vitamin B12 deficiency: symptoms and consequences

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Vitamin B12 it is an important element for our well-being and is introjected with food. In the event that our diet is poor in some foods (meat, eggs, milk and derivatives) or if there are difficulties in absorption in the stomach, we could go in deficit of this important element and manifest symptoms that are not always clearly diagnosed. Let's see together specifically what can happen to our organisms.


 

Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms

Low levels of vitamin B12 can cause sense of fatigue, asthenia, pallor, anemia. Sometimes this symptom is only analyzed as a lack of iron and supplemented with folic acid.


That's fine but it is always important to first undergo a survey that checks the levels of Vitamin B12, in order to do not silence a symptom improperly. In fact, in these cases, once the need to integrate Vitamin B12 has been verified, folic acid is also associated, in order to rebalance these important components.

If, on the other hand, only folic acid were used, there would be a risk of not considering the Vitamin B12 deficiency, which could lead to much more serious pathologies. Difficulty concentrating, tingling in the limbs, lack of balance, confused thinking they can be alarm bells for a serious impairment of the neurological system.


 

Vitamin B12: where is it found?

 

Consequences of vitamin B12 deficiency

Pernicious anemia, for example, is a typical syndrome of B12 absorption deficiency, often due the absence of the intrinsic factor, a protein secreted by stomach cells that are destroyed by antibodies that behave abnormally, as occurs in autoimmune diseases.


In this case a vicious circle is triggered whereby the disease generated does not allow the absorption of Vitamin B12, and the lack of B12 further promotes this form of anemia.

With a significant deficiency of Vitamin B12, the cardiovascular system can be fatigued, with breathing difficulties and increased compensatory heartbeat.

Our nervous system needs Vitamin B12; is an essential element for the repair of the myelin sheath, a protective sheath of nerve fibers that stabilizes electrical signals and directs them to their destination.

If it were not properly fed we would be faced with neurological difficulties that are often difficult to diagnose, such as confusional states, short memory loss, coordination difficulties, incorrect reactive outputs, a sort of dementia degeneration.

Vitamin B12 deficiency also affects the immune system that weakens, the intestinal bacterial flora becomes impoverished, with a lack of protection of our organism against even the most trivial seasonal ailments.


 

How Much Vitamin B12?

We can introject the right daily dose of vitamin B12, equal to 2,5 micrograms (NRV), through pre-prepared supplements available in pharmacies or herbalists.

We can facilitate the correct intake with products that include the vitamin B complex, in such a way as to also calibrate folic acid, vitamin B6, B1, B2, pantothenic acid, inositol, choline and niacin; a particular recommendation goes to those who practice a vegetarian diet or even vegan, and who therefore have excluded from their diet all those nutrients carrying vitamin B12, such as meat, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products.


 

Reflections on the consumption of vitamin B12, difficult to take especially for vegans, and easy to consume

To learn more:

> Foods rich in vitamin B12

> Vitamin B12 supplements

> Vitamin B12 high and low

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