Vitamin B12 is one of the vitamins that has started to be talked about recently. And there's a reason - we're increasingly realizing that they're not something we can ignore on our way to a he althy lifestyle
B12 is most commonly found in animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy. It is also found in small amounts in bread and some nut milks. It is extremely important for the production of red blood cells, DNA and the proper functioning of the nervous system.
Alas, B12 deficiency is becoming more widespread especially among adults. Among those at risk of deficiency are also people who have undergone surgery, people taking metformin preparations, vegans.
Here are the symptoms of B12 deficiency:
People who suffer from such a deficiency often have too light skin with a yellow tint. This occurs precisely because of the problem in the production of red blood cells. The lack of B12 can lead to the so-called megaloblastic anemia.
Weakness and fatigue
These are among the most common symptoms for this deficiency. The reason is again in the red blood cells and rather in their lack. They carry the oxygen throughout the body, and without enough oxygen in our body, we feel weak and tired.
Feeling pins and needles
One of the serious effects of not having enough vit B12 is damage to the nervous system. This is how we get sensations of tingling or, as we often call them, "pins and needles".
If this deficiency is not addressed, B12 deficiency can cause gait changes, loss of coordination and balance. This often goes undiagnosed, and the patient's age is used to explain the change in gait.
Glossitis and mouth ulcers
Glossitis is inflammation of the tongue - inflammation and plaques, including discoloration of the tongue. Studies show that a sore and sore tongue may be an early symptom of B12 deficiency.