Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms and Causes..

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Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms causes and food sources.

 In other pages, we've discussed how important vitamins and minerals are to the human body. Without them, we wouldn't be alive. And research has determined that almost half of the human race is deficient in some vitamins.

A vitamin B-12 deficiency can take many years to become apparent. The body stores this vitamin. Up to about 10 mg at a time, and very little is excreted, so when there's not enough Vitamin B-12, it can take some time before any symptoms are noticed. 

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms

  • Anemia is the one we hear about. We  all know someone that  has to take  vitamin B-12 injections. 
  • Memory loss. For some people, the reason they can't remember as well as they once did, and chalk it up to old age, is  "Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms." 
  • Abnormal gait
  • Nerve damage is another symptom of a vitamin B12 deficiency. 
  • Another Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptom is decreased reflexes,  another B-12 deficient symptom that could be thought of as just getting older. 
  • Eye problems may be related to vitamin B 12 deficiency.
  • Digestive disorders
  • Hallucinations

 If any of these symptoms are present and a doctor can't find a cause, have him /her give a blood test, or simply take vitamin B 12 for awhile to see if there's a  difference.

Certain diseases can cause malabsorption of B 12

If suffering with certain diseases a B 12 deficiency may be apparent. These diseases are:

  • Celiac disease 
  • Insufficient amount of stomach acid 
  • Colitis 
  • Abnormal amount of bacterial growth in the intestines 
  • Previous surgery on the stomach or intestines.

These deficiency symptoms take years to be notice. A daily supplement will set the mind at rest.

Good food sources for vitamin B 12

  • Milk and milk products 
  • Eggs 
  • Meat 
  • Poultry 
  • Oysters 
  • Liver 
  • Shellfish 
  • Other animal products

A daily supplement would be much easier to take other than wondering how much to eat each day with vitamin B 12 in it.

Other uses of Vitamin B 12

  • Vitamin B12 is given to people that have Alzheimer's disease.
  • Vitamin B12 is helpful for the treatment, and prevention of depression.
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency causes anemic (low count of red blood cells)

 Vitamin B 12 dosage, side effects, and interactions.

The adult RDA recommended is 3 micro-grams  For therapeutic doses 5 to 250 micro-grams is taken.  Vitamin B 12 is available in regular and extended-release. Also injections may have to be had. Treatments for specific aliments or severe deficiency may have to have high doses from injections. 

Vitamin B 12 can be taken at doses ten thousand times more than the recommended dosage and not cause side effects. If taking anti-gout or anticoagulant medication or potassium supplements, additional B 12 supplements may be needed.

Other vitamins, and minerals that are important for us to maintain our health.

Thanks for reading.

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