Signs And Symptoms Of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that our body needs for processes, like energy production, DNA synthesis and central nervous system function. B12 insufficiency and deficiency can be due to limited dietary intake, malabsorption or certain medical conditions.

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The average recommended dose for adults is 2.4 mcg a day. If you suspect you might have a B12 deficiency, it's important to visit your doctor and test your values. 

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When there is deficiency of B 12,  the body doesn't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to tissues, you'll likely feel weak and tired.

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Pale skin 

Anemia related to B12 deficiency may make your skin pale due to a lack of fully-matured, healthy red blood cells in the body. It can also cause jaundice, which makes the skin and the whites of the eyes take on a yellowish color.

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headaches are amongst the most common symptoms related to B12 deficiency in adults and kids. Research has shown that people who frequently experience certain types of headaches are more likely to have low B12 levels.

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Depressive mood

B12 is essential for the proper functioning of the central nervous system, and a deficiency in this nutrient can impact your mental health.

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Stomach issues

A B12 deficiency may also cause diarrhea, nausea, constipation, bloating, gas, and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

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Diff to concentrate

Since B 12 deficiency adversely impacts the central nervous system, people with low or deficient B12 levels may feel foggy-headed and have difficulty concentrating and completing tasks.

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Muscle cramps and muscle weakness is common with B12 deficiency as it negatively impacts motor and sensory nerve function.

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