B12 vitamin deficiency is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies and also one of the most harmful ones. If you are wondering what are the roles of the B12 vitamin, well it is the one responsible for making blood cells, assisting the nervous system to make it function properly, and making DNA. Unfortunately, B12 vitamin is not produced by the body, in fact, we get the B12 vitamin from different foods
The dangers of B12 vitamin deficiency are usually brought up to those who suffer from lupus, Grave’s disease, celiac disease, or Crohn’s disease. However, every single person should be alerted to the dangers of this deficiency especially vegans, vegetarians, and people aged above 50. To know whether or not you are vitamin B12 deficient, here are 8 common signs.
1. Pale yellow skin.
Jaundice is caused because of bilirubin production (red blood cells are the ones responsible for the production of bilirubin).
2. Numbness and tingling.
The first things that are affected by B12 vitamin deficiency are the nerves. If you experience balance problems, tingling, numbness, and tremors, then you are most likely vitamin B12 deficient.
3. Mood swings.
B12 vitamin deficiency does not affect your nerves alone, but your mood as well. If you experience extreme ups and downs, anxiety, and depression, then you are probably lacking the B12 vitamin (the vitamin can actually synthesize crucial chemicals like dopamine and serotonin that regulates your mood). If you experience the symptoms for more than 2 weeks, then you should book a doctor appointment as soon as possible.
4. Smooth, red tongue.
Losing papillae on the tongue is mainly caused because of a deficiency in the B12 vitamin. If you start experiencing taste loss or you can’t enjoy food anymore, then talk to your doctor about the possibility of vitamin B12 deficiency.
5. Eye problems.
As mentioned before, B12 vitamin deficiency affects the nerves and it can cause double vision, vision loss, light sensitivity, and blurry vision because of optical nerve damage.
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