Vitamin deficiencies can still cause discomfort and problems for many people, even though they are not as common as mineral deficiencies
Vitamin B12 and its role
This vitamin is one of the most important ones in the human body. The function of B12 is to provide us with energy. Many athletes consume B12 trough pills in order to increase their performance levels in cardio workouts and sports. Also, vitamin B12 is a natural solution for losing weight.
But perhaps the most important role that this vitamin plays in our body, is that it allows the blood stream to successfully transmit oxygen to all the parts in the body, by actively participating in the formation of the red blood cells. The lack of this vitamin is manifested as weakness and tiredness, called megaloblastic anemia.
Vital body functions that vitamin B12 supports
- It creates red blood cells
- It transports oxygen to our brain
- It preserves the health of our nerve system
- Absorbs iron
- It encourages and improves the proper functioning of women’s reproductive system
- It supports the formation of nerves
- It reduces carbohydrates and fats
- Effectively improves our digestive system
- Encourages proper circulation
Sources of vitamin B12
Some of the foods that we eat on a regular basis, are packed with vitamin B12, but there will be some occasions when these sources alone won’t be enough to support the optimal levels that our body desires. In these occasions, we can switch to the high-risk group, that needs supplements of this vitamin every day.
Who belongs to the high-risk group?
- People with celiac, Crohn or other autoimmune disease
- People that are older than 60, particularly those who were previously diagnosed with extra stomach acids and digestion problems
- Also, metamorphin users belong to this group, because the consumption of metamorphin, disables the ability of the body to absorb B12 vitamin
Symptoms that indicate vitamin B12 deficiency
- Constant tiredness and the inability to keep your eyes open. This happens because the body’s oxygen levels are low, and it does not have the energy that it needs.
- Short-term memory loss in young people. Dementia in young people is almost impossible.
- The sensation of “pins and needles” and the feeling of numbness, indicate B12 deficiency that has most likely caused nerve damage.
- Yellow skin and paleness due to the degradation of the blood cells.
- Lack of oxygen in the blood, causes a non-stop feeling of dizziness.
- B12 deficiency can lead to loss of papillae bumps on your tongue, which can prevent us from recognizing the taste of the food that we are eating.
- B12 deficiency leads to lack of serotonin and dopamine (also known as happiness chemicals), which can lead to anxiety and sadness.
- It can also cause some dangerous sight and hearing problems. Double vision is one of them. It can also cause shadows to appear in your field of vision.
Why does vitamin B12 deficiency occur?
- It can be caused by antacids that dissolve and prevent stomach acid
- Nitrous oxide, or the so called laughing gas. It destroys the supplies of B12 in the human body.
- The H. Pylori bacteria, that destroys stomach cells and prevents the consumption of B12.
- Coffee, and its active consumption (more than 4 cups a day), destroys more than 15% of the B12 supply. It has not been medically explained yet.
- Gastric bypass and weight loss surgeries.
Complementary sources of B12 vitamin
The best way to ingest vitamin B12 is trough animal-origin products like:
- Meat- Lamb, chicken, beef, goat, pork, turkey
- Seafood and fish – Shrimp, salmon, tuna, scallop, cod, sardines.
- The yolk of the egg, where all the minerals and vitamins are stored.
- Fortified food for vegans
- Coconut milk
- Dairy foods – All sorts of cheese, milk, yoghurt
This vitamin is difficult to absorb, but so easy to find. We encourage you to go and test the levels of B12 vitamin in your blood, especially if you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms.