Vitamin B12 helps the body to function. Loss of which sense signals a deficiency in this vitamin? And how can you get more of it?
Harvard Health recommends adults should get 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B12 everyday.
A deficiency in vitamin B12 can be slow to develop, causing symptoms to appear gradually over time and worsen.
This is especially true when the condition goes on untreated.
Additional symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency in anaemic individuals include muscle weakness and depression.
Additionally, one may suffer from numbness and tingling in the feet and hands (paraesthesia).
Moreover, some people may experience diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, disturbed vision and irritability.
A vitamin B12 deficiency can be confirmed with a simple blood test at the GP’s surgery.
With the coronavirus pandemic urging people not to attend GP clinics, what can you possibly do if you think you have a vitamin B12 deficiency?
It may be time to pay attention to your diet. As vitamin B12 isn’t created in the body by itself, a person’s diet is the main source of the vitamin.
For instance, meat, eggs, poultry and dairy products contain vitamin B12.
And, when you consume such food products, you then ingest vitamin B12 too.