Vitamin B12 deficiency

Yes it is possible to be deficient in vitamin B12, but it’s not common in younger adults. We eat too much Vitamin B12.

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What is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is found in lots of foods and is a water soluble vitamin which is essential for our nervous system. They can be found in seafood, meat, dairy and eggs.

What is Vitamin B12 deficiency?

It is where some people are not getting enough of this vitamin through absorption of food.This deficiency is common in women over the ages of 50. It can last several weeks or months

Symptoms of this

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Pale skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Confusion as low B12 levels can affect the brain.
  • Depression
  • Fatigue and tiredness

What if I do have low Vitamin B12?

You should see your GP as this is a serious issue if not remedied promptly. You will have to do some lab tests for the doctor to find out what is wrong.

If you are low your doctor may prescribe supplements.

Some lifestyle choices to make are to include some more Vitamin B12 rich foods in your diet and not the processed food.

How do I prevent low Vitamin B12 levels?

Adults need about 2.4mcg of Vitamin B12 per day. We should be having more dairy and seafood and less processed foods. Oh and we should not be drinking as much alcohol. Once a week is fine. The more alcohol you drink, the lower your Vitamin B12 level will be.

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