There are six main groups of vitamins that the human body needs to function properly. They are A, B, C, D, E, and K. Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble and are stored to some extent in the body’s fat stores.
B and C, however, are water-soluble and are excreted in the urine when taken in excess. Therefore, they are more likely to be deficient than others.
Vitamin B is a family of substances grouped under the letter B that make a number of important processes in the body run better and in an orderly fashion.
Among them, vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is a particularly important cofactor in DNA production and fatty and amino acid metabolism.
The Wikipedia page on this particular substance, in addition to naming it the most structurally complex protein, also says in an absolutely chilling way:
“Vitamin B12 deficiency has the potential to cause serious and irreversible damage, especially to the brain and nervous system […] especially in older people (over 60), who produce less stomach acid as they age, thus increasing the likelihood of B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause symptoms of mania and psychosis.”
So it’s best to keep this vitamin in mind when planning your diet.
Here are some “red” signs of this vitamin deficiency.
- Unexplained fatigue.
If you feel tired when you do things that you used to do with ease, it may be due to cobalamin deficiency. You need to start eating foods rich in vitamin B12.
- Feeling dizzy and lightheaded
This is also a worrisome sign because vitamin B12 plays an important role in maintaining normal blood pressure; when blood pressure drops, people feel dizzy and lightheaded.
This usually accompanies other symptoms of serious illness, so if this continues, you should see your doctor.
- Forgetting things.
Brain function is one of the main problems associated with vitamin B12. This is why when you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, it affects your brain function the most.
Forgetfulness is one of many signs that should be a signal that something is wrong with your body. However, if it persists, see your doctor.
- Muscle Dysfunction.
Muscles depend a lot on nerves, and when nerves fail, they take them with them.
- Pins and needles.
That creepy sensation of pins and needles stuck inside the body is the result of nerves failing or their myelin sheath thinning. One of the many reasons for this is vitamin B12 deficiency.
So what to do.
Vitamin B12 is easily found in over-the-counter preparations. Most of the common non-vegetarian foods we consume daily contain it in large quantities. If you want to go even further, brew a tea of caraway seeds and drink it before bedtime. Increase your consumption of foods such as eggs and liver every evening.