LOS ANGELES, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Vitamin b deficiency symptoms
Vitamin b is an essential water soluble vitamin that plays a vital role in cellular metabolism but because of the popularity of vegetarian style diets many may find they lack the appropriate amount of the vitamin since vitamin b is primarily present in meat products.
Here is a list of common symptoms associated with a vitamin b deficiency-
- Light headedness
- Easy bruising
- Bleeding gums
- Upset stomach and diarrhea
- In lack of vitamin b12 may lead to-
- Tingling in fingers or toes
- Mood swings
A deficiency of vitamin b may be caused simply by an insufficient amount of the vitamin in the diet or by a number of different conditions including-
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Small intestine surgery
Luckily a modification of the diet can ensure proper vitamin b levels even if a strict vegetarian diet is adhered to. There are numerous b supplements on the market and even vitamin b12 shots that are available for rapid absorption and effect. The critical thing is that if there is a deficiency to immediately take action to treat it.
Vitamin B12 is also called cobalamin because it contains a metal ion (cobalt). This makes it more complex and vitamin longest of all. The only vitamin can be synthesized by bacteria and is therefore in animal products. There are two types of forms of vitamin B12 in the body.
Functions of Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 contributes to the formation of blood cells and bone marrow metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins and genetic material production. It also plays a major role in mechanisms in nervous and cardiovascular and DNA synthesis. Deficiency of this vitamin causes anemia, fatigue, irritability, depression, shortness of breath, difficulty walking, memory loss, mood swings, disorientation, dementia and constipation. This can affect 10-15% of people over 60. This is a result of malfunction of the stomach, pancreas and small intestine in the elderly, causing a decrease in the absorption of vitamins.
Vitamin B12 in food
Vitamin B12 is mainly present in animal products such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, seafood and less milk and dairy products. Cereals may be fortified with this vitamin.
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