Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that your body needs for energy production and function of CNS
Even though the vitamin is found in many foods, B12 deficiency are relatively common. This is often due to a limited diet like vegan, certain medical conditions or the use of B12-depleting medications like metformin or proton pump inhibitors.
Because the ability to absorb B12 from food declines with age, deficiency is more common in older adults (those over 60), However it can still affect children and younger adults, including those who are pregnant and breastfeeding.
If you’re low or deficient in B12, you’ll likely feel:
This is due to your body’s cells needing B12 to function properly, having inadequate B12 levels can decrease normal red blood cell production, which can impair oxygen delivery.
You may have:
Pale or yellow skin
Your skin becomes pale due to a lack of fully-matured, healthy red blood cells in the body a condition called Anaemia.
Are the most commonly reported symptoms related to B12 deficiency in both adults and kids
Possibly due to damage to the optic nerve
Depression and confusion
As B12 is essential to the proper functioning of the central nervous system, a deficiency in B12 can impact your mental health.
Diarrhea, nausea, constipation, bloating, gas, and other gastrointestinal symptoms, Glossitis, pins-and-needles sensation in certain areas of the body, muscle cramps, muscle weakness and erectile dysfunction can also be signs of B12 deficiency.