As we grow older, our body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12 slows down. Vitamin B12 is responsible for helping make the red blood cells and DNA. Since the human body is incapable of making vitamin B12, it’s essential that we get it from supplements or animal-based foods. But some people do not take this vitamin seriously. Because of this, they end up suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency.
According to statistics, about 40% of North Americans suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency. Also, those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia also suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency.
If you are suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency, you will experience the following signs.
You Can’t Stay Awake: One of the biggest telltale signs of vitamin B12 deficiency is fatigue. This is not normal fatigue though. If you constantly get at least eight hours of sleep and are still tired, you might be suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency. The human body relies on this vitamin to produce red blood cells. The more red blood cells that are created, the more oxygen is carried through the body. One thing to remember is that fatigue is only one symptom, so don’t assume you’re vitamin B12 deficient.
You’re Muscles Are Weak: To keep your muscles strong, they need oxygen. The red blood cells that deploy oxygen to the muscles rely on vitamin B12. So if you are vitamin B12 deficient, your muscles will feel weak.
Memory Loss: This sign is often mistaken for Alzheimer’s and dementia. But vitamin B12 deficiency can also be to blame. As I have mentioned already, vitamin B12 helps create red blood cells. If there are not a sufficient amount of red blood cells, your brain won’t receive much oxygen. If your brain isn’t receiving enough oxygen, it will not properly function the way you’re used to. This could lead to foggy memory.
Pale Skin: If you notice that your complexion looks yellowish, you may be vitamin B12 deficient. It’s when the red blood cells are broken that causes the release of bilirubin. This gives the skin a yellowish color. You may also be suffering from Jaundice, so speak with your doctor if you experience this.
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