B12 plays an important role by producing red blood cells and DNA as well as functions in the Nervous system. This means it affects every part of your body in some form or fashion. B12 deficiency is really common and can be seen in the elderly, diabetic on medication, vegans, and those that are on long term heartburn medication. That’s not including those that have had surgery to remove part of the bowls that B12 is absorbed by. Some major symptoms are:
Paleness or Jaundiced skin, weakness, fatigue,breathlessness, Dizziness– Which happens when there are not enough red blood cells and DNA is not able to properly copy itself. Happens because the body is not getting enough oxygen that is cared by the red blood cells. ( Not enough red blood cells = not enough oxygen = feeling tired and weak)
Pins and needles sensations, mobility issues, blurred vision- Nerve damage caused by not having enough myelin (a nerve’s protective coating) that keeps the nerves functioning properly. This can lead to neurological issues, paresthesia, and anemia. nerve damage can affect balance and coordination making for a greater likeability for falling in the elderly. Deficiency can lead to optic nerve damage but can be reversed with increase in B12.
Inflamed tongues and mouth ulcers- The inflammation becomes painful and hard to swallow causing a change in the way you eat and speak.
Mood Changes- Depression and dementia can be a symptom of being deficient in B12 though it is not the only cause of these conditions. Taking B12 can help delay or improve the condition itself.
Secret: Vitamin B12 or Cobalamin is a water- soluble vitamin and is not stored in the body.