Vitamin B12 deficiency - causes, symptoms and effects
B vitamins are very important components of a daily diet. One of them is cobalamin - an active substance known as vitamin B12. Can a vitamin B12 deficiency have serious consequences? What are the causes and symptoms of this vitamin deficiency?
What causes vitamin B12 deficiency?
The problem of vitamin B12 deficiency is, in most cases, the result of an unbalanced diet. Meat products are one of the main sources of this substance, therefore its low level is often detected in vegetarians or vegans. An equally frequent reason for the low content of vitamin B12 in a person is an innate disorder associated with the metabolism - here specialists point out the lack of the so-called Castel factor, which is responsible for the proper absorption and assimilation of various active components.
- Other causes of vitamin B12 deficiency include celiac disease,
- Crohn's disease,
- atrophic gastritis,
- intestinal disorders that cause malabsorption syndrome,
- Tapeworm infection that makes the body consume more vitamin B12
- Complete or almost complete resection of the stomach after surgery.
- It should also be added that the total level of vitamin B12 in the daily diet can also be affected by some drugs used in long-term drug therapy.
What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?
Vitamin B12 deficiency is a problem because its symptoms can refer to completely different sources. Symptoms associated with low levels of cobalamin include abnormalities affecting multiple domains, which can eventually lead to poor performance on multiple levels. The most common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are:
- Dizziness and headache
- lose excess weight
- Constant feeling of tiredness
- Epileptic seizures accompanied by motor anxiety
- Loss of taste and appetite with accompanying tongue irritation
- A way to sense problems that can cause a depressed mood
- Weakness of the nervous system and a feeling of fatigue.
How do you deal with the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency?
Changing the current eating habits and introducing a varied diet is one of the best ways to counteract the harmful effects of vitamin B12 deficiency. Unfortunately, the cobalamin contained in food is not fully assimilated by the body, which means that the food consumed covers only a part of the daily needs.
That is why it is useful to supplement your daily diet with supplements that allow you to quickly and easily provide the optimal amount of this required component. The Olimp Sport Nutrition brand recommends Vita-Min Multi Sport - easy-to-swallow capsules that contain
essential minerals and vitamins (including B12), selected in well-absorbed forms. The composition of the product was prepared in the modern laboratories of the pharmaceutical company Olimp Laboratories on the basis of high-quality raw materials, which have undergone analysis for their microbiological purity.