Vitamin B deficiency is usually caused from poor diet or from a genetic condition when the body cannot absorb B12 vitamins. Vitamin B deficiency can cause serious complications if it is left untreated such as irreparable harm to the body’s nervous system.
Surprisingly, Vitamin B deficiency is a lot more common than what people think, especially with elderly people.
The symptoms of Vitamin B deficiency can be similar to those of anemia. Symptoms include:
Loss of concentration
Incline of memory
Little mental capability
Feelings of restlessness
Tingling feeling in arms, legs, hands and feet
Irregular sleep patterns
Sometimes, there are no specific symptoms or signs when someone is suffering from a deficiency in Vitamin B. The deficiency does not cause serious problems to your health straight away.
Vitamin B plays a large role in our normal bodily functions. It aids in the diffusion of nerve electricity, aids in the health of our nerve cells, regulates the pulse velocity and aids in digestion. It also helps our brains to function properly, helps us to produce energy and aids in our thought patterns.
With a lack of Vitamin B within our system, major complications can arise, such as irreparable damage to the spinal cord, may cause mania and neurosis. Deficiency can cause damage to the eyesight because of damage to the peripheral nerves.
Causes of Vitamin B deficiency is due to poor diet. Consuming too much processed foods and refined sugar. Too much refined sugar takes away the body’s Vitamin B stores. Intestinal infections are another cause as well as major surgery to the stomach, stress, tapeworm, parasites and medications to treat diabetes. Other causes can be genetic, where the body is unable to absorb the recommended amount of Vitamin B12 the body needs to function effectively.
Things that you can do to avoid Vitamin B deficiency is to eat foods that are high in B12, such as animal products like red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, milk and other dairy products. Cut down on processed foods and take away meals that are high in saturated fats. There are many forms of dietary supplements available from any health food store, although advice from a G.P is advised before consuming supplements. Cut back on coffee, alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs.
People who are vegetarians or vegans are at a higher risk of developing Vitamin B deficiency. Those who are on vegetarian diets should be tested regularly for the deficiency.