Vitamin B12 is a very essential vitamin that is required for producing and maintaining new cells and creating DNA. It is often called “the energy vitamin.” because the body requires this vitamin to convert food into energy. B12 is water soluble which means the body absorbs the limited amount it requires, and the rest is evacuated through urine. Lack of vitamin B12 can give rise to many health-related problems like pernicious anaemia, and causes “irreversible” harm in the long run.
The group of vitamin B consists of eight nutrients, and each of them has a separate role in keeping the body healthy.
In spite of having names that sound similar (B1, B2, B3, etc.), these vitamins contain chemically diverse elements, and they are regularly found in the same foods.
Usually, dietary supplements have all of these 8 vitamins are known as a vitamin B complex. Each B vitamin has a definite role in the body and is vital for conserving cell health.
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The eight types of vitamins in the vitamin B complex include:
- Thiamine (B1)
- Riboflavin (B2)
- Niacin (B3)
- Pantothenic acid (B5)
- Pyridoxine (B6)
- Biotin (B7)
- Folate (B9, also known as folic acid)
- Cobalamin (B12)
Independently, all these eight B vitamins have different benefits for the body.
The symptoms of a vitamin B deficiency can differ and which type of vitamin B complex one is lacking has different symptoms.
Here we will try to decipher the symptoms of vitamin B deficiency.
General symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency
Some of the signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are: A pale yellowish tint in the skin, sores in the mouth, alterations to how you walk and move, vision problems, confusion, squatness of breath, feeling mostly tired, and mood swings.
If not treated well, vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to permanent damage to nerve cells, and its symptoms are
- Feeling of numb hands and itchy feeling in the hands, arms, and feet
- Having problem in walking and moving arms
- Paleness in muscle
- Prickliness and feeling of depression
- Sore mouth, ulcers, swollen tongues, and other mouth-related problems
- Loss in memory
- Symptoms of Dementia