Role of Vitamin B12 in human body
Vitamin B12 and other B Vitamins play a role in producing chemicals that affect our mood and other brain functions. Vitamin B12 not only facilitates smooth functioning of the nerve tissue but is also essential for the formation of the red blood cells resulting in a healthy immune system. It helps in absorbing the folic acid, which aids the release of energy.
For proliferation of cells, an adequate amount of Vitamin B12 is necessary. Millions of red blood cells are produced by our body every minute and this production can decrease if there is a deficiency of Vitamin B12, resulting in anemia.
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Some of the most common signs of Vitamin B12 deficiency include:
- Mental illness like depression, memory loss
- Rapid heartbeat
- Pale skin
- Vision loss
- Loss of appetite and more
Foods that contain Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products like mutton, eggs, fish and dairy. In case you have Vitamin B12 deficiency and you do not consume animal products, you must change your diet to Vitamin B12-fortified grains, supplements, a high-dose of oral Vitamin B12 or B12 injections. The elderly must intake a B12 supplement or a multivitamin containing B12.
If left untreated, Vitamin B12 deficiency can also lead to anemia or a nerve and brain damage which can eventually become irreparable. Vitamin B12 deficient patients have a high possibility of developing pernicious anemia, a type of blood disorder.
If you experience symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, you must consult your doctor for a Vitamin B12 and Folate/Folic acid test.
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