You might be seeing age-old individuals in your routine…. After all, one day each one of us will be old. But along with your old age can you depend on others for your daily routine… Does it carry a good opinion and affection for you…? Okay, if the dependence is not a problem even then, can you tolerate those degenerative diseases which put you in trouble and pain??? I hope the answer will be a big NO… because none of us want to suffer when there is a remedy…
Remedy? Don’t feel that there is something extraordinary that turns to be a remedy for you.. All these can be avoided just by being nutritious and identifying your deficiencies from time to time. Oh yeah!!!… when I started discussing about degenerative diseases it reminded me of a wonder vitamin which is a one stop solution for anaemia and degenerative diseases like Dementia (memory loss), Alzheimer’s and many more… Of course, this is not only beneficial for old age people but also required by people of all ages.
Which vitamin is it?
It’s a complex vitamin, which is a part of B-complex i.e. Vitamin B12 alias Cyanocobalamin.
Vitamin B-12 or Cobalamin is the largest and most complex vitamin currently known to man. It plays a major role in the synthesis of DNA and RNA (nucleic acids) and helps maintaining nerve cells and blood cells.
Vitamin B-12 is mostly found in animal sources and these days many Best Vitamin B12 supplements are also available in the market.
Vitamin B12 can be consumed in large doses because excess is excreted by the body or stored in the liver for use, when supplies are scarce. Stores of B12 can last for up to a year.
One should not be deficient of vitamin B-12 because even a slight vitamin B-12 deficiency can cause anemia, fatigue, mania, and depression and a long-term vitamin B-12 deficiency might lead to major disorders.
You might be interested in knowing some specific sources of Vitamin B-12… Right???
Some Good Food Sources of Vitamin B12
- Fish and shellfish
- Poultry and eggs
- Dairy products
- Fortified cereals
It’S always good to get vitamins from whole foods. But doctors often suggest fortified foods and Vitamin B-12 supplements to people over 50yrs because as you grow in age, it’s harder for our bodies to absorb vitamin B-12 from food.
What if you don’t get enough Vitamin B-12?
Vitamin B12 deficiency can have a number of possible causes. Typically it occurs in people whose digestive systems do not adequately absorb the vitamin from the foods they eat.
Its deficiency may lead to Megaloblastic anaemia where the number of red blood cells is more than normal, and the functionality will not be met.
It may lead to conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, confusion in decision making and any neurological problems.
Now comes, how to identify and what are symptoms?
Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms
Vitamin B-12 Deficiency includes symptoms like:
- Sore, red tongue
- Mouth ulcers
- Changes or loss of some sense of touch
- Feeling less pain
- Walking problems
- Vision problems
- Mood changes, irritability, depression or psychosis
- Symptoms of dementia
- Extreme tiredness or fatigue
- Ringing in the ears
- Lack of appetite
Try to maintain required levels of Vitamin B-12 for your neural health and to maintain haemostasis.
Sufficient levels of Vitamin B-12 also have its role in maintaining cardiac health by lowering plaque formation in arteries. It has its role in boosting energy and endurance e in athletes, etc.
We shall know more about the latest researches in Vitamin B-12 Benefits in the next articles to come …keep getting updated.