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Vitamins B12 deficiency and infections. What are the symptons of this deficiency?

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Vitamins B12 deficiency What are te symptons of this deficiency? Besides getting injections, can I do anything against it by changing my diet?
Posted Sun, 17 Jun 2012 in General Health
Answered by Grace Abraham 19 hours later

Thanks for posting the query.

The major symptoms associated with vitamin B12 are fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, sore, beefy red, swollen tongue, digestive disorders, heart and nervous system disturbances such as numbness and tingling of the arms or legs, depression, mental confusion, and memory deficits.

Vitamin B12 is often deficient in vegans (strict vegetarians) because the predominant source of Vitamin B12 is animal products. It is also prevalent among the elderly population. Deficiencies have been associated with some forms of dementia.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is treatable. With prompt diagnosis and treatment, you can expect to have a good prognosis and a minimal risk of developing serious complications, such as nerve damage, anemia, or dementia.

Apart from the injections, you can go in for oral vitamin B12 replacement therapy. You may also go for a nasal spray, or in a sublingual form that is absorbed under the tongue.

A healthy diet that supplies a wide variety of nutrients is always a boost to your overall well-being. Make sure you eat a diet that is XXXXXXX in vitamin B12, which includes: (a) Meat, liver, eggs, shrimps, and dairy products are valuable sources of Vitamin B12. If you are in good health, you can get the 2 micrograms of vitamin B12 that your body needs by just eating some eggs.

(b) Liver, clams, meats, fish, and dairy products.

(c)Many sea vegetables such as spirulina dulse, kelp, kombu, and nori contain vitamin B12 analogues, which appear similar to vitamin B12.

However, because of the alarming number of people who cannot easily absorb vitamin B12 into their systems, many vegetarian foods fortified with vitamin B12 such as Nutri-Grain products, nutritional yeast and soy products are available. Other source of vitamin B12 is fortified soymilk.

Hope I answered your query.

Grace Abraham

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