Vitamin b-
You’ve probably had more than one health conscious person or educator tell you to “take your vitamins” at some point in your life.  While it might seem as though suffering through some type of vitamin deficiency isn’t even very possible in this day and age, the truth is that it’s actually quite problematic.  Blame it on whomever you wish – people eating and purchasing habits, food manufacturers, advertisers, politicians, etcetera.  The fact is that the average person could be suffering from a lack of critical nutrients and not even realize it.

This of course brings us to Vitamin B deficiency, which is a particularly nasty situation to get yourself into.   For instance, consider that Vitamin B assists with:

  • Blood formation
  • Proper digestion
  • Longevity
  • DNA synthesis
  • Myelin formation (critical for nervous system communication)
  • Generating energy
  • And more…

Likewise, according to various research organizations, many individuals in the US and around the world are indeed suffering from conditions which have risen as a result of not having enough Vitamin B in their bodies.  How does this happen?  As previously mentioned, it could just be the foods you are eating, however you must also consider that animal foods are the greatest source for these vitamins too, which means a pure vegan diet can actually be somewhat dangerous.  It is for this very reason that you should always compliment a “meatless” diet with the appropriate supplements.   Assuming you don’t know how to do this yourself, please consult with your physician or a dietician.

Signs of Vitamin B deficiency

The common signs of Vitamin B deficiency are not always easy to differentiate from other problems.  For instance, you might simply think you’re dealing with a bout of intense depression or some other mental malady when in fact it is your less than optimal Vitamin B levels which are causing you distress.  Here’s some of the common symptoms to look out for:

  • Loss of mental clarity
  • Memory problems
  • Intense mood swings
  • Sore tongue
  • Evacuation issues (constipation and/or diarrhea)
  • Bleeding gums
  • Easily bruised skin
  • Weakness in one’s muscles
  • “Pins and needles” or “tingling” in your limbs
  • Lightheadedness
  • Erratic pulse
  • Upset stomach
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A loss in overall motivation
  • Development of apathetic tendencies
  • Feelings of constant fatigue (or becoming easily fatigued)

Don’t assume that your Vitamin B deficiency is just a dietary issue though, because sometimes symptoms can arise as a result of any number of other diseases or conditions.   Some of the offenders include:

  • Atrophic gastritis – thinning of the stomach lining
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Surgery
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Bacterial growth
  • Parasite infection
  • Alcoholism or rampant drinking
  • Graves’ disease
  • Lupus
  • Immunological diseases in general
  • Use of acid-quelling substances (like those used to treat recurring heartburn, for instance)

As always, if you suspect that you might be Vitamin B deficient, immediately make changes to your diet and/or schedule a visit with your general practitioner ASAP.