3 Signs of a Vitamin B Deficiency - 2nd Week

By Genevieve Cunningham

Our bodies all require a particular balance of healthy nutrients. This is why we get the advice to eat a well balanced diet and take a multivitamin. Without one nutrient or another, chaos begins to ensue in both our bodies and minds. Each vitamin plays a specific role in your body’s function, and so each deficiency may present itself differently. Take a look at these three signs that may be present with a Vitamin B deficiency.

Tingling or Numbness in the Feet or Hands

If you feel  tingling sensation in either of these extremities, it could be indicative of a B12 deficiency. This vitamin helps to regulate your nervous system and also assists in the development of blood cells. Along with a tingling feeling, a B12 deficiency may also manifest with paranoia, irritability, or extreme fatigue. If you suspect a problem with your B12 levels, it’s imperative that you seek the advice of a doctor; an ongoing deficiency can lead to significant problems, and even death.

Cracks Around the Corners of the Mouth

This is a strange symptom and can often be explained away if the weather is exceptionally cold or dry. If you begin to get cracks at the sides of your mouth without cause, it might be a sign that your B6 levels are too low. This vitamin helps you convert food and drink to energy, and it also helps the body fight off infection and illness. Because of its role in boosting your immunities, a deficiency may also bring about a susceptibility to infections, skin rashes, and anemia.

Digestive Problems

A lack of Vitamin B3 can cause you to have abdominal cramps and persistent nausea. This vitamin is crucial for healthy digestion and also helps to keep your appetite healthy, so it’s no wonder that a deficiency in this nutrient brings about digestive problems. Because healthy digestion is crucial to release toxins and waste from the body, a very severe deficiency may cause the toxins to build up and cause you to suffer from a lack of mental clarity.

You don’t necessarily hear a lot about Vitamin B, or at least not as much as its cousins Vitamin C and Vitamin D, but it’s absolutely essential for a healthy and efficient body. If you suspect a problem with this vitamin, seek the advice of your doctor. While a good B-Complex vitamin may be enough to get you back on track, a doctor can give you the professional advice and care you need to stay healthy and protect your body long-term.

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