Vitamin B12 is found in animal-derived foods such as meat, eggs and milk. This essential vitamin keeps nerves and red blood cells healthy. Deficiency can lead to nerve damage, anemia, tiredness, depression and numbness in the hands and feet. As we get older, we lose some of our ability to absorb B12 from food. It was observed that one in 200 elderly people lack the gastric secretions necessary to absorb B12 altogether. In addition, people with diabetes have a heightened risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.
Causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency:
For the body to get enough vitamin B-12, three physiological processes should be undertaken – (more…)