Vitamin B12 vs Multiple Sclerosis

Numbness in arms or legs, balance problems and lack of co-ordination – all these conditions can be a sign of multiple sclerosis (MS) which can strike adults aged between 20 and 40 years although symptoms can appear at any age. No two cases of MS present in the same way: some symptoms come and go and others stay. It is a very unpredictable disease.

If you have these conditions and a question concerning diet and supplements that may have direct effects on MS. There is no consent among experts regarding the cure to MS yet, but it turns out that people with MS are at higher risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. Low levels of vitamin B12 can mimic and exacerbate many MS symptoms, including fatigue, depression and memory loss.


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Are You At Risk For Vitamin B-12 Deficiency?

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…)

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