Symptoms Of Vitamin B Deficiency

Have you ever wondered why the doctors always advise you to have a balanced diet? This is because the building blocks in your body do not come from one source only; it comes from a variety of sources that you eat daily.

So eating a balanced diet ensures that your body gets all the essential nutrients. Among all other nutrients, Vitamin B plays a very important role in maintaining the cell growth and boosting up your stamina.

Vitamin B is of several types e.g. Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B9 and most importantly Vitamin B12.  All these different types of the Vitamin B’s come from different food sources and the deficiency of each is shown in different ways.

Here in this article, we shall talk about the symptoms of different types of Vitamin’s deficiency.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B1

Also known as Thiamine, this Vitamin is responsible for the conversion of food into energy. It also has neurological benefits. Mainly found in cereals and whole grains that you have in the morning in your breakfast.

Though the deficiency of this Vitamin does not show symptoms in normal people but if you are alcoholic, then a deficiency of this Vitamin will generate chinks along the surface of your mouth.

Vitamin B2

Commonly known as riboflavin, this Vitamin aids in maintaining proper eyesight.  Found in green vegetables, milk, eggs and whole grains, the deficiency of this Vitamin also does not show any such  serious symptoms.

Eyes Health

Vitamin B6

This vitamin fights infections and keeps our immune system working perfectly. Commonly called Pyridoxine, this Vitamin is very important for breastfeeding and pregnant women.

It also helps in the development of the brain of the fetus. Vitamin B6 is found in poultry, fish, and non-citrus fruits and also in potatoes. The deficiency of this Vitamin can make your skin crack and more prone to rashes.

It also causes depression and confusion along with making your body more susceptible to germs and infections.

immune defense

Vitamin B9

This is also known as Folic acid. It is responsible for the growth and development of the red blood cells (RBC) in the body. It also reduces the chances of birth defects. It is found in a variety of foods starting from grains to meats to all kinds of citrus fruits.

The deficiency of this Vitamin may lead to anemia and diarrhea.


Now let us discuss the most important of the Vitamins i.e. Vitamin 12.

Vitamin 12

Vitamin B12 is normally found in dairy products and in meat. So if you are a vegetarian, you must take Vitamin B12 supplements but make sure you do that under the advice of a doctor.

Vitamin B12 regulates the most important of our body systems that are the nervous system. It is also responsible for the growth and formation of the red blood cells in the blood.

The deficiency in Vitamin B12 can cause serious mental disorders like depression, dementia, paranoia, confusion and other serious behavioral issues. Sometimes these problems become so much critical that they cannot be reversed.

As this Vitamin is directly related to the formation of the red blood cells in the blood, Vitamin B12 deficiency may cause megaloblastic anemia. Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms sometimes include tingling in the feet and hands.

Some of the Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms are listed below. If you find any of these bothering you, you must immediately consult your doctor and start the required medication as soon as possible. It is mandatory to live a healthy life.

If you have Vitamin B12 deficiency then your red blood cells count goes on decreasing or the hemoglobin level in each red blood cell becomes abnormally low. This results in anemia, which may have the following symptoms.

Symptoms Of Anemia 

  • Extreme fatigue and tiredness almost all the time of the day
  • Breathlessness
  • Frequent headaches
  • Lack of energy to do anything
  • Feeling faint
  • Yellowish tinge to your skin and under your eyes
  • Loss of your appetite which results in the drastic weight loss
  • Noticeable palpitations etc

Symptoms of Anemia

Vitamin B12 deficiency also has the following symptoms apart from the above few:

  • A sore tongue with a red and beefy appearance
  • Diarrhea

The deficiency of Vitamin B12 also can cause serious nervous issues that sometimes become irreversible. The symptoms are:

  • A tingling sensation in the feet and hands
  • Weakness in muscles
  • Irritability
  • Loss of memory
  • Psychosis
  • Difficulty while you are walking
  • Disturbed vision
  • Mouth Ulcers

Always consult your Physician for the perfect Vitamin B12 supplement in your diet. It will help you boost up your stamina, and you will feel a lot more energetic than usual.

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