Warning Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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Warning Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

The importance of vitamin b12 cannot be overlooked. Often associated with red blood cells and nerves, Vitamin B12 deficiency actually does more harm. Vitamin B12 deficiency is linked with many health conditions, beyond its association with blood. Let us have a brief outlook on warning signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.

The warning signs and symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency classified based on physical disturbances and emotional turmoil.

Physical warning signs and symptoms of Vitamin b12 deficiency


If you are anemic, be wary that your body lacks vitamin b12. Anemia is a major warning sign, rather one of the symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 produces healthy red blood cells. Your body suffers from shortage of red blood cells, when you lack vitamin B12. In case of women, anemia affects the menstrual cycle too!

Vitamin b12 deficiency may even result with pernicious anemia, a serious condition that may damage your heart and cause strokes. It prohibits the body from absorbing B12 vitamins from the foods.

Pale-Yellowish-Tinge-to-Your-SkinPale Yellowish Tinge to Your Skin

Lack of blood causes two warming symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency, anemia and change in skin color. The skin and face turns pale. In some extreme cases the skin tone turns in mild yellowish color. A clear sign of vitamin b12 deficiency indicates the pale tongue, white dry eyes with and yellowish skin.



Fatigue and tiredness means nothing if you worked hard! Still, it makes a lot of difference when you feel extremely fatigued even during your leisure. You may feel extremely tired and exhausted in spite of having good sleep, taking energetic foods, etc.


Numbness-in-Hands-and-LegsNumbness in Hands and Legs

Lack of healthy blood cells accompanies poor blood circulation. It leads to sudden numbness in hands and legs. You may experience the numbness anytime, when you work or when you chat or even when you sit idle. The numbness lasts for a few minutes. A few may experience numbness during their sleep and were unable to move the legs or hands. If the frequency or duration of numbness increases, it’s a clear warning symptom; you are deficient of vitamin b12!

Odd-Sensations-in-the-BodyOdd Sensations in the Body

Similar to the sudden numbness, you may feel some odd sensations in your body. Pinched nerve, stabbing pain in the shoulder or arms, tingling on arms or legs, sudden chills, excessive sweating, etc are warning symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency.



A major warning sign of vitamin b12 deficiency often considered otherwise is panting. It is nothing but shortness of breath.




Palpitations, rapid and irregular heart rhythm are linked with deficient of vitamin b12. Heavy heart beat or heart beating in disagreeable sensation appears often. Especially, when you wake up suddenly, you may feel the heart palpitations.

Red,-Sore-and-Swollen-TongueRed, Sore and Swollen Tongue

Tongue is a major indicator of health. It is a warning sign if your tongue is swollen and appears red. Besides, soreness



Memory-LossMemory Loss

Memory loss is one of the debilitating health concerns with respect of vitamin b12 deficiency. Memory loss isn’t something extreme. Losing the car keys, not able to recall where you kept your wallet, forgetting the work schedule, unable to recollect what you read a moment ago, etc reflects vitamin b12 deficiency.

Other common warning symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency includes,

  • Loss of balance
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Muscle weakness
  • Inability to sleep
  • Random pain for unknown reasons
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness

Psychological and Emotional warning signs and symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency.

Warning symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency closely related to emotional trauma and psychological effects. Common signs include,

  • Excessive stress
  • Irritability
  • Altered concentration
  • Depression
  • Confused state of mind

Vitamin b12 deficiency is caused due to insufficient intake of Vitamins in the diet. It is a common deficiency in those who follow vegan diet. By changing diet, getting appropriate medications and drugs, you can get enough dose of vitamin b12.

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    Doctor A.P.S. Esawaradhas

    Dr. A.P.S. Esawaradhas, is an Expert in Traditional Medicines. He is the founder of Nanjil Vaithiyasalai. He has holds B.Sc., B.Lib.Sc., D.S.M., and E.H.S.M.P. grades. He was fascinated by medicine as he witnessed his grand-parents apply herbal remedies to heal & support the local people. Those early experiences drove him to pursue this career specializing in treating diseases with the help of inscriptions in the palm leaves. Over the last decades, he has conducted various studies on different diseases and developed new systems for treating the diseases. Today, he has involved his descendants also to the healing service of mankind in the natural way.read more

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