Despite maintaining a diet rich in meat- and dairy products, one in four adults suffers a vitamin B12 deficiency, according to experts. Vitamin B12 is the only water-soluble vitamin that can be stored in the liver for many years. This is a result of the fact that it is such an important nutrient the body ensures it has some amount stored at all times.
Vitamin B12 is crucial for the functioning of the nervous, digestion, vascular and reproduction systems. It regulates hormone production, supports a healthy immune system and synthesises red blood cells and DNA. Furthermore, it is important for the protein metabolism and the conversion of carbohydrates into glucos.
A vitamin B12 deficiency concerns the lowered levels of this vitamin in the blood. It manifests itself through many signs and symptoms, some of which concern psychological and emotional health. The most common symptom cause is decreased intake, the use of certain medication, genetics, malnutrition, poor absorption in the stomach or intestines, chronic gastritis, intestinal parasites and more. We state the 5 most common warning signals of vitamin B12 deficiency on the next page.