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Effects of a Vitamin B12 Deficiency


We all want to live long productive lives free of ailments and disease; many even have aspirations of becoming an athlete on the amateur or professional level. Regardless of your life long goals we all know that having a balanced diet is important for normal body function and even more important for athletes who are required to be in peak physical condition in order to be successful in their chosen sport. One of the most critical vitamins your body needs is vitamin B12.

One of the critical functions of B12 is that it creates red blood cells, which of course carry oxygen throughout the body. When your body does not produce enough red blood cells you may be diagnosed with anemia. The result of anemia often leads to feeling lethargic and weak and unable to perform at maximal levels.

Other problems that can occur from a deficiency of B12 are neurological symptoms that can lead to some very dangerous long term health effects. B12 plays a critical role in protecting the nervous system and the absence of the vitamin causes a multitude of issues, Memory issues, depression, alertness problems all have been linked to a deficiency in vitamin B12.

In fact there are several current diseases that replicate many symptoms of people suffering from a B12 deficiency.

Some examples include:

  • Alzheimer’s, dementia, cognitive decline and memory loss
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Mental illness
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Learning or developmental disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Autoimmune disease and immune dysregulation
  • Cancer
  • Male and female infertility

As you can see there are several negative affects when it comes to b12 Deficiency yet there are very few reported cases of B12 “overdose”. It makes sense to protect your long term health as well as short term athletic performance to make sure to eat a healthy balanced diet, as well as considering a B12 supplement.