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How is Anemia related to Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Did you know that lack of Vitamin B-12 affects almost 80% of Indians? The primary reason behind this is because of vitamin B12 deficient diets, which provide insufficient amounts of this essential nutrient required by the body. Vitamin B12 is essential for everyday functioning of the body and its deficiency can cause a plethora of debilitating ailments that can severely affect quality of life.

Besides dietary factors, Vitamin B12 deficiency may occur due to other underlying conditions that inhibit efficient Vitamin B12 absorption in the body. Conditions like thinning of the stomach lining, acidity, bacterial growth in the small intestine, immune function disorders can cause poor absorption of Vitamin B12. Studies show that excessive alcohol consumption and certain medications also severely interfere with Vitamin B-12 absorption.

Vitamin B-12 deficiency and Anemia

Anemia is a condition of having below-normal number of red blood cells or quantity of hemoglobin. Common symptoms in a person suffering from anemia include feeling constant tiredness, cold, dizziness, palpitation, muscle twitching and shortness of breath. A diet, which does not contain enough iron, folic acid or vitamin B12, is a common cause of anemia.

Vitamin B12 deficiency causes megaloblastic anemia (pernicious anemia) wherein red blood cells do not develop normally. The bone marrow present in some bones in our body is where the production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells takes place. Vitamin B 12 aids this production and ensures optimum health of the red blood cells.
A lack of this essential nutrient causes production of abnormally large red blood cells or decrease in production, which leads to anemic symptoms that affect a person’s day-to-day functions.

1. Paleness or lack of color of the skin: Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia makes the skin look pale due to the lack of fully-matured, healthy red blood cells in the body. In severe cases it can cause a condition called jaundice, which makes your skin and the whites of your eyes develop a yellowish hue. A high level of bilirubin, a waste product created when your body breaks down red blood cells, causes this color.

2. Poor appetite & lack of energy or fatigue: Vitamin B 12 is needed for the body’s cells to function properly. Inadequate B12 levels can decrease normal red blood cell production, which can impair oxygen delivery. When your body doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to tissues, you’ll likely feel weak and tired.

3. Numbness or tingling in hands and feet: Vitamin B-12 deficiency may cause low production of myelin, which coats our nerves. Without this coating, nerves can become damaged. Problems are more common in the nerves in the hands and feet, which are called peripheral nerves. Peripheral nerve damage may lead to tingling in these parts of the body.

4. Pain and swelling in tongue: A physiological indicator of Vitamin B12 deficiency induced anemia is a smooth and tender tongue. This inflammatory condition is called Glossitis and it is a common symptom in people suffering from B12 deficiency anemia .

Preventing Anemia with Vitamin B12 supplementation

Research proves that vitamin B12 supplements can effectively abate and prevent anemia and restore healthy red blood cell production. If you are grappling with any of the symptoms mentioned above then you must consult a doctor and check yourself for B12 deficiency anemia at the earliest.

Wellbeing Nutrition’s melts®️ B12 folate supplements are formulated with a bioactive form of B12, ,Methylcobalamin , which has the highest potency at 99% purity. It also contains bioactive folate that plays a key role in red blood cells formation and aids healthy cell growth preventing anemia.

Vitamin B12 melts is for everyone who has a B12 deficiency. In addition to that, it can also help people who have anemia-induced conditions like acidity, low iron levels, liver problems, fatigue and anxiety. Vegetarians and menstruating women can also benefit from this supplement.

It provides essential nutrients to keep the body's nerves and blood cells healthy. Vitamin B12 also helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells, while preventing megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak.

Final Take away

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that supports everyday life and vigour. Its deficiency impacts every age group adversely leading to serious physical and neurological manifestations. High quality clinically-tested and plant-based, vegan B12 melts by Wellbeing Nutrition (WBN) counter the effects brought on by B12 deficiencies in your body. It supports production of healthy red blood cells and prevents anemia.

The rapid-dissolving oral strips convert key plant-based extracts into nanoparticles. These strips 'melt' upon coming in contact with your tongue to ensure easy and complete absorption of all the goodness and nutrients in an extremely enjoyable and fun manner providing 100% RDA of Vitamin B12.

Now say goodbye to grumpy days with daily intake of this revolutionary supplement that reduces fatigue and keeps lethargy at bay!

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