The human body required very small amount of vitamin B 12 or what doctors call “cobalamin”. Also, since this vitamin B 12 is required in small quantity most of the individuals out there get sufficient quantity through normal meals. Though, it can be very rare to have the vitamin B 12 deficiency symptoms; it can be very useful for you to know about them and being able to recognize them.

This is because it is always useful to be aware of diseases especially the ones which are very rare. The person or individual is most vulnerable or susceptible to vitamin B 12 deficiency symptoms if he is a vegan and does not use the normal dietary supplements that contain vitamin B 12.

This disease or vitamin B 12 deficiency can also be transferred from a vegan mother to her child. The probability of this can be high for infants who are still on breast feeding. Doctors treat or consider vitamin B 12 supplements as normal and regard them as very safe as there are very little known side effects from over dose of such supplements.

One of the major or primary vitamin B 12 deficiency symptoms is a kind of anemia that results in you feeling weak, lethargic and tired. Some of the other vitamin B12 symptoms include the feeling of having nausea, constipation and constant flatulent (stomach gas). In some of the cases you may also have a reduced appetite and thereby have some weight loss.

There can be more severe vitamin B 12 deficiency symptoms. Some of these are as follows:

  • Insomnia
  • Ringing in the person’s ears or tinnitus
  • Neurological damage
  • Palpitations
  • Decrease or loss of memory
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Inflammation on the tongue
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Eye problems
  • Enlargement of liver
  • Dizziness
  • Problems related to digestion of food
  • Depression
  • Lack of balance
  • Tingling in the feet or hands (also known as numbness).

Vitamin B 12 is primarily found in animal products such as dairy, meat, fish, eggs and animal organs. You will rarely find vitamin B12 in vegetables. This is one of the major reasons that why so many vegetarians especially the one who do not eat dairy products suffer from this vitamin B 12 deficiency.

If you are one of the vegetarians out there than you should probably think about taking vitamin B 12 supplements. It is also very necessary for the people to understand or know that the function that vitamin B 12 performs depends largely on the availability of other necessary vitamins in the body.

Therefore it is very necessary for people to consider having a balanced diet to avoid any kind of deficiency especially vitamin B 12. So, in the end I would just like to emphasize that do not ignore such deficiencies related to vitamin because it can result in loss of health.

People need to understand the importance of various vitamins in their body and their function. It is this understanding or knowledge that will make people more responsible and will ensure that they have proper diet.