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Is Deficiency of Vitamin B serious for an individual?

Is Deficiency of Vitamin B serious for an individual?

Vitamin B is a general word used to describe a class of water soluble vitamins. This vitamin is classified into 8 different forms namely Vitamin B1(thiamin), Vitamin B2(riboflavin), vitamin B3(Niacin), Vitamin B5(pantothenic acid), vitamin B6(Pyridoxine), vitamin B7(biotin), vitamin B9(folate and folic acid), and vitamin B12. All these nutrients combined together are called vitamin B complex.

Necessary Vitamin B dose

A specific amount of vitamin B required for our body is based on your age, medical condition, and type of vitamin B we consume. A beneficial amount of vitamin B with their types are classified as:

1. For MEN

  • B1 of 1.2 mg
  • B2 of 1.3 mg
  • B3  of 16 mg
  • B5 of 5 mg
  • B6 of 1.3 mg
  • B7 of 30 mcg
  • B9 of 400 mcg
  • B-12 of 2.4 mcg

2. For WOMEN

  • B1 of 1.1 milligrams
  • B2 of 1.1 mg
  • B3 of 14 mg
  • B5 of 5 mg
  • B6 of 1.3 mg
  • B7 of 30 micrograms (mcg)
  • B9 of 400 mcg
  • B-12 of 2.4 mcg

Deficiency of vitamin B

Deficiency of vitamin B is a term used to describe the level of vitamin B in an individual body which could lead to a number of harmful side effects inside the body such as disruption in circulatory and nervous system. Symptoms of vitamin B complex deficiency include tiredness or fatigue, constipation, weight loss, balance problems, poor memory, loss of appetite, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, confusion, soreness of the mouth or tongue, Anemia, etc.

Who is at risk?

Due to a number of medical diseases or conditions, people are more likely to get deficiency of vitamin B. Such diseases and conditions include

  • being elderly,
  • HIV,
  • strict vegans,
  • autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes,
  • Crohn’s disease,
  • interaction with several medications,
  • family history of such conditions.

A person must consult a doctor to determine such a condition that causes deficiency and counter therapy consisting of diet and supplements must be used.


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