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Do low levels of Vitamin B12 Increase the Risk of Heart Disease?

Heart Health By Arushi Bidhuri , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Sep 11, 2019
Do low levels of Vitamin B12 Increase the Risk of Heart Disease?

Do you know that vitamin deficiencies can be a reason of heart diseases across all age groups? Here's all that you need to know

Do you get enough vitamin B12? If not, you might want to start now in order to stay healthy. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Chile stated that vitamin D deficiency can lead to the development of cardiovascular diseases. 

Heart diseases are the number one cause of mortality worldwide. Scientists have been trying to pinpoint as many risk factors as possible through research every year. They have exposed yet another risk factor major culprit in the development of heart disease. Low levels of vitamin B12 can increase your risk of getting a heart disease. 

Our body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells and keep the body’s nerve healthy. It also prevents anaemia which can make people feel tired and weak. So, it is extremely important to maintain vitamin B12 levels to keep heart diseases at bay. 

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Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency 

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency appear slowly, so it is highly likely that you might miss these symptoms. Also, the symptoms of vitamin B12 are similar to various other diseases which is why you might even overlook these with something else. The symptoms include: 

  • Anaemia 
  • Swollen tongue 
  • Difficulty in walking 
  • Numbness in the hands, feet or legs 
  • Cognitive difficulties such as memory loss 
  • Weakness 
  • Lethargy or fatigue 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Pain in the chest 
  • Frequent mood swings 
  • Weak muscles 
  • Involuntary weight loss 
  • Yellow or pale skin

If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible to avoid it from getting worse and developing in a more severe health condition. 

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Foods for Vitamin B12 

Add these things in your diet to maintain sufficient levels of vitamin B12 in your body. 

Sardines 

Sardines are a type of fish which are extremely nutritious with almost every nutrient out there. It is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which will help reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of developing heart disease. 

Dairy Products 

Dairy products and milk are great sources of protein and several other minerals and vitamins, including vitamin B12. You can add yogurt, milk and cheese to your diet to see the results. 

Eggs 

Eggs are another amazing source of complete protein and vitamin B12. According to research, egg yolks contain a higher level of vitamin B1 than egg whites. They are also a good source of vitamin D. 

Breakfast Cereal 

Breakfast cereal is recommended as a very healthy option but it can be a good source of vitamin B12 and some other nutrients such as fiber, vitamin A and C, zinc, magnesium and iron. 

Meat and Poultry 

Meat and poultry are two of the best sources of vitamin B-12, protein and other vitamins. Some of the best options to consider include pork, tuna, crab, oyster, turkey, chicken and tuna. 

If you are a strict vegetarian, you should eat bread, cereals or grains fortified with vitamin B12. You can also take vitamin B12 supplements to fulfil the body’s average need. But keep in mind to consult a professional doctor before you incorporate anything in your diet.

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