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Vitamin B-12 is very important to your overall health, it helps maintain normal brain and nervous system functions. A B-12 deficiency can be caused by anemia, gastritis, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Lupus and other Auto-Immune Diseases. You get most of your B-12 in meats and dairy products. If you follow a vegan diet you may be B-12 deficient. Symptoms of a Vitamin B-12 deficiency are:

Memory Issues 

Afternoon Exhaustion and Fatigue 

Weakness, Tired Body, Muscle Fatigue 

Pale Skin 

Blurred-Spotty Vision 

Dizziness 

Pins and Needles, Numbness 

Anxiety and Depressive Mood- Swings 

If you have many of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor. You will receive blood tests to properly diagnose a deficiency and receive proper vitamin dosage. If you go with this deficiency for too long you can develop nerve damage so getting your mind and body in check is important.

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