Warning: Most Common And Dangerous Deficits In Vegan Diets.
In Vegan population, vitamin B12 deficiency coexists with suboptimal levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies indicate a need for supplementation of vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids to reduce the risk of several Health Problems.
Vitamin B12 is important for the brain functioning and the synthesis of red blood cells. A vitamin B12 deficiency may cause:
- Cognitive Impairment.
- Psychosis(Depressed mood, hallucinations, seizures, and hypertension).
- Melancholic Depression.
- Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Cardiovascular Disease.(Without B12 the body cannot convert homocysteine).
- Anemia.(This disorder hinders the body from producing red blood cells and can develop into fever.)
If you have vitamin B12 deficiency, you could become anemic. A mild deficiency may cause no symptoms. But if untreated, it may lead to symptoms such as:
- Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness
- Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
- Pale skin
- A smooth tongue
- Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or gas
- Nerve problems like numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking
- Vision loss
- Mental problems like depression, memory loss, or behavioral changes
Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega-3 deficiency refers to low or insufficient levels of important long-chain fatty acids, as these are required to regulate cardiovascular, immune and inflammatory pathways.it is a common underlying factor for two deadly diseases: cancer and heart disease.
The signs to look out that indicate you might be lacking in omega-3: