London, UK (PRWEB UK) 12 April 2013
According to WHO, iron deficiency is the only nutrient deficiency which is also significantly prevalent in industrialised countries, affecting 30% of the world’s population. Two billion people are anaemic, often due to iron deficiency, and in resource-poor areas, this is frequently exacerbated by infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, hookworm infestation, schistosomiasis, and others. WHO reports that iron deficiency can lead to ill-health, premature death and lost earnings.
WHO notes, “We not only know the causes [of iron deficiency and anaemia]; we also have solutions that are both inexpensive and effective. Because of their close links, iron deficiency and anaemia should be tackled simultaneously using a multifactorial and multisectorial approach. It should also be tailored to local conditions and take into account anaemia's specific aetiology and the population groups affected.”
WHO’s comprehensive package of public health measures, which addresses all aspects of iron deficiency and anaemia, advises an increase in iron intake and prevention and control of other nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin B12, folate and vitamin A. With this in mind, plus the study published recently in Open Biology, which has suggested that a TB bacterium causes the disease by scavenging vitamin B12 from its human host, Yourwellness Magazine took a closer look at vitamin B12, and how a deficiency in this vitamin can lead to such negative outcomes.
Yourwellness Magazine reports that, of all the B vitamins, vitamin B12 is one of the most vital to health, with doctors confirming that increasing numbers of people suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency. “People who are suffering from a deficiency of vitamin B12 are at an increased risk of having their wellbeing adversely affected by a condition called anaemia, which occurs when the body does not have enough iron stores to function properly.”
Yourwellness Magazine detailed the benefits of taking vitamin B12 supplements, or getting the vitamin from dietary sources such as meat, eggs, dairy products, soya products and green vegetables:
- Helps in the synthesis of DNA molecules.
- Helps red blood cells form and repair.
- Maintains the nervous system and prevents nerve damage.
- Prevents health problems such as blood clotting and chronic anaemia.
- Prevents symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency such as dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headache or white patches on the skin.
For more information, visit the gateway to living well at http://www.yourwellness.com.