NUTRITION CORNER: Not enough vitamins equals Vitamin Deficiency Anemia

Many people are suffering from Vitamin deficiency anemia because their diet does not contain enough vitamins that their body needs to produce healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen from the lungs to the different parts of the body.

Health authorities say vitamin deficiencies usually develop slowly from over several months to several years and increase if we do not give this problem immediate concern.

Folate, vitamin B-12 and vitamin C are linked to vitamin deficiency anemia.

Health journals say folate, or vitamin B-9, is a nutrient found in fruits and leafy green vegetables. Foods that are rich source of folate include okra, broccoli, lima beans, spinach, corn, asparagus, green peas, cabbage, baked potatoes, peanuts, oranges, avocados, bananas, and other fruits and vegetables.

A healthy body needs vitamin B-12 as it supports normal growth and development and converts carbohydrates, fats and protein to energy. Vitamin B-12 supports red blood cell structure, maintains nerve cells, and it helps with the production of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA)–the genetic material of cells. Vitamin B-12 is found mainly in animal products such as liver, kidneys, tuna, beef, egg, milk and yogurt.

Vitamin C protects our body from infection and maintain healthy bones and teeth. It is a powerful antioxidant that protects our bodies from free radicals as a result of metabolism. Vitamin C has been shown to lower blood pressure and ensures proper dilation of blood vessels, which can prevent diseases such as atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and congestive heart failure.

Studies showed that if the body has trouble absorbing or processing folate, vitamin B-12 and Vitamin C, it can lead to a deficiency.

Pregnant and breast-feeding women also need a large amount of folate and failure to meet this can result in a deficiency. Folate is very important to women of childbearing age and at the beginning of pregnancy so she can have a healthy child. Health studies revealed that low folate levels result in premature babies and birth defects. Inadequate folate intake are also associated with defects in the brain and spinal cord. Infants and children need adequate levels of folate to grow properly.

If a person is suffering from vitamin deficiency anemia, he feels fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, pale or yellowish skin, swollen tongue that may appear dark red, weight loss, diarrhea, numbness or tingling of his hands and feet, muscle weakness, irritability, unsteady movements, and mental confusion or forgetfulness. With these symptoms, he can not function normally in his daily life.

Vitamin deficiency anemia can be prevented if we eat enough vegetables and fruits.#