Can't get Enough of Vitamin B?
Vitamin B is actually a group of several vitamins
(B1, B2, B6, B12, pantothenic acid, niacin and folic
acid) that can be found in a variety of foods. These
include milk, green leafy vegetables and innards
(chicken liver – yummy!). Surprisingly, despite the
abundance of B vitamins in common foodstuffs,
millions of people suffer from vitamin B deficiency.
Symptoms of nerve damage, such as tingling, prickly
pain and numbness, are just some of the symptoms of
vitamin B deficiency. The rest are less obvious and
develop gradually; heart palpitations, indigestion,
chronic fatigue and exhaustion, paranoia and a sense
of dread, nervousness, irritability or an inability
to concentrate, and poor sleep. It can also cause
There are a number of things you can do to prevent
and overcome vitamin B complex deficiency;
• Substitute processed foods with less processed ones. For example, switch to brown
sugar. White sugar has its B vitamins practically
• Reduce your intake of coffee and other caffeinated
drinks. Caffeine makes you urinate more-washing away
precious B vitamins.
• Eat more vitamin B-containing foods. This one is
plain. Oats, barley, avocado, salmon and Brazil nuts
are tasty choices.
• Avoid toxins in your life. As a general rule,
day-to-day stresses, especially pollution, depletes
vitamins. Alcohol is particularly notorious.
• Keep an eye on possible symptoms. The symptoms may
be Subtle and develop gradually. They can easily be
missed, but may be corrected by simply correcting
the deficiency-either via an improved diet of
MORE THAN JUST "PINS AND NEEDLES"
Most of the time, peripheral neuropathy is caused by
another underlying medical condition. Diabetes, HIV
infection, anticancer drugs, injury, back problems,
vitamin B deficiency and other vitamin deficiencies
can damage nerve, Diabetes alone causes a third of
all cases of peripheral neuropathy.
Sometimes, numbness and tingling can also be the
ONLY symptom, particularly in some rare or serious
diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (where the
brain slowly degenerates), stroke, seizures, panic
attack or fibromyalgia (a recurring type of body
pain). Hence, neuropathy is actually a signal for
doctors to look for another condition.
Prompt medical diagnosis is foremost. In a lot of
cases, patients complain about pain but they're
ignored when there's no obvious cause for pain. When
nothing is found, they're labeled as hysterical and
depressed and treated for depression. And they still
have the pain. Fortunately, some antidepressants
have been found effective against more serious types
Unprocessed foods are generally richer in vitamin B
Preventing the usual kind of "sleeping leg" syndrome
is quite simple: don't sit on your legs, and keep
moving. Keeping your legs active will also prevent
you from getting ugly varicose veins.
Another way to prevent "pins and needles" is to take
steps to avoid its causes. These include:
• Eating well. This ensures that you never suffer
from vitamin deficiencies, especially the most
common ones that cause neuropathy, the B vitamins.
Foods rich in B vitamins include eggs, dairy, meat
and green leafy vegetables. Unprocessed foods are
generally richer in vitamin B.
• Avoid drinking too much. Excessive use of alcohol
can affect the nervous system in a multitude of
ways. To mention a few: It depletes the body of
vitamin; it is toxic to nerves; and it impairs
balance, making you at risk of injury.
• Avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals.
include pesticides, fertilizers and cleaning
products. Many of these are toxic to nerves.
• Controlling your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
This includes regular testing of blood sugar,
diligent taking of your prescribed anti-diabetes
medication, and proper diet and exercise.
Many of the B vitamins may help relieve some
symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. When severe
vitamin B deficiency is present, some of these
vitamins can be given as shots.