B vitamins are a class of water-soluble compounds that play important roles in health and wellness. Folate or vitamin B9 is essential for fetal development during pregnancy. B12 plays a role in nerve cell function, red blood cell production and keeping your DNA free from damage.
Vitamin DVitamin D is often known as the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, since sunlight is essential for producing vitamin D in the skin. It is required for the proper mineralization of bone and helps maintain healthy, and radiant skin. Vitamin D also promotes calcium absorption in the gut and is essential for maintaining adequate levels of calcium and phosphate.
Vitamin B deficiencies can occur if the body is unable to absorb or use B vitamins properly. Risk factors associated with B vitamin deficiency includes:
- Digestive disorders (e.g. Celiac disease)
- Age (more prevalent in the elderly)
- Medication that may interfere with the breakdown and use of vitamins
Risk factors associated with vitamin D deficiency includes:
- Lack of sun exposure
- Age (more common in older adults)
- Darker complexion
- Difficulty absorbing fats from the diet (Celiac disease or Chron’s disease
Symptoms of vitamin B deficiency
- Muscle weakness
- Weight loss
- Poor memory
- Balance issues
Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency includes
- Muscle aches and weakness
- Muscle twitching
- Tooth loss
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