Vitamin B Deficiency Can Cause Mental Problems

Vitamin B deficiency can cause several health problems. In this article we are going to discuss the possible mental problems caused due to Vitamin B deficiency.

B vitamin is mainly divided in eight types of vitamins some of them will be discussed below.

Deficiency of Vitamin B1:

This vitamin, also known as thiamine, is very essential for the proper functioning of nerves. This vitamin stimulates metabolism of carbohydrates, converts glucose into fuel hence your brain gets energy from it.

Deficiency of B1 vitamin leads to mood and memory problems. You feel dull and deprived of energy. You don’t feel like doing any mental work and you lose concentration. Its deficiency also gives you the feeling of restlessness which eventually causes sleep disorders.

Anxiety is another problem caused due to Vitamin B1 deficiency. However, the major mental problem caused due to B1 vitamin deficiency is depression which sometimes gives you negative thoughts such as suicidal thoughts and feeling of worthlessness.

Deficiency of Vitamin B2:

Its deficiency also causes depression and affects your personality a lot.

Deficiency of Vitamin B3:

This vitamin is also known as Niacin and its deficiency develops depression, anxiety and even dementia. Dementia is a condition in which you suffer from short term or long term memory loss. Deficiency of Vitamin B3 also deprives your intelligence and you become mentally slow and agitated.

Deficiency of Vitamin B5:

This vitamin is also known as pantothenic acid. Its deficiency leads to depression and fatigue. One of the most common mental problems associated with the deficiency of Vitamin B5 is chronic stress. You can also develop allergies due to Vitamin B5 deficiency.

Deficiency of Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine):

Deficiency of this vitamin leads to less production of some important hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and melatonin. Serotonin is must for good mood and to prevent depression.

Deficiency of Vitamin B12:

Its deficiency causes mood swings, mental fatigue, poor memory, confusion, poor concentration, dementia, severe depression, paranoia, hallucinations etc.

Deficiency of Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid):

Its deficiency occurs rarely but when it occurs, several severe health problems arise. There are 2 forms of Vitamin B9 such as folate and folic acid; folate occurs naturally whereas folic acid is man-made. Vitamin B9 is very important vitamin for pregnant women for the development of the fetus brain.

Its deficiency can lead to neural tube defects. In most cases deficiency of Vitamin B9 can cause serious diseases such as strokes, different types of cancers, cardiovascular diseases etc. Fruits such as oranges, banana and vegetables such as spinach, tomatoes and other green leafy vegetables are good sources of Vitamin B9.

Deficiency of B vitamins not only causes mental problems but sexual, abdominal as well as heart problems also. Shortness of breath, heart palpitations are some heart problems whereas loss of appetite and diarrhea are some abdominal disorders associated with Vitamin B deficiency. Erectile dysfunction, loss of sex drive, low sperm count, impotence etc are some sexual disorders associated with Vitamin B deficiency.

Eat foods rich in B vitamins such as oatmeal, milk, flaxseeds, chicken, eggs, potatoes, sunflower seeds, cauliflower, meat, beef, brown rice etc so that you don’t become the victim of these diseases.

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