“Because the body can store B12 for three to five years, early symptoms of a deficiency usually appear gradually, so you’re unlikely to notice them,” says Middleberg. After initial clues like fatigue, weakness, and brain fog set in, says Middleberg, more advanced tip-offs show up, such as numbness and tingling of the limbs, depression, and paranoia, even hallucinations. The signs are so varied and they don’t strike everyone, so it’s tough to diagnose even at a later stage. “Which symptoms hit when depends also on what caused the deficiency—malabsorption, which could mean they are absorbing some B12 and the deficiency is occurring more slowly, or total lack of animal products, which would likely cause the deficiency to develop more quickly,” says Middleberg.
Healthy Eating Marissa LaliberteSep 18 You don’t have to resort to a sad bowl of bran cereal to start your day off right. Whip up a green smoothie iStock/Nadianb Start your day right by packing in tons of nutrient-rich produce into a simple smoothie. Load your blender with a half-cup each of yogurt and low-fat […]
You’ll never need to cream cold butter again. Just use this quick trick to soften butter! We love butter. Like, we really love butter. And it loves us back. If butter could talk, here’s what it would tell us. Of course, the best thing to do with butter is bake. And if you’re a regular […]
You can make this simple soda cake—or cupcakes!—with a box of cake mix and a can of soda. Can you really make a cake using a box of cake mix and a can of soda? I admit I was a bit skeptical when I heard about soda cake. But, I tested this recipe, and it’s […]