(ORDO NEWS) — It turned out that a deficiency of B12 (cobalamin) can cause depression in the elderly. Irish scientists came to this conclusion after their recent study.
This vitamin is involved in the formation of erythrocytes (red blood cells that carry air), and is also important for the nervous system and DNA synthesis.
If a person has a deficiency of cobalamin in the body, it will cause malfunctions in its work over time. Fatigue, weakness will appear, weight loss will begin, appetite will simply disappear.
In addition to this, a person will begin to get lost in space (disorientation), there will be lapses in memory.
Dementia can even develop if a person is deficient in age. Another serious consequence of B12 deficiency is anemia.
Therefore, doctors especially recommend elderly people to take vitamins and monitor their diet.
With age, irreversible processes begin in the body, one of which is a decrease in the secretion of hydrochloric acid. Because of this, absorption of cobalamin is difficult.
In a new study, scientists studied what will happen to the body if the deficiency of B12 is not filled for a long time.
It turned out that if it is not treated for 4 years, the risk of developing depression in the elderly increases by 51%. Unlike folic acid and other B vitamins, the lack of only this substance leads to a depressive disorder.
To avoid such serious health problems, you need to review your diet. B12 is found in eggs. For example, 1 chicken egg contains 7% of the daily dose of cobalamin.
It is also necessary to add other products containing this substance to the diet: milk, seafood, beef liver and veal . Only one cup of cow’s milk contains 18% of the daily vitamin requirement for an adult.
This does not mean that you should eat only these foods every day. Food should be balanced and varied. Vitamin complexes, which can be picked up and bought at any pharmacy, will also be useful.
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