SUSS THE SIGNS
These symptoms can get scary, fast – going from mild to severe in as little as six months if untreated. You know the drill: if you spot ’em, book in with your doc
1 YOUR TONGUE IS SMOOTH AND SHINY
A B12 deficiency could cause you to lose papillae: tiny, tastebudcontaining bumps. As a result, your tongue may feel sore and your sense of taste may wilt, making even that spicy curry seem bland.
2 YOU FEEL PRICKLES
Pins-and-needles sensation in your hands and feet? That could be low B12 stocks affecting nerve cells. Ignore it and the tingling feeling can become permanent, says nutritional scientist Professor Joshua W Miller. Got it.
3 YOU’RE STRESSED OR CRYING ALL THE TIME
A lack of B12 can mess with your mental health and can eventually lead to depression or anxiety. Why? Low levels may affect the production of mood-regulating neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine.
4 YOUR MEMORY’S GONE AWOL AND YOU’RE CONSTANTLY TIRED
Nerve damage in the brain can leave you feeling foggy, confused and even forgetful. Lacking the vitamin can also sap strength and energy, because it affects the red blood cells that carry oxygen to your vital organs.
5 BAYLOAUNRCE IS SHOT
Without the protection of B12, the nerves in the spinal cord (which branch out to control your legs) can wither, leaving you dizzy and wobbly. Stumbling regularly isn’t normal unless you’re teetering in sky-high heels, so report ongoing instances of feeling off-kilter as soon as you notice them, suggests Miller.