Risk factor, Signs, Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

What is Vitamin B12? Vitamin B12 also known as cobalamin is a water-soluble vitamin helps in the production of healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body. Deficiencies of vitamin B12 makes the body produce larger than normal red blood cells and are described as megaloblasts or macrocytes. Source of Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products. Vitamin B12 is generally not present in plant foods, but fortified breakfast cereals are a readily available source of vitamin B12 with high bioavailability for vegetarians. Risk factors for Vitamin B12 deficiency Factors that might put you at an increased risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency are: Dietary Factors: People who are vegetarian are not able to get the required amount of vitamin B12 from their diet. Since vitamin B12 is found in eggs, dairy products, meat, poultry, and fish, non-vegetarians are at a lower risk of suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency. People who are in elderly stage. Alcohol addiction. The medical condition such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, stomach disease, stomach ulcers, thinning of the stomach lining affects the absorption of vitamin B12. Poor diet in infants. Poor nutrition in expectant mothers. Pernicious anemia: It is an autoimmune disorder that obstructs the absorption of vitamin B12 from the food into the body Surgeries which removes a part of your stomach responsible for absorption of vitamin B12 Medication for diabetes, acidity and indigestion. Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency Weight loss Loss of appetite Fatigue and tiredness Diarrhoea Nausea Breathlessness Irritability Increased heart rate Tingling sensation in limbs...

Filtered vs Refined oils

  When it comes to heart health, the first food group that comes to mind is OILS. It is the most common cooking medium which provides energy to body, taste to food along with fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids .Now the question of how much should be used needs a more customized guidelines rather than a generalized one but here lets discuss on which type of oil should be used. The two types of oils based on processing involved are: Filtered and Refined oils. Filtered oils or Kachi ghani as we call in India are the ones which are filtered through strainers to eliminate the solid particles & other impurities from the seed .They appear to be more dark and cloudy and also the smell is more prominent. Refined oils on the other hand are treated with chemicals to get rid of impurities & odor to give a clear appearance. The general rule everyone must apply is – “Less the processing, more is the nutrition”. So definitely the filtered oils are better than refined ones. Also filtered oils are produced at a lower temperature which retain most of the nutrition & the fatty acid bonds doesn’t become toxic, which is not true with refined oils. To make filtered oils the best grade of seeds are used which is not again true for refined ones. Yes, filtered oils do have a strong aroma which makes them unwanted for deep frying as they can overpower the taste of food. So I would advise that if it suites your taste buds it’s better to consume filtered oils on a regular...

Why Fruit Juices Could be Killing You ?

Yesterday, I saw some people who were smoking while drinking a fruit juice along-with it, Probably thinking that antioxidants from the juices would cut down the harmful effects of smoking. However none of their juice consumption was going to benefit them in any sense. You would be amazed why fruit juice won’t benefit you? They are full of vitamins and minerals, So definitely not with smoking but otherwise they could be healthy for us? The answer still is NO THEY ARE NOT !!! Fruit juices are considered healthy because of the word “fruit” in it, However we forget there is a difference in composition of fruit and fruit juice. When we take the whole fruit, It takes effort to chew and swallow them. The sugar in them is also bound to the fibrous structures that slows the breakdown process during digestion. It is also very filling so we don’t tend to eat more. As a result, the sugar that is sent to liver to metabolize is in small amounts at a slower rate too. Whereas in case of fruit juices which are devoid of the fiber, The large amount of sugar get absorbed and sent to liver very quickly. When the liver takes in more sugar ( fructose in case of fruits), More than it can handle, Some of it gets turned into fat. Some of this fat can lodge in the liver & contribute to fat build up and insulin resistance. Different foods have different metabolic pathways and have different effects on hunger, Hormones and brain centers that control body weight. In presence of solid calories, Our brain...