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VITAMIN B DEFICIENCIES CAN AFFECT YOUR SENSES


You experience your world through the information received from your senses (sight, smell, taste, sound and touch).
This information is sent to your brain via nerve signals. Your brain then translates these into the meaningful sensations you experience. 1

5 basic senses

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Vision

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Hearing

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Smell

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Taste

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Touch

Whatever you enjoy in life, ensure you can enjoy it with all your senses. Whether it is walking in the garden, playing sport, going on a hike, playing with your children or spending a night out on the town.

We all know that ageing affects our senses, such as hearing, taste and smell. 1 However, vitamin B deficiencies can also prevent you from fully experiencing all five of your senses:

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Vision

A Vitamin B12 deficiency can result in vision loss. This is a rare condition and is often reversible with Vitamin B12 supplementation. 2

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Hearing

Hearing loss and tinnitus can be a consequence of a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Since Vitamin B12 is essential for the formation of myelin, the substance that protects your nerves, it is important for the normal function of the nerves involved in hearing.3

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Smell

Imagine not being able to enjoy the smell of a braai or your cup of happiness in the morning. Damage to the protective myelin sheath of the nerves supplying the nose, due to a Vitamin B12 deficiency, can decrease your sense of smell.4

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Taste

The cracks in the corner of your mouth, or sore red tongue could be because you do not have enough Vitamin B6. 5,6

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Touch

Numb sensations in your hands and feet or a scaly rash could be a result of a Vitamin B6 deficiency. Vitamin B6 is important for red blood cell formation, healthy skin and normal nerve function. 5

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