Lightheadedness is a condition commonly associated with dizziness, faintness, loss of balance, nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances, fatigue, mental confusion and a sensation that the room is moving or spinning. The exact cause varies, but decreased blood flow to the brain, a sudden drop in blood pressure, dehydration, a blow to the head, allergies, low blood sugar, panic attacks, rising too quickly from a stationary position, anemia and heart problems can contribute to this condition. Along with your prescribed treatment plan, certain vitamins may help alleviate lightheadedness, eliminate dizziness, improve your energy and restore your mental clarity.
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Vitamin B-3, also known as niacin, alleviates lightheadedness and dizziness; aids in red blood cell production; prevents mental confusion; restores your energy; lowers your risk of fainting; and eliminates symptoms that may be associated with lightheadedness such as body flushing, nausea, vomiting, weakness and vertigo, or the sensation that the room is spinning, according to Doctor of Science Steve Blake, author of “Vitamins and Minerals Demystified.” Foods rich in vitamin B-3 include liver, pork, turkey, tuna, salmon, poultry, milk, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, whole grains, mangoes and peaches.
Vitamin B-6, also known as pyridoxine, supports healthy brain development; improves brain function; repairs damaged brain tissues; carries oxygen, nutrients and blood to your brain; eliminates dizziness; and increases your body’s production of serotonin and norepinephrine, hormones that regulate brain activity, according to Michael Zimmermann, M.D., author of “Burgerstein's Handbook of Nutrition: Micronutrients in the Prevention and Therapy of Disease.” Dr. Zimmermann states that vitamin B-6 also aids in the production of neurotransmitters, brain chemicals that transmit messages from your central nervous system to your brain. Foods rich in vitamin B-6 include fortified cereals, salmon, poultry, turkey, hazelnuts, vegetable juice, potatoes and bananas.
Vitamin B-12, also known as cobalmin, reduces lightheadedness; improves brain function; increases mental clarity; aids in red blood cell production; repairs damaged brain tissues; transports oxygen, blood and nutrients to your brain; and lowers your risk of pernicious anemia, a type of anemia that occurs when low levels of vitamin B-12 causes dizziness, loss of balance, fatigue, confusion and impaired concentration, according to Lavon Dunne, certified nutritionist and author of “Nutrition Almanac.” Foods rich in vitamin B-12 include beef liver, yogurt, tuna, milk, Swiss cheese, poultry, eggs, ham, salmon and fortified cereals.
Vitamin D reduces migraine-related lightheadedness; prevents mental confusion and fatigue; increases awareness; and lowers your risk of heart palpitations and arrhythmias, heart conditions that can cause faintness, nausea, vomiting and dizziness, according to Alan Gaby, M.D., author of “Natural Pharmacy: Complete A-Z Reference to Alternative Treatments for Common Health Conditions.” Foods rich in vitamin D include mackerel, margarine, beef liver, eggs, fortified cereals, sardines, yogurt, orange juice and cod liver oil.
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- “Vitamins and Minerals Demystified”; Steve Blake, Sc.D; 2007
- “Burgerstein's Handbook of Nutrition: Micronutrients in the Prevention and Therapy of Disease”; Michael Zimmermann, M.D.; 2001
- “Nutrition Almanac”; Lavon J. Dunne, M.S.; 2001
- “Natural Pharmacy: Complete A-Z Reference to Alternative Treatments for Common Health Conditions”; Alan R. Gaby, M.D.; 2006