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What Vitamin Deficiency Causes Dizziness?

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Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."
What Vitamin Deficiency Causes Dizziness?
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Dizziness is an unpleasant feeling that my prompt you to visit your doctor. The condition often makes you feel light-headed, unsteady or faint, or sense that the room is spinning. Anxiety disorders, inner ear damage, a reaction to medication or a vitamin deficiency can lead to dizziness. Before trying home remedies, you should see your doctor to make sure you don't have a serious underlying condition, such as nerve damage, Parkinson's disease or a stroke.

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Vitamin B-12

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When your body does not produce enough red blood cells, you may develop anemia. Insufficient red blood cells decreases the amount of oxygen that's carried through your bloodstream and leads to a host of symptoms, including fatigue and dizziness. Your body relies on vitamin B-12 for red blood cell production. Vitamin B-12 primarily comes from meat sources, putting strict vegetarians at a higher risk of developing pernicious anemia, the term that describes B-12 deficiency. Eggs, fish and milk also provide effective sources of vitamin B-12. For a non-source of the vitamin, opt for nutritional yeast and fortified dairy and meat alternatives, such as soy-based products containing added B-12, plus fortified breakfast cereals that don't contain animal-based foods.

Vitamin B-6

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Vitamin B-6 is another component needed to produce healthy red blood cells. Additionally, B-6 helps you maintain proper blood sugar levels. A sudden drop in glucose can lead to dizzy spells. Your body relies on vitamin B-6 to convert stored carbohydrates into energy, especially when your calorie intake is low. Vitamin B-6 also promotes a healthy immune system and supports your lymphoid system, which produces healthy white blood cells. Sufficient vitamin B-6 is available in fortified cereals that often give you 100 percent of your daily vitamin B-6 needs. Other dietary sources include bananas, garbanzo beans, potatoes and chicken breast.

Vitamin C

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Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects the body against free radicals that can lead to infections of the inner ear or other conditions that lead to vertigo or dizziness. Vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system and can prevent inner ear disorders such as Meniere's disease that often results from an infection or unbalanced immune response. The most effective dietary sources of vitamin C are fortified drinks and fruits, especially citrus fruit and vegetables.

Vitamin D

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Vitamin D is vital for regulating calcium and phosphorous levels in your body. Additionally, vitamin D plays a role in maintaining a healthy immune system, reducing inflammation and modulating cell growth. The primary source of vitamin D is sunlight. Salmon, mackerel, cod liver oil and fortified milk and orange juice can serve as effective dietary sources. In addition to strengthening your bones, according to Medline Plus, taking vitamin D with calcium supplements can reduce your blood pressure and the dizzying swaying that often accompanies it, leading to a reduced risk of falling.

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