Our expert says:
It is always important to actually do blood tests to determine which type of deficiency you have so that it can be treated properly. If you are a strict vegetarian (no eggs, milk, etc) then it is, however, very likely that you are suffering from a vit B12 or an iron-deficiency anaemia which would explain your problems with breathing and tiredness. At this stage it is probably indicated for you to take high doses of vit B12 and iron because it can take quite a long time for the body stores of these nutrients to be replenished if they are depleted. The other minerals and vitamins in Centrum should not cause problems if you take this supplement for a month or so. If your symptoms do NOT improve after a month, then you must please see a medical dr again (save up for the tests in the meanwhile) because it is important that you get the correct diagnosis. Vegetarian foods that are rich in iron are maize meal and wheat flour and wheat bread (these are all fortified with iron), iron-fortified breakfast cereals and dried fruit. If at all possible try having at least 4 eggs a week.
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