Vitamin & Mineral Symptoms of Deficiency
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Are You Consuming Insufficient Amounts of Vitamins & Minerals Which Have Lead to Health Related Deficiency Issues?
Signs and symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiency issues in the body may start out slowly or they may suddenly develop when a certain level of the vitamin or mineral in the body has been reached.
Diet Bites has listed the deficiency symptoms connected to each essential vitamin and mineral in the chart below.
If you are having minimal symptoms - such as weakness, not feeling your best, or unexplained aches and pains, then your first step should be examining your daily diet.
Are you consuming the adequate amount of vitamins and minerals than your body requires?
Are you taking supplements which may be unnecessary. Some individuals do require a daily multi-vitamin for health reasons due to current health conditions or age - both young and old.
And of course, if the symptoms worsen or persist, you should seek a medical evaluation. Never assume that you are consuming too much or too little of certain vitamins and minerals in your daily diet before embracing a plan to remedy. Meet with your doctor to verify your suspicions for a professional opinion of your conditions and solutions.
Deficiency Symptoms of Vitamins & Minerals
The following list of vital nutritional elements shows how not enough of a good thing creates a deficient result in the human body.
Biotin - Rare. Generally associated with individuals who consume a large amount of raw egg white, or who have a very poor diet.
Calcium - Deficiency symptoms in children may include: Rickets, bone deformations, growth retardation.
Deficiency symptoms in adults may include: Muscle spasms, tingling in the hands and feet, osteoporosis, softening of the bone, deterioration of teeth.
Copper - Feeling of ill health, weakness, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, poor immunity, increased risk of infections, anemia, osteoporosis, blood vessel disorders, joint pain, elevated LDL blood cholesterol, decreased HDL cholesterol levels, thyroid issues, irregular heartbeat, loss of pigment in skin and hair.
Fluoride - Tooth decay, weakening of enamel.
Folate - Folic Acid - Weakness, fatigue, irritability, insomnia, respiratory duress.
Iodine - Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), fatigue, weight gain, weight loss, depression, rapid heartbeat, fluctuations in appetite.
Iron - Fatigue, bruise easily, insomnia, heart palpitations, paleness.
Magnesium - Diarrhea, weakness, fatigue, drowsiness.
Manganese - High blood sugar levels, joint pain, poor memory.
Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid - Loss of appetite, abdominal pain, indigestion, fatigue, depression, insomnia, psychosis, feet may throb, ache or burn, headaches and respiratory infections.
Potassium - Low blood pressure fatigue feeling of unwellness. May be fatal if potassium levels are not treated.
Phosphorus - Loss of appetite, fatigue, bone pain, frequent infections.
Selenium - Deficiency of Selenium may include: a worsening of Iodine deficiency, thyroid issues and Keshan disease.
Sodium - Weakness, apathy, decrease in blood pressure, shock.
Vitamin A - Night blindness, viral infections, immune system issues, hair loss, bone development issues including abnormalities, diarrhea, skin issues, growth retardation issues.
Vitamin B1 - Thiamin - Irritability, fatigue, poor memory, loss of appetite, sleeping disturbances, weight loss, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, congestive heart failure. Beriberi can be a result of a severe thiamin deficiency.
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin - Lethargy, fatigue, sensitivity to bright light, tearing from the eyes, itching in and around the eyes, foggy vision, blurred vision, skin rashes, cracked lips, cracking occurring in the corners of the mouth, peeling of skin around the nose area.
Vitamin B3 - Niacin - Skin infections, generalized weakness, muscle weakness, digestive issues, lack of appetite, Irritability, headache, memory difficulties.
Existing health factors that may contribute to a niacin deficiency include: IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), stress, high alcohol consumption, physical trauma, insufficient protein consumption, long lasting fever.
Vitamin B6 - Pyridoxine - Skin issues including dermatitis and eczema pernicious anemia, malaise, fatigue and in severe deficiencies - convulsions and seizures may occur.
Vitamin B12 - Cyanocobalamin -Dandruff, slowed reflex, difficulty in swallowing, memory issues, menstrual issues, mental degeneration including senility, dementia, weakness, weak pulse, nervousness, pale pallor, tingling and numbness in feet, tongue issues (redness, inflammation, sore), depression, fatigue, palpitations.
Vitamin C - Absorbic Acid - Difficulty healing, frequent infections, frequent colds, respiratory issues, bleeding gums.
Vitamin D - Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, kidney ailments, and fatigue.
Vitamin E - Absorption issues within the digestive system. Pancreatic disease, gallbladder disease, liver disease, peripheral neuropathy and celiac disease may occur as a result of a deficiency of Vitamin E.
Zinc - Impaired sense of taste and/or smell, depression, lack of appetite, weakened immunity, and growth development in children.
Vitamin K - Anemia, blood coagulation issues, and may impact growth.
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