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Signs of Vitamin Deficiency

Mark Neumann

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Despite attempts at a healthy diet, most adults are deficient in one or more key vitamins or minerals. Fatigue, dark circles under the eyes, hair loss, and cramping are just a few symptoms we push aside, unaware that something as simple as vitamin injections could solve the problem. If someone isn’t listening to their body, they can miss these key signs of vitamin deficiency, potentially putting their health in jeopardy.

Anemia and Brittle Nails

Thin nails, brittle nails, or nails with grooves in them, coupled with anemia, is a sign of iron deficiency. Iron helps the production of red blood cells. Iron supplements are available, but food that is high in iron is the best option. Liver, red meat, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, dark chocolate, dark leafy greens (like spinach and kale), and tofu are all high in iron.

High Blood Pressure and Bone Problems

Aching bones, brittle bones, osteoporosis, rickets, and low bone density are some of the common bone problems. When someone has weak bones and high blood pressure, they are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency also creates depression in some people, especially during winter months. Sufficient vitamin D promotes bone growth, and vitamin D from the sun is beneficial for good mental health. Food high in vitamin D are fish, liver, eggs, and mushrooms.

Memory Problems and Low Blood Pressure

Vitamin B12 is very important for brain function. If someone is experiencing low blood pressure with mental issues, such as memory loss or hallucinations, they are likely low in B12. B12 is in most animal products, such as beef, fish, lamb, poultry, cheese, dairy, and eggs. Vegans can find their B12 in soy milk and tofu.

Fatigue and Blood Problems

Blood problems is a broad term. If a person is experiencing bleeding gums, poor wound healing, anemia, nosebleeds, bruising, or slow wound healing, they need more vitamin C. Vitamin C helps build disease immunity and builds energy levels, which is why someone low in vitamin C usually complains of fatigue. Citrus, kiwi, broccoli, spinach, kale, berries, tomato, and Brussels sprouts all have good amounts of vitamin C.

Easily Broken or Fractured Bones

When bones break or fracture easily, one issue could be a lack of calcium. Calcium supports the skeleton and teeth, making sure they grow and heal correctly. You can find calcium in dairy products, fish, almonds, dark green leafy veggies, and tofu.

Vision Problems

Night-blindness, color-blindness, and infected eyes are common eye and vision problems associated with a lack of vitamin A. Vitamin A contributes to many things besides vision, including the immune system, skin health, and reproduction. Look for vitamin A in orange foods, such as carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, and dried apricots. Peas, broccoli, spinach, and kale also contain vitamin A.

If you are experiencing any of these issues, it may be a vitamin deficiency. However, sometimes food alone isn’t enough to combat the serious issues that these deficiencies can cause. Vitamin injections can be an easy way to ensure your health stays strong and that you get all the nutrients you need. 

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