Vitamin deficiency symptoms: Seven subtle signs you may lack vitamins B12, D and others

Vitamin deficiency symptoms: Seven subtle signs you may lack vitamins B12, D and others

Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients the body needs in order to function properly and stay healthy. Most people are able to get all the vi

Vitamin B12 deficiency – the warning sign on your legs you should never ignore
Vitamin B12 deficiency: Seven foods to eat to avoid symptoms in the New Year
Vitamin B12 deficiency – why you must by no means ignore this ‘peculiar’ symptom in your mouth


Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients the body needs in order to function properly and stay healthy. Most people are able to get all the vitamins and minerals they need by eating a balanced diet, but if you don’t get enough of a particular vitamin or mineral, you could become deficient. According to MedExpress doctor Clare Morrison, vitamin deficiencies tend to occur gradually, so signs can be quite subtle at first. Dr Morrison reveals seven of the most common signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies to look out for.

Fatigue

Almost any deficiency can cause fatigue, as it is a very non-specific symptom, explains Dr Morrison, but the most notable deficiencies are those in iron, folic acid and vitamin B12.

“All these vitamins are needed to make blood cells, so a lack of any of them causes anaemia. If affected, you might also notice shortness of breath, palpitations, and pale skin.”

Hair problems

Hair loss is often ignored, or blamed on stress, ageing or menopause, but it can also

be a feature of insufficient iron, zinc, or the B vitamins, particularly niacin and biotin.

Brittle hair and nails can be caused by a lack of biotin, and dandruff can be triggered by a lack of zinc and the B vitamins, particularly niacin, riboflavin and pyridoxine.

Mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers are a common problem, but if you keep getting them, you may be lacking iron, B vitamins, or folic acid.

Bleeding gums

Vitamin C is essential for healthy gums, teeth, and wound healing, and a deficiency can lead to bleeding gums when brushing your teeth.

Restless legs

Restless legs is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move and wriggle the legs. It can occasionally be caused by iron deficiency, or sometimes magnesium deficiency.

Pins and needles

Pins and needles in the lower legs, feet and hands, perhaps accompanied by an unpleasant

burning sensation, can be caused by a lack of vitamin B12.

Pain

Vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium are all essential for healthy, functioning bones and

muscles. A lack of any of these can lead to widespread aches and pains in these areas.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 0
DISQUS: 0