• Common Symptoms Of Nutrient Deficiencies

    Posted May 16, 2013: by Bill Sardi

    Blood tests for many nutrients are not reliable and may only indicate recent consumption.  It is more practical to use symptoms to detect nutrient deficiencies.



    Vitamin C

    Three forms

    1. Ascorbic acid
    2. Mineral ascorbate (magnesium or calcium ascorbate); this is alkaline or buffered C
    3. Ascorbyl palmitate
      (fat soluble form)
      • Fatigue (anemia)
      • Irritability
      • Infections
      • Weak, bulging walls of arteries (aneurysm, usually smokers)
      • Gallstones
        • Bleeding gums
        • Bleeding, back of eyes (retina)
        • Easy skin bruising
        • Burst blood vessels on back of hands (ecchymoses)
        • Hemorrhage (red eyes, brain hemorrhage)
        • Hemorrhoids
        • Varicose veins; spider veins
      • Peripheral neuropathy (pain in legs when walking)

    Note:  smoking tobacco depletes vitamin C

    • May indicate lack of stomach acid and/or H pylori infection
    • Restless leg syndrome due to anemia (vitamin C as ascorbic acid increases iron absorption from foods)

    Vitamin B1

    Note: Benfotiamine is fat soluble form that is better absorbed

    • Grey hair
    • Chronic bowel movements (irritable bowel)
    • Pain (fibromyalgia)
    • Numbness (neuropathy)
    • Heart failure; irregular heart beat
    • Horizontal eyelid twitches (nystagmus)
    • Note: alcohol, coffee, tea, sugar depletes B1
    • May indicate lack of stomach acid and/or H pylori infection

    Vitamin B12

    Methylcobalamin is preferred from in dietary supplements

    • Short-term memory loss
    • Sore tongue
    • Burning feet
    • Back ache
    • Fatigue
    • Chronic cough
    • Dizziness when rising from sitting position (postural hypotension)
    • May indicate lack of stomach acid and/or H pylori infection

    Vitamin A

    Cod liver oil is natural source

    Note: beta carotene converts to vitamin A when combined with dietary fat

    • Eyelids crusty or stuck together upon awakening in AM
      (lack of mucin in tear film
    • Recurrent infections
    • Night vision problems- may also indicate need for zinc
    • Photophobia (eye discomfort in sun)
    • Loss of smell, taste, appetite
    • Depression

    Vitamin D

    Note: diet cannot provide adequate vitamin D

    • Weak immune system- infections
    • Soft bones
    • Dental caries
    • Loss of muscle tone (balance)
    • Mental depression (winter blues)Note: may indicate lack of sunlight, overuse of sunscreens

    Omega-6 GLA oils

    • Evening primrose oil
    • Borage oil
    • Black currant seed oil

    • Dry skin (rough elbows)
    • Dry eyes (redness, itching, burning, watery)
    • Contact lens discomfort
    • Dry hair (dandruff)
    • Brittle nails
    • Dry mouth (Sjogrens’ syndrome)
    • Post-nasal drip/cough due to watery tear flow


    Ferronyl (carbonyl) iron is only source that should be used; less nausea and constipation; safe in event of overdose

    • Fatigue
    • Craving for acidic foods (tomatoes taste good)
    • Craving for ice chips
    • Pale skin
    • Short of breath climbing stairs, high altitutde
    • Pain behind the eyes or forehead (frontal headache)
    • Sleeplessness (insomnia)
    • Dry hair (dandruff)
    • May indicate lack of stomach acid and/or H pylori infection
    • Restless leg syndrome (uncontrollable leg kicking in bed at night)
    • May indicate lack of stomach acid and/or H pylori infection


    Magnesium oxide is only 4% absorbed; obtain other forms- magnesium malate, orotate, citrate, gluconate, threonate, etc.

    • Craving for chocolate
    • Migraine headaches
    • Constipation (too much calcium)
    • Uncontrolled eyelid twitching (blepharospasm)- usually accompanied by dry eye
    • Premature ejaculation
    • Muscle cramping
    • Fatigue, low energy, heart failure
    • Anxiety associated with menstrual period
    • Kidney stones
    • Excessive calcium intake
    • Some cases of restless leg syndrome


    Zinc methionine (Optizinc) is best absorbed

    • Atrial fibrillation
    • Diarrhea
    • Lack of appetite
    • Recurrent eruptive herpes sores (lip, shingles, Bells Palsy)- usually triggered by direct exposure to sun or high arginine foods (nuts, gelatin, chocolate)
    • Hair loss
    • Loss of sense of smell, taste
    • Poor wound healing
    • White spots on fingernails
    • Skin problems (eczema, psoriasis)
    • Impotence
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Warts
    • Low sperm count
    • Dyslexia (zinc shortage during pregnancy)
    • Growth retardation in children
    Source: Copyright 2013 Bill Sardi Knowledge of Health, Inc.

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