• 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.

    NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY

    SYMPTOMS

    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
      • WEAK CAPILLARIES
        • 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
    DRYNESS

    • 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

    Iron

    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

    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

    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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