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The Symptoms of Vitamin Deficiency -- Different Symptoms for Different Vitamins

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By Edited May 15, 2015 1 2

Are you suffering from vitamin deficiency? Do you know its symptoms? It is very difficult to determine if your body lacks the needed vitamins. Because there are six major vitamin groups, deficiencies could display different types of symptoms.

One of the major causes of vitamin deficiency is improper diet. You have to remember that the best sources of vitamins are the foods you eat everyday. If you have a poor diet and eating high amounts of unhealthy junk foods, then you may suffer from one type or several types of deficiencies.

To understand vitamin deficiency, here is a brief overview of different symptoms for different vitamins.

Vitamin A Deficiency

Vitamin A is essential for the healthy development of the immune system, vision, skin, soft tissues, and hair. You can get vitamin A mainly from leafy vegetables, yellow fruits, butter, and liver.

If your body lacks vitamin A, then the most common deficiency symptoms that could manifest are vision loss, night blindness, acne, skin dryness, dry hair, and impaired immune system.

B-complex Deficiency

Lack of B-complex vitamins can cause so many health problems for you. That is because this vitamin consists of 7 other types of vitamins. The gastrointestinal system, nervous system, blood cells, liver, and skin can be affected adversely by B-complex vitamin deficiency.

Some of the most common symptoms of a deficiency include anemia, bad breath, constipation, digestive problems, memory loss, low platelet count, muscle fatigue and tenderness, and depression.

Vitamin C Deficiency

You probably know already the importance of vitamin C. Since you were a child, your parents probably encouraged you to eat lots of citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables. These are the best sources of C vitamins.

If you are deficient in vitamin C, then you may catch colds easily because your body has low resistance to infection. Bleeding gums, shortness of breath, ruptured capillary walls, poor digestion, and nose bleeding are just some of the major symptoms of C vitamin deficiency.

Vitamin D Deficiency

You lack vitamin D (the Danish term for it is d vitamin) if you have low blood calcium, rickets, low pain tolerance, brittle teeth and bones, myopia, and frequent sore throat. You need to go out more often if you have this kind of vitamin deficiency because morning sunshine is the best source of vitamin D.

Vitamin E Deficiency

Vitamin E is essential for the blood and reproductive system. If your body is deficient in vitamin E, then you are prone to develop enlargement of prostate glands. Muscular weakness, muscle wasting, impotency, low sex drive, sexual dysfunction, and sterility are the major symptoms of E vitamin deficiency.

Vitamin K Deficiency

Vitamin K is essential for proper metabolism and liver function. A vitamin deficiency in this area can be very hazardous. You may experience poor blood clotting, bleeding problems, high glucose and low platelet count if you lack vitamin K.

You need to understand that vitamin deficiency is life threatening. Once a symptom appears, your condition is already severe. Make sure to eat the right foods and develop a well balanced diet so that your body can get proper amounts of vitamins.



Oct 20, 2010 9:31pm
This is great information. Well put together!
Oct 20, 2010 11:49pm
Great article! This is information everyone should know, thank you.
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