Deficiency of various kinds of vitamins and minerals could cause different types of health issues. So how to tell that you are suffering from deficiency of vitamins and minerals? The following are 5 of the most common symptoms along with the kind of deficiency that may be causing them:
1. Acne – Deficiency of Zinc
Many times the cause behind acne is deficiency of zinc. Zinc not only helps in adding brightness and color to your complexion, it also helps in controlling oil production in your skin. zinc soothes inflamed skin, speeds up healing, and regenerates skin cells. The mineral also help in inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase activity which is a cause behind acne. 5-alpha-reductase is an enzyme responsible for converting testosterone into another form that is highly active and promotes pimples. If you take 30mg of it daily, it can help in fighting acne. Raw pumpkin seeds are the best options. Taking just 1/4 cup of these seeds can supply you around 1/2 of your recommended dosage.
2. Muscle Cramps and/or Headaches – Deficiency of Magnesium
Magnesium deficiency is considered to cause one of the most widespread mineral deficiencies in the American culture. It is concerning that around 75 percent of North Americans have magnesium deficiency.
The fact is that magnesium is a potent nutrient for the functioning of our nervous system. It is beneficial in:
- Relaxing nerves
- Tensing muscles
- Alleviating headaches
- Easing muscle cramps
- Supporting with falling asleep
A simple method to get magnesium will be to add green leafy vegetable like collard greens or kale to your smoothies. Alternatively, you could take a scoop of Vega One Nutritional Shake that has around 30 percent of your daily recommended dosage. Adding Epsom salts in bath is also a good way. It has high amounts of magnesium, which is readily absorbed from the skin while you are relaxing in the tub.
3. Thinning Hair – Deficiency of Iron
Iron works as the ‘beast of burden’ in our body for carrying oxygen (and other nutrients too) to our hair follicles. If your iron levels fall or if you have anemia, it could cause hair loss.
4. Dry, Brittle or Broken Hair or Brittle Nails – Deficiency of Biotin
Do you know that vitamin B7 or biotin is one of the most important nutrient for healthy hair? Because it is available in various sources, it is rare that someone could suffer from biotin deficiency.
Yet, if you are suffering from its deficiency, they can include the following:
- Hair breakage
- Hair loss
- Brittle hair
- Brittle nails
Increase your intake of foods containing high amounts of biotin just to ensure that you don’t have biotin deficiency. It will help in strengthening tresses, boosting hair growth or to make you feel confident.
5. White Small Bumps back of the Arm – Deficiency of Essential Fatty Acids
The small bumps which usually form on the back of your arm are commonly due to essential fatty acid imbalance. Specifically, they are due to low amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties. They help in reducing inflammation in the bumps and cause dissolution of the build-up, thus preventing hardening of the hair follicle.