Deficiency of some vitamins and minerals might cause several health issues. So, how you can tell if you are suffering from deficiency of some vitamins and minerals? We will show you 5 of the most common symptoms along with the type of deficiency that might cause them:
- Acne –Zinc Deficiency
Many times the cause behind acne is zinc deficiency. Zinc helps in adding color and brightness to your complexion, helps in controlling oil production in your skin, speeds up healing, soothes inflamed skin, and regenerates the skin cells. This mineral helps in inhibiting 5-alpha-reductive activity as well, which is the reason of the appearance of acne. 5-alpha-reductase is an enzyme that is responsible for converting testosterone into another form which is highly active and promotes pimples. If you consume 30 mg of zinc daily, it will help in fighting acne. Raw pumpkin seeds are the also a great options. Taking just ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds can supply your body for around½of your daily recommended dosage.
- Muscle Cramps and/or Headaches –Magnesium Deficiency
Lack of magnesium in the body is considered to cause one of the most widespread mineral deficiencies in the American culture. It’s concerning that about 75 % of North Americans lack magnesium.
The fact is that magnesium is so potent nutrient for the proper functioning of our nervous system. It’s very beneficial in:
- Alleviating headaches
- Relaxing nerves
- Tensing muscles
- Supporting with falling asleep
- Easing muscle cramps
An easy method to get magnesium is to consume more green leafy vegetablessuch as collard greens or kale, and to make a smoothie of them. Alternatively, you could take a scoop of Vega One Nutritional Shake which has about 30 % of your daily recommended dosage. To add Epsom salts in bath is also a good idea. It is rich in magnesium, which is readily absorbed by the skin while you are relaxing in your tub.
- Thinning Hair –Iron Deficiency
Iron in our body acts as the ‘beast of burden’ for carrying oxygen (and many other nutrients too) to the hair follicles. If your iron levels drop or if you have anemia, it could be the reason of hair loss.
- Dry, Broken or Hair Brittle or Brittle Nails –Biotin Deficiency
Do you know that vitamin B7 or biotin is one of the most important nutrients for having healthy hair? Since it’s available in various sources, it’s pretty rare someone to suffer from biotin deficiency.
Yet, if you do, they can include the following:
- Brittle nails
- Hair loss
- Hair breakage
- Brittle hair
You need to increase your intake of foods containing of biotin just to ensure that you don’t lack biotin. It will help in boosting hair growth, strengthening tressesor to make you feel more confident.
- White Small Bumps back of the Arm –Essential Fatty Acids Deficiency
The small bumps that are usually forming on the back of your arm are commonly because of imbalance of essential fatty acid. Specifically, they are caused by low amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-3 fatty acids help in reducing inflammation in the bumps and cause dissolution of the build-up, therefore preventing hardening of the hair follicle.