Different vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to all sorts of different health problems. Here are five common symptoms and the vitamin or mineral deficiency that’s likely to blame.
1.Headaches and/or Muscle Cramps – Magnesium Deficiency
Well, we can easily say that magnesium is one of the most common mineral deficiencies in many different cultures in the world. Almost 75% of the North American population is suffering from magnesium deficiency. This extremely powerful nutrient, magnesium, is very important for the nervous system function. Magnesium helps the nerves and the tense muscles to relax; it also alleviates muscle cramping and headaches. It’s also extremely helpful as a sleeping aid. The best and the most effective way to increase magnesium intake is to add some green leafy veggies, like kale or collard greens to your next smoothie or a scoop of Vega One nutritional shake. This shake will boost 30% of your daily requirements. Another option is to add Epsom salts to your next bath. These salts are loaded with magnesium and it’s easily absorbed through your skin while you relax in your bath tub.
2. Acne – Zinc Deficiency
Acne usually occur due to zinc deficiency. Zinc is responsible for controlling the oil production in the body and it adds brightness and color to the complexion. Apart from regenerating skin cells, soothing skin inflammation, and promoting the healing process, zinc impedes the enzyme which converts testosterone into pimple-promoting form. Taking 30 milligrams on a daily basis will help you fight acne. More than half of the recommended daily dosage is contained in a ¼ cup of raw pumpkin seeds.
3. Dry/Broken/Brittle Hair, Brittle Nails – Biotin Deficiency
Biotin (vitamin B7) is the heart and soul of healthy hair. Since it’s an abundant mineral found in a variety of sources, biotin deficiencies are rare, but signs include hair loss, hair breakage, brittle hair, and even brittle nails. If you’re looking to strengthen your tresses, ignite hair growth, or just feel confident that bad hair won’t plague you, stock up on foods rich in biotin for that added assurance.
4. Thinning hair – Iron deficiency
Iron is the pack mule of your body, helping to carry oxygen—not to mention other nutrients—to your hair follicles. Low iron levels or anemia can actually lead to hair loss. Low iron levels or anemia results in less nutrients being delivered to hair follicles via oxygen resulting in hair loss. The healthier your hair follicles are, the healthier your scalp will be, which results in healthier new hair growth.
5. White Little Bumps on Back of Arm – Essential Fatty Acids
Those little bumps commonly found on the back of the arm are often a result of an essential fatty acid imbalance. In particular,low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory, which reduce the inflammation of the bumps and help to dissolve build-up and prevent hardening within the hair follicle.