Are You Nutrient Deficient? Know What You Need Based on Your Symptoms

Signs of nutritional deficiencies can be external and internal and can be caused by overconsumption or deficiency in any of the nutrients.

The below key signs of nutritional deficiencies you will be able to notice if something is wrong.


Dark circles or bags under the eyes: Allergies, food tolerances, dehydration

Poor night vision: Vitamin A

Ruptured blood vessels in the eyes: Vitamin C

Nearsightedness: Vitamin D

Pale lower eyelid: Iron

Teeth and Gums

Bleeding gums: VItamin C, Folate

Crowded teeth: Calcium, Vitamin K


Hair loss: B2, B5, Biotin, D, Zinc

Dry Hair: Vitamin A, E, Omega 3, Protein, Iodine, Selenium, Biotin

Dandruff: Selenium, Omega 3, Vitamin A


Spoon shaped nails: B12, Iron

White marks: Calcium or Zinc

Pale nails: Iron, Biotin

Brittle names: Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine

Cuticles tear easily: Protein

Muscles and Joints

Muscle cramping: Magnesium, B1, B2, B6

Twitching: B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Calcium

Edema/Swelling: B1, B6, Potassium

Numbness or tingling: B12, B5

Clicking Joints: Manganese


Canker sores: B3, B12, Folic acid, Calcium

Crack in the corner of the mouth: B2

Weak tooth enamel: Vitamin A, D, K, Calcium

Painful tongue: B2, B3, Folic Acid

Loss of smell or taste: Zinc

Emotional / Mental Health

Depression: B1, B5, Biotin, PABA

Dementia: B1, B3 B12, folic acid

Nervousness/Irritability: B1, B6, B5

Insomnia: B3, B5, B6, D3

Dizziness: Iron, B2, B12

How to prevent nutritional deficiencies?

Balanced Diet and Consumption of calcium-rich foods, lean and plant-based proteins, good quality fats rich in omega 3 & omega 6, whole grains & other millets, raw fruits and vegetables, plenty of healthy fluids.

The most common nutritional deficiencies – 

  1. Iron deficiency

  2. Vitamin D Deficiency

  3. Potassium Deficiency

  4. Calcium Deficiency

These small signs today are fixable and can prevent you from long-term health problems.

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