Importance of Vitamins and Signs of Vitamin Deficiency

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Vitamins are beneficial compounds that aid in disease prevention and normal body functions. They also strengthen the organs and protect from infections. There are many ways to consume vitamins. The most common is through diet. Others take vitamin supplements. There is a wide range of vitamins that aid specific parts of the body.

For example, vitamin A or retinol keeps the eyesight sharp and the skin supple. It also works as an antioxidant. Vitamin E keeps the skin, hair and nails healthy. B vitamin keeps the nerves healthy and prevents anemia. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid protects from free radical damage. It also keeps the gums and teeth healthy. Vitamin C also strengthens the immune system and protects from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer!

Signs of Vitamin Deficiency

It takes the keen eye of a doctor to detect vitamin deficiency. If you’re not getting enough vitamins, you should come across the following signs and symptoms:

White Halo in the Eyes

The appearance of a white halo around the iris could indicate heart disease. It means you have to boost your consumption of foods rich in vitamin C and B. These foods include garlic and fish. If the white halo is prominent, consult with your doctor right away.

Orange Pupils

If your pupils took on a deep orange color, it’s a sign of abnormal sugar metabolism. It’s caused by excessive consumption of sweet foods. Cut back on fruits or foods with high glycemic index. Instead, boost your consumption of foods rich in chromium, zinc and vitamin B.

White or Pale Nail Beds

Press one nail and release pressure. The nail should be pale or white but goes back quickly to rose pink. If the nail took several seconds to go back to rosy pink, it’s a sign of iron deficiency. Boost your consumption of red meat, green leafy vegetables, and dried fruits. But because the body cannot fully absorb iron in its raw form, you have to boost your vitamin C consumption too. Vitamin C makes it easier for the body to process iron. Start by drinking fresh citrus juice and taking iron supplements.

Scalloped Tongue

Scalloped tongue is caused by teeth indentations. It hints vitamin A and B deficiency. It’s best to take a multivitamin to boost your level of A and B vitamin. In traditional Chinese medicine, scalloped tongue is a sign of qi deficiency. Most practitioners recommend taking Siberian ginseng and Rhodiola to address the condition.

White Tongue Coating

A thick, white coating on the tongue is caused by candida Albicans, microbes that also cause a yeast infection. This symptom indicates disrupted flora of the mouth. Boost your consumption of foods with probiotics. We recommend milk, yogurt, miso, and tempeh. You can also eat kimchi and coconut yogurt for a nutritious kick.

Prickly, Numbness in Hands and Feet

A tingling, prickly sensation on toes and fingertips followed by numbness could point to minor nerve damage. This is caused by aging, fatigue, depression and anemia. Boosting your consumption of vitamin B rich foods help ease the symptoms. You can also increase the consumption of vitamin C and iron-rich foods to address anemia.