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Bobby Brown

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Your Body Will Tell You

If you wonder, “What vitamins should I take?”, your body is the best place to find the answer. Vitamin deficiency can manifest as physical symptoms that are easy to recognize if you know how.

 We all know it’s important to get all the vitamins we need to stay healthy. Lack of vitamins can have many different effects on the body. If you know what to look for, you might be able detect a deficiency yourself. Our handy vitamin checklist below reveals the telltale signs of deficiencies.

Vitamin A

Helps to maintain normal sight, skin, mucous membranes and immune system.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Dry eyes
  • Reduced ability to see in low light / night blindness
  • Decreased resistance to infection

Vitamin B1 (thiamine)

Helps to maintain normal heart function, nervous system, energy production and mental functions.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Numbness in fingers and toes
  • Confusion
  • Problems with balance

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)

Helps to maintain normal skin, vision, metabolism, nervous system, mucous membranes and red blood cells.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Mouth sores and cracks in the corners of the mouth
  • Itching eyes
  • Dry skin
  • Brittle nails

Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide/niacin)

Helps to maintain normal skin, mucous membranes, metabolism, mental functions and nervous system.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Skin rash
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

Helps to maintain normal immune system, hormonal balance, metabolism, nervous system, protein distribution, mental functions and formation of red blood cells.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Cramps
  • Anaemia

Vitamin B 8 (biotin)

Helps to maintain normal skin, hair, metabolism, mucous membranes, nervous system and mental functions.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Muscle pain
  • Skin changes

Vitamin B9 (folate/folic acid)

Helps to maintain normal cell division, blood production, mental functions and immune system.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness
  • Headache
  • Anaemia

Vitamin B12

Helps to maintain normal nervous system, metabolism, mental functions, immune system, formation of red blood cells and cell division.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Anaemia
  • Diarrhoea
  • Forgetfulness
  • Sore tongue

Vitamin C

Helps to maintain normal collagen production for skin, bones and cartilage. It also helps to maintain a normal immune system, mental functions and absorption of iron. Protects cells against damage from free radicals.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Bleeding skin and gums
  • Slow wound healing
  • Irritability

Vitamin D

Helps to maintain normal uptake and distribution of calcium and phosphorus. It also helps to maintain muscles, bones, teeth, the immune system and cell division.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Impaired immunity
  • Joint and skeletal pain
  • Bones that break easily

Vitamin E

Helps to maintain normal protection of cells against oxidative stress.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Visual disturbances
  • Unsteady walk

Vitamin K

Helps to maintain normal bones and coagulation of blood.

Deficiency symptoms:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Slow blood clotting

If you suspect that you have a deficiency disease, ask your doctor to check the vitamin levels in your blood. If you are diagnosed with a deficiency, treatment involves receiving large doses of the vitamin until your body is “filled up”. Normally, you will continue with a smaller dose to ensure you get enough vitamins. Your doctor can also advise you on your diet to ensure you get enough of the different vitamins in the future.

Press Release comments:

Thank you for sharing, Bobby. An abundance of information on what we need and why we need these to support a healthy body.Brenetta Jackson

Our bodies are miracle machines. Going by your list is a great help to discover our deficiencies. Thank you, Bobby! :-) Herb Ratsch

Interesting info, and a handy list of symptoms too!Jonathan Jenkins