Deficiency Symptoms of Various Vitamins

Deficiency Symptoms of Various Vitamins

According to Wikipedia, a Vitamin is an organic molecule that is an essential micronutrient that an organism needs in small quantities for the proper functioning of it’s metabolism. Even though the body needs vitamins in smaller quantities, the body cannot function well if it’s lacking any of the vitamins. That’s why you need to know the deficiency symptoms of the various vitamins to be able to rule them out in case you happen to have any of them.


Know the deficiency symptoms of the various vitamins because Vitamins play different roles in the body and humans need each vitamin in different quantities to stay healthy.

Vitamins help your body to grow and work efficiently, hence lack of vitamins will affect the body’s growth and how it works.

Human beings get most of their vitamins from the food we eat, since the body does not synthesize them.

A well balanced diet contains a lot of nutritional benefits, and a diet lacking adequate nutrients may cause unpleasant symptoms, and these symptoms may be communicating to you that there is lack of some vitamins in your body.

The types of vitamins are; Vitamin A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins.

Some deficiency symptoms of vitamins are:

1. Deficiency of vitamin A can lead to dry eyes, night blindness especially in children, infertility and trouble conceiving, poor wound healing, throat and chest infections.

See also: Why Everyone Needs Multivitamin[Nurses Diaries]

2. Deficiency of vitamin B1 can cause beri-beri, tingling arms and legs, delirium, irritability, blurred vision.

4. Deficiency of vitamin B2 can cause fatigue, swollen throat, skin crack.

5. Vitamin B3 deficiency can lead to pellagra, and casual necklaces.

6. Deficiency of vitamin B5 can cause fatigue and restlessness.

7. Deficiency of vitamin B6 is associated with microcytic anemia, swollen tongue, weakened immune function, peripheral neuropathy.

8. Deficiency of vitamin B7 can lead to hair loss.

9. Deficiency of folate (vitamin B9) can cause neural tube defects and predispose babies to congenital heart defects.

10. Deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to anemia and neurological problems.

11. Deficiency of vitamin C can lead to scurvy.

12. Deficiency of vitamin D can cause rickets, osteomalacia, hair loss, bone pain, depression, pale skin, muscle weakness, loss of appetite.

13. Deficiency of vitamin E can cause nerve and muscle damage, and vision problems.

14. Deficiency of vitamin K can lead to hemorrhage especially in new born.

It’s important you know that deficiency in most of the aforementioned vitamins is rare, especially in people that do not have certain underlying health conditions and who eat properly and healthily.

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