What Specific Nutrient Deficiencies Cause Which Disorders?
The specific illnesses that can be caused by nutrient deficiencies are:
Weight loss, pallor, brittle fingernails and hair are usually caused by the lack of protein, zinc, vitamin B-1, vitamin B-2 and iron. These problems can be cleared up by eating red meats, green vegetables and other foods that are high in the nutrients that are lacking.
But that is not all. Water retention (edema), bruising, flaking skin, and splotches on the skin are signs that the diet is low in zinc, niacin, fatty acids, protein, vitamins A, C, and K, and at least some of the B vitamins. These lacking nutrients can best be replaced by diet. If supplements are necessary, there are many brands to choose from. Red meat, dairy products, leafy green vegetables, legumes and fresh fruits (such as cherries) are the best additions to a healthy diet when these symptoms appear. Red eyes, night blindness and general eye irritation can be caused by a lack of vitamin A, vitamin B-2 and iron.
Vitamins A, C, B-2, B-12 and C can contribute to weak bones and so can the lack of phosphorous, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, protein, niacin and potassium. All these nutrients can be found in a healthy diet or in supplements.
It is important to eat the right foods for good health. It is important to be aware of symptoms of nutrient deficiencies because most nutrition deficiencies, if neglected, can worsen with time and cause permanent damage and health problems.