Many man and women suffer from at least one vitamin or mineral deficiency. Some are more serious than others, having consequences for fertility, mental health, bone strength, pain, and immune function. Of course, if you think you might have a deficiency, it’s important to consult your GP. But there are a few warning signs we should all be looking out for.
Pale lips. Pale lips can be a sign of iron deficiency – a deficiency particularly common among young women, due to chronic blood loss during menstruation. Over one million Australians suffer from iron deficiency or anaemia, which can cause tiredness, fatigue and breathlessness.
A rash that won’t go away. If you have a rash that just won’t go away, it could be a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency. B12 deficiency has also been linked to dermatitis, and changes in skin pigmentation and irritation, as well as cracks in the corners of the mouth.
Puffy eyes. Iodine deficiency can cause puffy eyes, which persist all day long. This deficiency is a global health issue, affecting over two billion people. At severe levels, brain damage can result. Other symptoms include slowed brain function, slowed metabolism, and cysts.
Excessive bruising. A vitamin C deficiency can be the cause of excessive bruising. Even a minor deficiency can cause a person to bruise more easily than usual. Bleeding gums are also a common sign of vitamin C deficiency, as is dry hair and skin, and infections that won’t heal.
Dry bumps on arms. An omega 3 deficiency has a number of skin-related symptoms – such as small bumps on the upper arms and legs. Omega 3 deficiency is generally related to dryness in the skin – so can manifest in dry, straw-like hair, brittle nails, dandruff and dry eyes. Other symptoms include an inability to concentrate, depression, anxiety and mood swings.