Vitamin Deficiency

In the earlier write up, we have talked about food products that are rich sources of Vitamin A and B. We have also discussed about the symptoms that become visible when our body gets insufficient supply of this vitamin. The present write up will discuss matters related to some other vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Vitamin D and Vitamin E.

Citrus fruits like oranges, awla and leafy vegetables are rich sources of Vitamin C. This vitamin is also called Ascorbic acid. Though it is not common to hear about deficiency of Vitamin C, the symptoms when such deficiency occurs are swollen gums or gums that bleed. The deficiency of this vitamin can also cause infection in your gum.

The rays of the sun provide Vitamin D (for vegetarians). Vitamin D deficiency leads to a deformed spine and curved legs. Cereals, whole grains, vegetables and fruits can be consumed to get proper dose of Vitamin E.

Whole wheat and nuts are rich sources of folic acid. The deficiency of folic acid causes a feeling of weakness, sore tongues and ulcers in the mouth. Sometimes, folic acid’s deficiency in the body may also result in lack of sensation and itchy feeling in the fingers and toes. Pregnant women are usually asked to take folic acid supplements. You can get vitamin K from most of the vegetables.

Vitamin K deficiency can cause bleeding. Apart from the vitamins mentioned before, our body also requires Pantothenic acid, which is found in potatoes and some other vegetables. Deficiency of this acid in the body causes fatigue, headaches and loss of coordination. However, it is a wrong belief that vitamin deficiency causes cracked nails. A person who consumes a well-balanced and nutritious diet will not need vitamin supplements. Also, it has not been proved that vitamin E has healing property.