Other Vitamins Deficiency

In the previous post we learned about which food products contain Vitamin A and B and what are the symptoms if this vitamin is insufficient in your body. This post will deal with other vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Folic Acid.

Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic acid is found in citrus fruits such as oranges, awla and also in leafy vegetables. Deficiency of this vitamin is uncommon however the symptoms of deficiency are bleeding, swollen or infected gums. Vitamin D is obtained from the rays of the sun (for vegetarians). Curved legs and a deformed spine are the result of Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin E is found in Whole grains, cereals, fruits and vegetables.

Folic acid supplements are mostly recommended to pregnant women. Folic acid is found in nuts and whole wheat. Symptoms of folic acid deficiency are ulcers in the mouth, sensations of weakness, numbness and tingling of fingers and toes, and sore tongues. Vitamin K is found in most vegetables and a deficiency of this vitamin can lead to bleeding. Apart from these vitamins, Pantothenic acid is also required to the body. This acid is found in potatoes and other vegetables for the vegetarians. It is found that low levels of this acid in the body have lead to fatigue, loss of coordination and headaches. Contrary to the popular beliefs, cracked nails do not indicate vitamin deficiency. Also, an average person who eats a well balanced diet does not require vitamin supplements. Also, there is no proof that vitamin E has a restorative effect.

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