Signs Of A Vitamin Deficiency


Do you feel tired or irritated more often than usual? Do you sleep poorly or do you suffer from falling asleep? Maybe you are deficient in vitamins. Learn to recognize the signs that indicate such a shortage!

Are you deficient in vitamins?

First and foremost: what is a vitamin? A vitamin is a molecule that is necessary for the functioning of the human body and that can be produced naturally by your body through synthesis. If the body cannot produce the vitamins, they must be supplied through the diet or by taking dietary supplements.

Each individual has different needs that depend on their age, diet, and lifestyle. If you listen carefully to your body, you can recognize the signs that you are deficient in one or more vitamins. The most common sign of a vitamin deficiency is fatigue, but beware: symptoms may vary depending on the vitamin in question. Follow the guide!

  • Vitamin A deficiency: Vitamin A contributes to the maintenance of good vision and to the normal functioning of the immune system. A lack of it can be manifested by dry tissues (eyes and skin), a difficult view of poorly lit areas or repeated infections.
  • Vitamin B1 deficiency: Because it plays an important role in energy production, vitamin B1 improves psychological functions and the proper functioning of the nervous system. If any of those features are deteriorating, you may be deficient.
  • Vitamin B2 deficiency: Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin, contributes to the energy metabolism caused by macronutrients and to the production of red blood cells. You may find yourself deficient if you feel tired or have lesions to the skin and mucous membranes (e.g., cracked lips) or if you have vision problems.
  • Vitamin B3 deficiency: Vitamin B3 plays a role in the release of energy and helps keep the skin normal. You may find yourself deficient when you feel very tired and have trouble concentrating.
  • Vitamin B5 deficiency: Vitamin B5 plays a role in maintaining energy levels and intellectual performance, and also acts on the metabolism of certain neurotransmitters. A feeling of lethargy and a reduced ability to concentrate can indicate a lack of vitamin B5.

What can you do about a vitamin deficiency?

There can be many reasons why you are deficient in vitamins. It can occur with chronic stress, during pregnancy, or when you are breastfeeding … You can also get a deficiency if you take certain medicines or if your diet is unbalanced.
But don’t panic! The severe form of vitamin deficiency is rare, but to feel full of energy again, you need to absorb enough vitamins.

Dietary supplements can be an easy and inexpensive solution to replenish your amount of vitamins. These supplements provide you with the necessary vitamins if the diet is no longer sufficient.

These supplements are useful important to:

  • ensure that the organism maintains a good condition and vitality thanks to their content of vitamins B1, B3, B6, B8, B9 and C, which help fight fatigue;
  • Contribute to the growth of bones and the maintenance of the immune system thanks to vitamin D.
Nate Douglas

Nate has worked as a nutritionist for over 14 years. He holds a Master's Degree in dietetics from the University of Texas. His passions include working out, traveling and podcasting.