Nutrient Deficiency & Toxicity

Biotin Deficiency

  • Alopecia
  • Anemia
  • Anorexia and nausea
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hyperglycemia (Diabetes)
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dry, greyish skin
  • Pale smooth tongue

Calcium Deficiency

  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Brittle fingernails
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Delusions
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Limb numbness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nervousness
  • Neuromuscular excitability
  • Osteomalacia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Palpitations
  • Paresthesia
  • Periodontal disease
  • Pica
  • Rickets
  • Retarded growth
  • Tetany
  • Tooth decay

 

Calcium Toxicity

  • Anorexia
  • Aphasia
  • Ataxia
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory Loss
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Psychosis
  • Arrhythmias
  • Fat intolerance
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Growth retardation
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver Impairment

 

Chromium Deficiency

 

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes
  • Retarded Growth/ short life span
  • Hypercholesterolemia

 

Chromium Toxicity

 

  • Dermatitis
  • G I ulcers
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Liver dysfunction

 

Copper Deficiency

 

  • Alopecia
  • Anemia (microcytic)
  • Aneurysm / cerebral hemorrage
  • Criminal behavior
  • Depression
  • Dermatosis
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Fragile bones/ Arthritis
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Otosis (“lipping” of epiphyseal plates)
  • Respiratory disease
  • Weakness/ liver cirritosis
  • Swachman’s syndrome

 

Copper Toxicity

 

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nervousness

 

Folic Acid Deficiency

 

  • Anemia (megaloblastic)
  • Anorexia
  • Apathy
  • Birth defects (spina bifida, hydroencephalocoele)
  • G I upsets/ diarrhea
  • Dyspepsia
  • Fatigue
  • Geographic tongue
  • Growth retardation
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Paranoia
  • Vitiligo
  • Weakness

Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency

  • Acne
  • Alopecia
  • Arthritis
  • Atrophy of endocrine glands
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry brittle hair
  • Eczema
  • Endocrine dysfunction
  • Fatty degeneration of the liver
  • Gall stones
  • Growth retardation
  • Immunologic dysfunction
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Infertility
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Positive sweat test (cystic fibrosis, anorexia nervosa, etc.)
  • Xerosis

Inositol Deficiency

  • Alopecia
  • Constipation
  • Eczema
  • Hypercholesterolemia

 

Iodine Deficiency

 

  • Goiter
  • Fatigue
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Low basal body temperature
  • Weight gain

 

Iron Deficiency

 

  • Anemia (microcytic)
  • Angular stomatitis
  • Anorexia
  • Brittle nails
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Depression dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Fatigue
  • Fragile bones
  • G I upset
  • Growth retardation
  • Headaches
  • Pica
  • Irritability palpitations

Iron toxicity

  • Anorexia
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

 

Magnesium Deficiency

 

  • Anxiety/ confusion/ irritability/ restlessness
  • Birth defects
  • Depression
  • Hyperactivity/ sonophobia
  • Hypotension
  • Hypothermia
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain/ muscle tremors/ muscle weakness
  • Nervousness/ neuromuscular irritability
  • SIDS
  • Seizures
  • Tachycardia/ palpitations

 

Manganese Deficiency

 

  • Ataxia
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Muscle Therapy
  • Pancreatic atrophy
  • Tinnitus

 

Manganese Toxicity

 

  • Anorexia
  • Impaired judgement
  • Parkinsonism
  • Memory loss

Niacin Deficiency

  • Anorexia & nausea
  • Canker sores
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Localizes scaly, dark pigmented dermatitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Crying jags, emotional fatigue
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Headache
  • Dyspepsia
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Limb pains
  • Memory loss
  • Muscular weakness
  • Skin eruptions/ eczema

Niacin Toxicity

  • Niacin “flush”
  • Liver impairment

 

Pantothenic Acid (B-5) Deficiency

 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Alopecia
  • Burning feet
  • Coordination impairment
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Faintness
  • Fatigue
  • Hypotension
  • Infections
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Nervousness
  • Tachycardia
  • Weakness

Para Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA) Deficiency

  • Constipation
  • Depression/ headache/ irritability
  • G I disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Graying hair

Phosphorus Deficiency

  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Apprehension
  • Bone Pain
  • Dyspnea
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Numbness
  • Paresthesias
  • Pica
  • Tremulousness
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss

Phosphorus Toxicity

  • Calcium malabsorption
  • Loose teeth
  • Osteoporosis/ Arthritis
  • Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Tooth loss
  • Weight loss

 

Potassium Deficiency

 

  • Acne
  • Arrhythmia
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • ECG changes
  • Edema
  • Fatigue
  • Glucose intolerance
  • Growth retardation
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hyperreflexia
  • Hypotension
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Nervousness
  • Palpitations
  • Polydipsia
  • Proteinuria
  • Respiratory distress
  • “salt” retention
  • Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
  • Xerosis

Potassium Toxicity

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphasia
  • Weakness

Pyridoxine (B-6) Deficiency

  • Acne
  • Alopecia
  • Anemia
  • Anorexia & nausea
  • Arthritis
  • Cheilosis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Facial oiliness
  • Fatigue
  • Geographic tongue
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Neurologic Symptoms
  • Seizures
  • Stomatitis
  • Stunted growth
  • Weakness

Pyridoxine Toxicity

  • “electric shock” sensations
  • Paresthesia

Riboflavin (B-2) deficiency

  • Alopecia
  • Blurred vision
  • Cataracts
  • Cheilosis
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis (drying, greasy, scaling)
  • Dizziness
  • Eyes (itching, burning, red)
  • Geographic tongue
  • Growth Retardation
  • Pancreatic atrophy & fibrosis
  • Photophobia

 

Selenium Deficiency

 

  • Cataracts
  • Cancer risk
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Growth retardation “heart attack”
  • Impaired immunity
  • Keshan Disease (myocardial fibrosis)
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Pancreatic Atrophy & fibrosis (cystic fibrosis)
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Sterility in males

Selenium Toxicity

  • Alopecia
  • Arthritis
  • Brittle nails
  • Garlic breath
  • Metallic Taste
  • Kidney Dysfunction
  • Liver Dysfunction

Sodium Deficiency

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Anorexia
  • Ataxia
  • Confusion
  • Crying jags
  • Depression
  • Dermatosis
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Flatulence
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Hypotension
  • Illusions
  • Infections
  • Lethargy
  • Memory loss
  • Muscular weakness
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Taste loss
  • Weight loss

 

Sodium Toxicity

 

  • Anorexia
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Edema (especially low protein diets)
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertonia
  • Irritability
  • Polydipsia
  • Polyuria
  • Renal failure
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Weight gain

 

Vitamin B-1 Deficiency

 

  • Anorexia
  • Brain atrophy (senility)
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Coordination impairment
  • Depression dyspnea (labored breathing_
  • G I upset
  • Edema
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Nervousness
  • Numbness hands and feet
  • Pain hypersensitivity
  • Palpitations
  • Sonophobia
  • Weakness

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

  • Achlorhydria
  • Anemia
  • Birth Defects
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Dyspnea (labored breathing)
  • Fatigue
  • G I Upset
  • Geographic Tongue
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Moodiness
  • Numbness
  • Palpitations
  • Psychosis
  • Spinal cord degeneration

Vitamin A Deficiency

  • Acne
  • Anosmia (loss of smell)
  • Birth Defects
  • Dry hair/ alopecia
  • Fatigue
  • Growth Retardation
  • Hyperkeratosis
  • Infections
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Night blindness
  • Weight loss
  • Xerophthalmia
  • Xerosis

Vitamin A Toxicity

  • Abdominal pain
  • Alopecia
  • Amenorrhea
  • Cheilosis
  • G I upset
  • Hepatomegaly
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Irritability
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pruritis
  • Splenomegaly
  • Weight loss

 

Vitamins C Deficiency

 

  • Bleeding gums/ loose teeth
  • Depression/ malaise/ tiredness
  • Easy bruising
  • Impaired healing
  • Irritability
  • Join pain

Vitamin D deficiency

  • Burning in mouth
  • Burning in throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Myopia
  • Nervousness
  • Osteomalacia
  • Rickets
  • Trouble absorbing Calcium

Vitamin D Toxicity

  • Angiotoxicity (calcification)
  • Arteriosclerosis (Angiotoxicity)
  • Liver dysfunction
  • “malignant” Calcification

Vitamin E Deficiency

  • Alopecia
  • Areflexia
  • Dermatitis
  • Gait disturbances
  • Infertility
  • Malabsorption
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Ophthalmoplegia
  • Proprioception problems
  • RBC fragility
  • Vibratory sense Dysfunction

Vitamin K Deficiency

  • Poor clotting time
  • Osteoporosis

 

Vanadium Deficiency

 

  • Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia

 

Zinc Deficiency

 

  • Acne
  • Alopecia
  • Anorexia
  • Apathy
  • Birth Defects
  • Brittle nails
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Fatigue
  • Growth retardation
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hypogeusia (loss of sensation of taste)
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Impotence
  • Infertility
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Malabsorption
  • Memory loss
  • Paranoia
  • Sexual immaturity
  • Sterility
  • White spots on nails

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