Vitamin Deficiency Symptoms


Vitamin Deficiency Symptoms

Some of the more common symptoms



Vitamin A

Vitamin A is involved in maintaining a healthy immune system, skin cell reproduction, vision, and cellular communication.

vitamin A

Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Night blindness
  • Color blindness
  • Macular degeneration
  • Eye infections
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dry hair and skin
  • acne-like lumps on arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks
  • Acne
  • Ridges in fingernails


Vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, B7 (biotin) and folate.

The B complex vitamins are integral in keeping the body and mind running in peak condition. 

vitamin B complex

Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Dermatitis
  • Dry skin
  • Cracks in the corner of your mouth
  • Frequent bruising
  • Wounds take a long time to heal
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle mass wasting away
  • Painful muscles or joints
  • Confusion
  • Lack of co-ordination
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Anemia
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea


Folate deficiency in expectant mothers can cause severe neurological birth defects.


Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is important in the formation of red blood cells and normal brain and nervous system function. vitamin B12

Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Numbness and tingling in feet, legs and/or hands
  • Problems with balance
  • Anemia
  • Swollen or inflamed tongue
  • Jaundice
  • General weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Hallucinations and paranoia
  • Memory loss or cognitive problems
  • Vision problems


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant helping to cleanse the body of unwanted chemicals. Because the body does not store Vitamin C it is essential that we obtain an ongoing supply through diet or supplements.

Vitamin C

Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Dry skin
  • Coarse, dry, splitting hair
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gingivitis
  • Anemia
  • Tooth loss
  • Bruising
  • Nosebleeds
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Wounds take a long time to heal
  • Low immune system (recurring colds and flu)


Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a role in bone growth and proper immune function.

About 10 minutes of sun exposure per day will give you your daily vitamin D requirements.

vitamin D

Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Weight problems (overweight or obese)
  • Depression
  • Aching bones and joints
  • Porous and brittle bones (Osteoporosis)
  • Low bone mineral density
  • Softening of bone (Osteomalacia)
  • Rickets (bowed legs, bending of spine)
  • Muscle weakness


Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant protecting the body’s cells from damage, it helps fight against muscle weakness and neurological issues


vitamin E


Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Eye problems (retinopathy and cataracts)
  • Acne, blisters, scar tissue and stretch marks on the skin
  • Anemia
  • Brain function abnormalities
  • Fertility issues


Vitamin K

Vitamin K prevents clotting issues and helps with blood coagulation

vitamin K

Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Blood in stool or urine
  • Bleed very easily
  • Bruise very easily
  • May have heavy menstrual periods
  • Low bone mineral density
  • Osteoporosis


 Essential fatty acids (omega-3)

 Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in normal growth and development, as well as brain function.

omega 3 foods

Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Flaky or scaly skin
  • Dry itchy skin
  • Skin cracking or peeling
  • Red lumps on back of arms
  • Eczema
  • Poor healing of wounds
  • Dry eyes
  • Low immune system
  • Dry and oily skin (mixed)



Calcium is needed for skeletal function and structure and is vital for healthy bones and teeth.


Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Tingling and numbness in fingers, toes and around the mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Coarse hair
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Psoriasis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Low bone mineral density
  • Bone aches and pains
  • Brittle nails



 Iron is needed for oxygen transportation in the body and is essential for the production of red blood cells


Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Anemia
  • Dizziness
  • Short of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Pale skin
  • Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Cold hands and feet



 Magnesium maintains healthy muscle and nerve function, keeps bones strong and supports the immune system magnesium

Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Numbness and tingling in extremities
  • Muscular cramps
  • High blood pressure
  • Hot flushes
  • Fatigue
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Spasms of the eyelids
  • Restless leg syndrome



Zinc deficiency can result in reduced immune function, lethargy, dermatitis and delayed wound healing. It may also present as mental health issues #ref, and delayed physical development.


Signs and symptoms of deficiency

  • Lowered immune system
  • Ongoing, recurring colds and flu
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Diarrhea
  • Brittle hair
  • Dandruff
  • Skin problems
  • Stretch marks
  • White spots on nails
  • Spasms of the eyelids