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Bad breath, cracked lips, headaches, stress, dandruff or PMS? You may just have a vitamin deficiency

Mirror logo Mirror 20/04/2017 Chris Pharo

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause a whole range of health problems (Photo: Getty) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause a whole range of health problems (Photo: Getty) Everyday symptoms which could show you have a vitamin or mineral deficiency, including cracked lips, headaches – and bad breath – have been revealed by experts. 

Persistent dandruff, itchy or dry skin, low mood and even stress could also be signs you need more of a certain vitamin or mineral in your diet.

Other issues which could point to a deficiency include thinning hair, a low libido , white spots on your nails and tiredness.

The findings, from a survey by Healthspan to launch its new magnesium range, showed 44 per cent of Brits have no idea about the different vitamins and minerals they should be consuming.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty One in twenty of the 2,000 adults polled believe they need to be eating krill oil and vegetable oil for a healthy body, while some even said they thought kryptonite and kerosene are essential vitamins and minerals.

And almost six in ten admit they are clueless about the signs which could show they are suffering from a mineral deficiency.

Worryingly, almost half of Brits are unaware that taking medication , antibiotics and even drinking tea and coffee can all affect how you absorb vitamins and minerals.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Healthspan’s head of nutrition Rob Hobson said: “Many of these symptoms are things people put up with every day, thinking they are just par for the course.

“But often, they could be a sign that you are suffering a vitamin or mineral deficiency and simply eating foods which contain the item you are lacking could ease your symptoms.

“For example, a headache could be an indicator that you need more magnesium, vitamin B12 and B6 – something you can get from eating pumpkin seeds, prunes, banana or fortified soy milk.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty “And even bad breath, while a possible sign of poor oral hygiene, could also be linked to your gut health and an iron deficiency.

“It’s important to bear in mind that your ability to absorb vitamins and minerals can also be affected by medications you are taking, such as antibiotics or the oral contraceptive pill as well as aspects of your diet such as whether you drink tea or coffee.”

Cracking lips can be a sign of a vitamin C or iron deficiency, with eating more red meat, red peppers, kale and tofu a way of boosting levels of the vitamins and minerals in your diet.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Persistent dandruff could be an indicator you need more biotin or vitamin B7 while feeling stressed could be a sign you need to consume more magnesium, zinc or essential fatty acids.

A magnesium deficiency could also be indicated by insomnia, PMS and restless legs.

And thinning hair could be a result of a mild iron and vitamin C deficiency and white spots on the nails could signal a lack of zinc and iron.

The research found 36 per cent of people have made a conscious effort to boost their intake of certain vitamins and minerals because they felt they were lacking in them, while 28 per cent have even sought professional help.

And one in five have suffered from a symptom or health condition which was caused by a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

It also emerged 41 per cent of Brits are currently taking a supplement, with 68 per cent of those saying they do so to improve their health.

But almost one in five have the supplement as an insurance policy and one in ten take it for a "quick boost".

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Healthspan’s Dr Sarah Brewer added: “An estimated 40 per cent of UK adults take at least one dietary supplement , whether vitamins, minerals, fish oils, glucosamine, isoflavones or herbal remedies such as Devil’s Claw or Saw Palmetto. 

“Many people taking a food supplement or herbal remedy are also taking at least one prescribed drug.

“In fact, the popularity of complementary medicine has now increased to the extent that 30 per cent of people use them at the same time as conventional medications.

“Although the risk of serious interactions between vitamins, minerals and prescribed drugs is low, many drugs appear to deplete body stores of vitamins and minerals and, in these cases, a replenishing supplement is desirable – but are you taking the right one?

“Many popular dietary ingredients also deplete levels of certain vitamins and minerals and can interfere with the absorption of food supplements.”

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Do you have a vitamin deficiency?

Cracking lips

What could be: Iron and/or vitamin C deficiency

Foods which can help: red meat, red peppers, kale, tofu

Persistent dandruff

What could be: Biotin or vitamin B7 plus deficient in essential fatty acids

Foods which can help: fresh salmon, almonds, peanut butter, sunflower seeds

Thinning hair

What could be: Could be mild iron and vitamin C deficiency

Foods which can help: Lemons, kiwi fruit, strawberries, red kidney beans

Psoriasis

What could be: Vitamin D deficiency plus mixed vitamin B, zinc and essential fatty acid deficiency

Foods which can help: Eggs, prawns, fresh tuna, mushrooms

Itchy/dry skin

What could be: Omega-6 essential fatty acid deficiency

Foods which can help: Sunflower seeds, pine nuts, sesame seeds, turkey mince

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Acne

What could be: Possible zinc deficiency

Foods which can help: Crab, spinach, cashew nuts, cocoa powder

White spots on nails

What could be: Could be lack of zinc or iron

Foods which can help: Lean pork, mushrooms, chickpeas, dried apricots

Split brittle nails

What could be: Iron deficiency

Foods which can help: Flaxseed, chicken liver, pistachio nuts, lentils

Red greasy skin at side of nose

What could be: Sign of Vitamin B2 (riboflavin and or vitamin B6 and/or zinc deficiency

Foods which can help: Feta cheese, almonds, mackerel, asparagus

Recurrent mouth ulcers, sore tongue

What could be: Iron, folic acid, and vitamin B12, B3 deficiency

Foods which can help: Black beans, pak choi, avocado, trout

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Bad Breath

What could be: Poor oral hygiene but can be linked to gut health as well as iron deficient

Foods which can help: Raisins, peas, fortified breakfast cereals, adzuki beans

Headaches

What could be: Magnesium plus could be vitamin B12 and B6 as well dietary factors

Foods which can help: Pumpkin seeds, prunes, banana, fortified soy milk

Lost sense of taste

What could be: Possible zinc deficiency

Foods which can help: Eggs, red meat, yoghurt, red kidney beans

Depression

What could be: Low in Vitamin B, Vitamin D, magnesium deficient as well as low in essential fatty acids

Foods which can help: Cashew nuts, kale, mushrooms, barley

Low Mood

What could be: Vitamin D as well as the B vitamins and magnesium

Foods which can help: Quinoa, salmon, avocado, French beans

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Low Libido

What could be: This time of year can be vitamin D

Foods which can help: Mushrooms, fortified breakfast cereals, mackerel, eggs

Anxiety

What could be: A whole raft of deficiencies from vitamin D, magnesium, B vitamins and even calcium

Foods which can help: Tofu, milk, bananas, dates

Stress

What could be: Magnesium, zinc, essential fatty acids deficiency

Foods which can help: Fresh tuna, cocoa powder, prawns, sunflower seeds

Tired all time

What could be: B vitamins, iron and magnesium deficiencies but also underactive thyroid

Foods which can help: Dried apricots, prunes, liver, walnuts

Can’t sleep/insomnia

What could be: Could be deficient in magnesium

Foods which can help: Spring greens, Brazil nuts, soya beans, chickpeas

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Restless legs

What could be: Lack of magnesium/iron or folate

Foods which can help: Avocado, dried oregano, bulger wheat, dark chocolate

Aching joints

What could be: Low levels of Magnesium, potassium, sodium, vitamin B1 and vitamin D if there is hypocalcaemia (low calcium levels)

Foods which can help: Trout, pork, chia seeds, macadamia nuts

PMS

What could be: Low levels of magnesium and levels of oestrogen

Foods which can help: Cashew nuts, pumpkin seeds, mackerel, wild rice

Cold hands and feet

What could be: Could be due to anaemia so lack of iron

Foods which can help: Red meat, kale, tofu, cumin

Related: 10 Signs You Have a Vitamin Deficiency and What You Should Eat to Change That (Provided by The Daily Meal New Spanfeller)

10 Signs You Have a Vitamin Deficiency and What You Should Eat to Change That: <p><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/10-foods-help-vitamin-d-deficiency/12714"><strong>Vitamin deficiency</strong></a> is difficult to pinpoint, specifically because you can experience a range of symptoms that are a result of not eating enough nutritious foods. Whether it be fatigue, dizziness, muscle weakness, mental confusion, or shortness of breath, vitamin deficiency can cause you to experience uncomfortable sensations. We spoke with Dr. Romy Block and Dr. Arielle Levitan, co-authors of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Vitamin-Solution-Confusion-Vitamins/dp/1631520148"><strong>The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear the Confusion about Vitamins and Your Health</strong></a>, about the vitamins and minerals deficiencies that are worth investigating if you are experiencing health problems.</p> 10 Signs You Have a Vitamin Deficiency and What You Should Eat to Change That

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