June 18, 2011

Vitamins and Minerals Deficiencies

Our body needs a certain minimum amount of vitamins and minerals each day to remain healthy and function properly. A balanced diet normally supplies sufficient vitamins and minerals. However, serious disorders can develop if the diet does not meet our body's needs. Symptoms usually appear when the deficiency is already advanced.

Vitamin A deficiency:

Poor night vision
Dryness of white eye, cheesy material on white eye.
Dry, rough skin
Loss of appetite
Poor body resistance to infection
Weak bones and teeth
Keratomalacia(severe corneal damage that can lead to blindness)

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency

Tiredness,weakness, loss of appetite
Irritability, sleep disturbances
Beri-beri (a metabolic disorder marked by diarrhea, swollen ankles and feet, numbness in the
hands and feet, pain, muscle wasting, heart failure.
Abdominal pain
Mental or emotional disturbances

To be continued ...

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