5 Signs You Are Experiencing a Vitamin Deficiency

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Anne Marie Ponce de Leon

Thanks to modern-day solutions, the fear of getting sick or worse due to a vitamin deficiency is no longer as common. This condition can lead to different diseases, such as pellagra or scurvy, depending on the type of deficiency a person has. 

That said, while these diseases are no longer widespread, vitamin deficiencies are actually still quite common. They might not have such dire consequences as before, but they can still lead to noticeable symptoms that can negatively affect a person’s quality of life. 

If you want to know some of the signs that you might have a vitamin deficiency, this article will go over five examples to watch out for

1. Dandruff 

Dandruff generally happens on a person’s scalp and can be caused by many factors. However, one possible reason is a lack of vitamins or minerals. For instance, not getting zinc or vitamin B2 can lead to dandruff. This means if you have scaly patches on your scalp or stubborn dandruff, you may be missing these vitamins and minerals. Do note that the connection between the two is not yet fully understood, but it does not hurt to play it safe. 

2. Hair loss 

Hair loss is a common problem that many people deal with. While the causes can vary, one possible reason is a lack of iron, zinc, vitamin B3, or vitamin B7. However, taking these nutrients will not completely prevent hair loss, but it can slow it down quite significantly. Making sure your diet includes the proper vitamins and minerals is a great way to hold onto your hair for longer.

3. Brittle nails

Brittle nails generally occur because of a lack of a vitamin known as Biotin. Also called vitamin B7, this nutrient is necessary for converting the food you eat into energy. While B7 deficiency is not common, it can still pose a risk. Its symptoms include brittle nails and hair, so consider taking supplements or altering your diet if you experience these problems. 

4. Mouth ulcers

Ulcers around the mouth, also known as canker sores, are commonly caused by iron deficiency. A lack of vitamin B1, B2, and B6 are also possible causes. Note that ulcers may not be the only problem, as other issues, such as cracks in the corners of your mouth, might also develop.

5. Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums can be caused by various things, such as brushing too hard. However, a lack of vitamin C can also be the cause. Vitamin C is responsible for healing and immunity, which means that a deficiency can lead to the slow recovery of wounds and a weak immune response. As such, sufficient consumption of vitamin C can ensure that your body remains healthy and eliminate the chances of severe issues, such as scurvy.


If you find that any of the symptoms above apply to you, chances are you are missing out on some essential vitamins and minerals. Integrating healthy food choices into your diet is the best way to ensure that your body gets all the nutrients it needs to function properly.

If you are still concerned about vitamin deficiency, reach out to your doctor. They will determine any problems you are facing and give you recommendations about what you can do to address them. If you need a solution right away, consider an IV therapy for vitamin deficiency. It is a great way to revitalize your body with the nutrients it needs, maintaining your health and quality of life.

Z Med Clinic is a family healthcare clinic in Texas, offering state-of-the-art medical care and support. If you are interested in IV infusion therapy to address a vitamin deficiency, schedule an appointment with us today.

Anne Marie Ponce de Leon

Medical Director

About Anne Marie Ponce de Leon

Anne Marie Ponce de Leon MD is a proud native Houstonian. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Houston Baptist University with a double major in Biology and History. For medical school, she attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (recently renamed McGovern Medical School). She began her family practice training at Tufts University Medical School in Boston, MA, but subsequently returned to Houston where she completed her residency at the Memorial Southwest Family Practice Program.

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