According to Dr. Christine Pfeiffer, a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the US, there is 1 person out of 10 people who suffer from malnutrition. Here are 7 types of nutrients which you are potentially missing as well as how to supply them to the body.
Our body needs vitamin B6 for more than 100 different enzymatic reactions, and it is needed during pregnancy for the brain development of the fetus. If there is a vitamin B6 deficiency, we can have a high risk of colon cancer and other cancers, rash or cracks in the corners of the mouth. Try to get the necessary nutrients from food before taking supplements. Vitamin B6 is found in tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey and beef, according to Dr. Pfeiffer.
Iron is of great importance for growth. It helps the body to produce hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells which carries oxygen to all parts of the body. If iron is deficient (mild or severe depending on the level) you may feel tired or feel cold, or worse, gastrointestinal bleeding due to not eating enough iron-rich foods. Iron is found in lean meat, seafood, poultry as well as some types of beans, nuts, and some dried fruits, according to Ms. Sonya Angelone, a spokeswoman of the Institute of Nutrition and Diet.
Vitamin D is also important for muscles and helps the nerves carry messages from the brain to the body. It also helps the immune system fight the other diseases. If vitamin D level is too low, you can easily break your bone and suffer from bone pain.
There is not much vitamin D in food, said Angelone. Exposure to sunlight is the most effective way to enhance bone health, however, we should apply sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.
Vitamin A helps maintain vision, strengthen the immune system, helps the heart, lungs and kidneys work efficiently. It is found in salmon, cantaloupe, apricots and milk.
Vitamin B12 helps keep the nerve and blood cells healthy. If vitamin B12 level is low, you may feel tired or weak, or numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.You can supply vitamin B12 from foods such as beef liver, oysters and poultry.
Vitamin E helps to protect cells from damage caused by environmental pollution and keep the immune system strong. Vitamin E is found in vegetable oil, nuts, spinach, broccoli, cereals, and other foods.Most people do not get enough vitamin E, therefore, there is almost no sign of deficiency. Nevertheless, you may experience loss of vision or loss of sensation in the limbs if vitamin E level is too low.
Vitamin C helps the body fight against damage by free radicals as well as healing wounds and strengthen the immune system. A deficiency of vitamin C is less common than other kinds of vitamin, but you can also lack this nutrient if you suffer from gingivitis, joint pain and slow healing of wounds.The amount of vitamin C you need daily depends on your age. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, red pepper, kiwi and strawberry…