11 Common Nutrient Deficiencies, Part 327/01/2016
What Are the Eleven Greatest Nutrient Deficiencies Today?
In parts 1 and 2 we discussed Vitamin D, Omega-3 fats, Vitamin K2, and magnesium.
5. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is present in its natural form only in animal sources. (beef, lamb, venison, poultry, and selective seafood. It is necessary for energy, blood cell formation, DNA synthesis and myelin formation. Because stomach acid is needed to liberate vitamin B12 from food, acid blockers damage the ability to get the vitamin from food.
6. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is necessary for normal brain health, for healthy fat metabolism and protection against free radical damage. The best way to get ample vitamin E is to choose nuts, seeds, olive oil, beans and green vegetables (spinach and broccoli) as food choices.
7. Vitamin A
Vitamin A, like vitamin D is essential for your immune system, as well as for healthy skin, teeth, bones, cell membranes and vision. Vitamin A is manufactured in your gut from carotenoids found in your food.
It is estimated that 40% of the world population is at risk of iodine deficiency. Iodine is necessary for healthy thyroid function. There is increasing evidence that low iodine may be related to cancer, particularly breast cancer. Good sources of iodine are Kelp (Seaweed in very small quantities) raw milk and eggs.
Calcium is needed for strong, healthy bones as well as vitamin D, magnesium and vitamin K. Good sources of calcium and the other bone nutrients are green leafy vegetables, spinach, brussel sprouts.
Iron is essential to life especially for making hemoglobin for our red blood cells. More than 25% of the population is deficient in iron. The best way to check your iron level is with a serum ferritin test. Low ferritin means low iron levels. Good sources of iron are red meat, seeds, nuts, green leafy vegetables and dark chocolate. Do not supplement iron without supervision from a healthcare practitioner. Elevated iron can be a potentially serious risk.
Choline is a B-vitamin known for its importance in brain development. Symptoms of choline deficiency are memory problems, lethargy and brain fog. Best sources of choline are organic eggs and grass-fed meats.
I know I said eleven, but I can’t leave off zinc. Most people are zinc deficient. Zinc is needed for everything. Sources are meat, spinach, cashews, pumpkin seeds.