Symptoms of Mineral Deficiency Disorders
As mentioned in a previous post, we need healthy foods and supplements to supply our bodies with the necessary vitamins and minerals. We have discussed some of the symptoms of the different vitamin deficiency disorders in that post. We now move on to the symptoms of the different mineral deficiency disorders that may affect our health and well-being.
Calcium is one of the most popular and most important minerals that our body needs. It affects the blood, bones, heart, muscles, skin, soft tissues and teeth as well as the digestive system, immune system, and nervous system. Calcium deficiency may result to fragile bones, numbness of arms and legs, muscle cramps, aching joints, arthritis, brittle fingernails, tooth decay, gum disease, heart palpitations, hypertension, insomnia, irritability, and bone disorders such as osteomalacia, osteoporosis and osteopenia. For optimum absorption and utilization of calcium in the body, vitamin D is needed.
Essential for developing a healthy immune system and for providing energy, a deficiency in iron may cause iron deficiency anemia, resulting to pale skin, irritability and fatigue. Deficiency can also cause difficulty in breathing, brittle nails, dizziness, constipation, inflamed tongue, and falling-out of hair.
Iodine deficiency in children has been known to result to mental retardation. Iodine is needed only in very small amounts, but its significance in the body is great as it affects the immune system, the thyroid and the brain. An impaired mental and physical development may be experienced by those suffering from a deficiency in iodine.Tags: calcium deficiency, iodine deficiency, iron deficiency, mineral deficiency