Lack of vitamins. Nutritional deficiencies can occur for several reasons, including medications and alcoholism. About 40% of people are iron deficient, 15% are iodine deficient and 405 of children grow up without enough vitamin A.
The most dangerous nutritional deficiencies are vitamin D, vitamin B12 and magnesium.
Lack of vitamins. Vitamin D
Harvard scientists say that a low level of vitamin D increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and no less than 17 cancers.
“Most people have jobs that require them to stay in the office from morning to night, so they are not exposed to the sun for 15 minutes a day, as would be necessary for the required daily dose of vitamin D,” explains Dr. Leslie Matthews.
Research shows that vitamin D deficiency leads to 85,000 cancer deaths in the United States each year.
Dr. Leslie Matthews recommends regular consumption of fatty fish such as sardines, salmon and trout and the use of vitamin D supplements to solve the problem.
More than 40% of people over the age of 26 are deficient in this essential vitamin. It is a silent epidemic, says the doctor, especially for vegetarians and people over 60 years.
Vitamin B12 is essential for the formation of red blood cells, for neurological function and for DNA synthesis. Recently, research has shown a link between vitamin B12 deficiency and the use of heartburn drugs, which inhibit gastric acid. People who use proton pump inhibitors to treat gastroesophageal reflux and other stomach and esophageal conditions for two or more years have a 65% higher risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.
Vitamin B12 deficiency has serious symptoms, including anemia and nerve damage.
“The body needs gastric acid to absorb vitamin B12,” explains Dr. Matthews. Diabetes, thyroid disease and alcohol abuse are other common causes of a lack of this important nutrient.
Vitamin B12 is found in products of animal origin such as fish, meat, dairy products and eggs and in whole grains.
Magnesium deficiency has been associated with type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma and colon cancer.
Magnesium plays an important role in muscle control and in eliminating harmful toxins. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate magnesium-rich foods had fewer strokes.
Signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue and weakness.
Eat more spinach, nuts and dark chocolate to increase your magnesium intake. Magnesium supplements are also widely available.
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