Nutritional Deficiencies

  • Anemia

    Anemia

    Anemia, a low number of red blood cells, is the most common blood condition in United States. It can be caused by iron and vitamin B12 deficiency. Women, seniors and those with chronic diseases are at highest risk for developing anemia.

  • Purpuric Rash

    Purpuric Rash

    A purpuric rash caused by vitamin C deficiency, which can lead to scurvy.

  • Scurvy

    Scurvy

    Secondary stage scurvy with bleeding wounds on limbs caused by a lack of vitamin C. Scurvy can be reversed by eating vitamin or fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Rickets

    Rickets

    Legs of a person with rickets, a disease caused by vitamin D or calcium deficiency and lack of sunlight. Rickets occurs mostly in children and causes weakened bones.

  • Ariboflavinosis

    Ariboflavinosis

    Inflammation of the tongue and lips caused by vitamin B2 deficiency.

  • Pellegra

    Pellegra

    Cracked and inflamed skin on the face of a child indicates that he has a vitamin B3 deficiency. Vitamin B3 exists in two forms: niacinamide and niacin. Good sources of vitamin B3 are liver meat, groundnuts and seeds from the sunflower plant.

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Nutrient deficiencies can cause clinical disease, and occur most often among infants, the elderly, impoverished individuals and people with eating disorders. Inadequate intake, abnormal absorption and improper utilization are just a few physical conditions that can cause deficiency.

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