We all know that vitamins and minerals – whether we get them from fresh fruit and vegetables or supplements – are essential for our health. But how do we know if we’re not getting enough? And how can we be sure our medications aren’t affecting our vitamin absorption?
Lucky for you, we’ve got the answers to all your questions.
1. Signs of deficiency
Vitamin deficiency can manifest itself in a number of ways that can mimic symptoms of other conditions, so if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s worth a visit to your GP.
- Dry, flaky skin
- Small wounds that take a long time to heal
- Unexpected bruises
- Dull, brittle nails
- Spots, stripes and ridges on the nails
- Brittle hair
- Hair loss
- Poor concentration
- Lack of energy
2. Which vitamin does what
We all know the basics, like that calcium is essential for healthy bones and that beta carotene (which turns into vitamin A) is good for eyesight, but what do the rest do? Let’s find out.