Mineral Deficiency Symptoms and Treatment

There are many essential ingredients our body needs to work properly. Among them are the various minerals that affect almost all vital functions of our organism and that is why it is crucial to obtain the required amount of them on a daily basis. But many people simply forget how important they are and completely neglect their body’s needs. That is the reason why many people suffer from some sort of mineral deficiency. Among many different minerals in our body, some of them are more important than the other.  Every person should particularly pay attention to have necessary levels of Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium and Phosphorous if they want to lead a healthy life as low levels may give us mineral deficiency symptoms.

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Mineral deficiency symptoms and recommended treatment

1. Iron Deficiency

Almost 80% of people all around the world suffer from low levels of Iron in their body and that can cause severe damage to their organism.  Iron is mainly placed in red blood cells where it plays an important role in transporting oxygen. People who are in lack of this mineral will suffer from anaemia making them feel weak or tired that can result in a bad performance.  Children who suffer from anaemia can have difficulties in healthy cognitive and social development. The best way of making sure your organism will get required doses of Iron is by eating healthy. This means having a menu which includes regular intake of meat, fish, beans and lentils.

2. Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium is perhaps the most important mineral in our body since it helps the absorption of other significant minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. It is crucial for muscle contraction, including a contraction of your heart. Also, with magnesium you are to obtain proper hydration, as well as acid-alkaline balance. What is more, magnesium is extremely significant for children since it improves and helps bone growth and vitamin B and C absorption.

However, magnesium deficiency is very frequent with both, children and adults, and it is not always visible at first sight. In case you notice the symptoms like dizziness, muscle weakness, fatigue, irritability, and depression, you are most likely to suffer from magnesium deficiency.

Treating magnesium deficiency can be done through a proper diet and supplements. Moreover, changing your lifestyle will surely contribute to decreasing deficiency of this highly important mineral.

When it comes to supplements, you should eat more green vegetables. These contain a lot of chlorophyll which is in turn rich in magnesium. You should also avoid eating processed and refined foods since they have their magnesium removed.

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3. Potassium Deficiency

Potassium is an ingredient that is crucial for normal muscle contraction. And since human heart is also a muscle Potassium’s value becomes even higher. Some of the symptoms that will show up if your body lacks Potassium are excessive weight loss caused by extended vomiting. Other symptoms also include muscle cramping and weakness; constipation, bloating, or abdominal pain caused by paralysis of the intestines, etc. And if you don’t act right away Potassium deficiency can lead to a muscle paralysis that can cause irregular heart rhythm and even death. So if you want to avoid all of these complications, then you should start eating fruits and vegetables. Among other, bananas, potatoes, plums, and orange juice are particularly rich sources of Potassium.

4. Phosphorus Deficiency

Phosphorus is also a significant mineral in our body, and it is present in every cell. In order to have a positive effect on your body, you need to take care your phosphorus levels are balanced with the levels of calcium. Almost every chemical reaction in your body is related with phosphorus, including energy production, metabolism, and cellular division.

Phosphorus deficiency reflects on weak bones and teeth, less appetite, hair loss, anaemia, fatigue and numbness. All these are the reasons to do some further medical examination, as well as to do your best to reduce deficiency of this essential mineral.

Of course, treating phosphorus, just like magnesium, requires a change of a lifestyle and proper nutrition. Should you want to improve phosphorus levels in your body, then eating cereals, nuts, oil seeds, fish, and meat may largely contribute to achieving your goal.

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5. Calcium Deficiency

The largest amounts of calcium are found in bones and teeth. But calcium also helps in regulating heartbeats, it is a part of blood-clotting, helps in the creation of some hormones, and helps in building muscle. The importance of calcium is huge and for that reason, symptoms like brittle nails, nervousness, tooth decay, high blood pressure, and muscle or bone pain may lead to serious illnesses like osteoporosis.

Calcium deficiency is usually easily treated and it involves adding more calcium to your diet. However, if you plan to take calcium supplements, then visit a doctor, because taking more than recommended dose of calcium can harm you a great deal.


There is a growing tendency these days for people who are concerned they are not receiving an adequate amount of minerals and vitamins from the food they eat to visit pharmacies and the health sections of their supermarkets to purchase bottles of mineral and vitamin supplements. Media advertising plays a big part in this practice as the mineral and vitamin supplements market is huge and advertisers promote the message that people may not be getting all the recommended daily allowance of essential nutrients in their food and offer these alternative and often expensive products.

However there is a general consensus among nutrition experts that the best way to get all the nutrients that our body needs is through food. A balanced diet which is one including plenty of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains generally gives us a mix of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that our body needs to remain healthy. Supplements are generally only required once your doctor has identified mineral deficiency symptoms that cannot be rectified by diet alone.


James Kelly


High Wycombe, Western Australia, 6057


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