by Walter Last

 Check out this list of deficiency symptoms to see if you are lacking in some nutrients.

Eye, hair, nail, mouth and skin symptoms are among the early outward warning signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The following compilations may help in diagnosing and treating these deficiencies. However, increased metabolic requirements for indicated deficiencies may persist for a long time after the outward symptoms have disappeared. Many listed symptoms may also be caused or aggravated by allergies and problems with the blood sugar and fat metabolism.

The right-hand column gives the primary deficiencies first, additional treatment or cause is given in parentheses. For each condition only the more prominent nutrients are mentioned. However, all the typical nutrients should be supplied in increased amounts in the treatment of all conditions.


Symptom ~ Deficiency / Treatment / Cause

Bitot's spots - foamy patches on conjunctiva - vitamin A

Bloodshot eyes - boric acid for fungus infection, blue light

Blurred vision - vitamins B2, B6, pantothenic acid

Bulging eyes - vitamin E, nicotinamide, iodine

Cataracts (lens becomes opaque) - vitamins B2, C, E, antioxidants (avoid lactose)

Color-blindness - vitamin A

Conjunctivitis - vitamins A, B2, C (B6, zinc)

Cross-eyes - vitamins E, C, B1, (allergy testing)

Dark spots in front of the eyes - vitamins B6, C, zinc (liver problems)

Dim vision (amblyopia) - vitamins B1, B2, C, B12 (allergy testing)

Dry, hard eyeballs (xerophthalmia) - vitamin A

Farsightedness (hyperopia) - magnesium, potassium, MSM

Glaucoma - magnesium, vitamin C (B2, B1,salt)

Hemorrhaging in the back of the eye (retinitis) - vitamin B6, zinc, bioflavonoids (also magnesium, vitamins C, B2, B12, E, pantothenate)

Infected, ulcerating eyes (keratomalacia) - vitamin A (vitamins C, B2, B6, zinc, blue light, boric acid)

Itching, burning, watery, sandy eyes - vitamin B2

Macular degeneration - vitamins A, B2, B6, magnesium, zinc, antioxidants, bioflavonoids, esp. lutein & zeaxanthin, ginkgo biloba, bilberry, eyebright, MSM, EFA

Near-sightedness (myopia) - chromium, vitamins C, E, D, calcium (proteins, avoid sugars)

Night blindness (nyctalopia) - vitamins A, (B2, B6, zinc)

Red blood vessels in the sclera - vitamin B2

Retinal detachment - zinc, vitamins B6, B2, C, E, A

Sensitive eyes, fear of strong light (photophobia) - vitamins B2, A

Tics of eyelids - magnesium, vitamins B2, B6, zinc

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Symptom ~ Deficiency / Treatment / Cause

Acne - vitamins A, E, B2, B6, C, niacin, biotin, zinc, EFA*, lecithin, MSM, retinoic acid topically (minimize sweet food & fats)

Addison's disease - adrenal exhaustion: increased tanning, especially on skin-folds, scars, elbows, knees; black freckles -

all B vitamins, especially pantothenic acid; vitamin C; all minerals, digestive enzymes, allergy testing, avoid sweet food

Arterial spiders (fine branching arteries on face, neck, chest) - antioxidants, bioflavonoids, glucosamine, cartilage, calcium

Bedsores - vitamins C, E

Blisters - vitamin E

Brown discoloration around small joints - vitamin B12

Brown skin spots - antioxidants (weak liver)

Dry skin - vitamins A, C, EFA

Eczema, skin ulcers - vitamin C, B2, B6, zinc, magnesium, EFA, allergy test, cleanse

Eczema, infantile - EPA, zinc, vitamin B6

Edema - vitamin B6, zinc (also vitamin C, magnesium, avoid salt)

Fingers white, numb, stiff, swellings (Raynaud's disease) - vitamins B6, B1, antioxidants, niacin, magnesium/calcium, EFA

Fungus infections (e.g. athlete's foot, ringworm) - B vitamins, (external tea tree oil, intestinal sanitation)

Gangrene - vitamins C, E, B1 , magnesium chloride, (urine packs)

Greasy dermatitis around eyes, nose - vitamin B6, zinc

Greasy skin eruptions (seborrhea) - vitamin B2

Horny red skin on pressure areas (e.g. knees, elbows) - zinc (vitamin B6)

Hot flushes - vitamin E, boron, magnesium, calcium (Wild Yam cream)

Ichthyosis (fish-like scales) - vitamin A, retinoic acid topically, MSM

Infant dermatitis with inflamed pustules around body openings - vitamin B6, zinc

Infections of the skin (boils, cold sores, impetigo, and so on) - vitamins C, A, B6, zinc, magnesium chloride (hot Epsom-salt packs, tea tree oil or propolis rubs)

Itching - vitamins B, C, EFA, alkalizer, bicarbonate rubs, (allergy tests)

Jaundice - vitamins C, E, A, B12, B6, lecithin, magnesium, zinc (blue light therapy, treat gall bladder & liver)

Keratosis, horny, goose-pimple-like skin - vitamin A internally & externally

Lemon-yellow skin - vitamin B12

Oily skin, white-heads - vitamin B2

Over-sensitivity to sunlight - vitamin B6, zinc, PABA, beta-carotene, antioxidants, bioflavonoids, alkalizers

Pale skin - biotin, folic acid, vitamin B6, , iron (anemia)

Prickly-heat rash - vitamin C

Psoriasis - as for acne; blue light, sunlight; avoid gluten

Purplish or blue-black skin areas - vitamin C, B2, bioflavonoids

Rash - allergy test, alkalizers, vitamin C, calcium

Red-brown, often symmetrical discoloration of skin exposed to the sun, later ulceration - niacin or nicotinamide (folic acid)

Red-brown or dark-red spots - manganese

Rosacea (redness of part of face) - vitamin B2

Scaly dermatitis - biotin

Scaly eczema around nose, ears, scrotum, vulva - vitamin B2

Scar tissue - vitamin E, MSM externally & internally, camphorated oil rub

Scleroderma (hardening and swelling of skin) - vitamin E, C, A, PABA, MSM, magnesium chloride (zapper, pulser and parasite therapy, tea tree oil packs)

Sensitivity to insect bites - vitamin C, B1, calcium, alkalizers, bicarbonate rub/bath

Shingles - vitamins B12, C, A, B, E, zinc, lysine, zinc oxide lotion, zapper

Skin cancer - vitamins A, B6, PABA, antioxidants, bioflavonoids, carotenes, chlorophyll, propolis, zinc (blue light, escharotics)

Skin-folds red, infected - niacin

Stretch-marks - vitamins E, B6, zinc

Subcutaneous bleeding (red or purplish spots under the skin, bruises easily) - vitamin C, bioflavonoids and rutin, grape seed extract, glucosamine, alkalizer

Swellings (for example, face) - zinc, magnesium, vitamins B6, B12

Vaginal itching - vitamins B2, E, C (avoid synthetic underwear, treat Candida)

Warts, moles - vitamins C, A, E

Weals on the skin (urticaria) - vitamin B6, zinc, vitamin C, (alkalizer, allergy test)

White skin patches (vitiligo) - PABA, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, zinc

Wrinkles or aging skin - vitamins C, E, A, EFA, bioflavonoids (too much sun)

* Most skin conditions benefit from external as well as internal application of the indicated nutrients. Retinioc acid is the acid form of vitamin A. EFA means essential fatty acids, mainly linoleic and linolenic acid; recommended are ground-linseed, linseed oil, fish oils and Evening-primrose oil.

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Symptom ~ Deficiency / Treatment / Cause

Coarse, brittle hair - zinc

Dandruff - vitamins B2, B6, zinc, magnesium, biotin

Dry hair - vitamin A, zinc

Greying hair - folic acid, pantothenic acid, PABA, biotin, minerals (weak adrenals, avoid sweet food)

Hangnails - vitamin C, folic acid, proteins

Hair loss - copper/lead contamination: use zinc, vitamin B6, sulfur (MSM), selenium, biotin

Nails opaque, white spots/bands - zinc, vitamin B6

Oily hair - vitamin B2

Peeling nails - vitamins A, C, calcium

Ridges on nails, longitudinal - vitamin A, protein, calcium (anemia, poor circulation, thyroid/parathyroid glands)

Ridges on nails, transverse - fever, infection, inflammation, menstrual problems, period of protein deficiency

Scaling of cuticle or lips - biotin

With graying hair or hair loss improve the circulation to the scalp, e.g. daily inversion such as headstand, shoulder-stand, hanging upside down or using a slant-board. Also vigorously rubbing nourishing or slightly irritating solutions into the scalp, e.g. fresh grass or vegetable juice, MSM with copper salicylate, ginger juice.

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Mouth problems are often due to amalgam fillings, allergies or Candida infestation (thrush).

Symptom ~ Deficiency / Treatment / Cause

Beefy, enlarged tongue - pantothenic acid

Burning, sore tongue - vitamins B2, B6, B12, niacin

Cracked lips & corners of the mouth (cheilosis) - vitamins B2, B6, folic acid

Distended, purplish-blue veins under the tongue - vitamin B2 (circulation poor, congested)

Edema or tooth-marks on tongue - niacin/nicotinamide

Furrowed tongue - vitamin B1, pantothenic acid

Gums receding, bleeding (gingivitis) - vitamin C, bioflavonoids, calcium, alkalizers

Halitosis (bad breath) - vitamin B6, zinc, magnesium, propolis, chlorophyll (cleansing, intestinal sanitation)

Mouth ulcers, canker - folic acid, vitamin B6, zinc (alkalize, allergy test)

Papillae prominent or erased - niacin/nicotinamide

Purplish or magenta tongue or lips, also veins under the tongue - vitamin B2

Tongue red at tip or edges; severe deficiency: whole tongue scarlet red, sore - niacin (vitamin B6)

Tongue shiny, smooth, beefy; early sign: strawberry-red tip/sides - vitamin B12, folic acid

Tongue too small or too large - niacin, pantothenic acid

White-coated tongue - intestinal putrefaction, cleansing

White patches on tongue - vitamin B2 and other B vitamins (allergy)

Yellowish-brown-coated tongue - liver or gall bladder problems

Disclaimer: The aim of this web site is to provide information on using natural healing methods to aid in the treatment of illness and health improvement.
The author cannot accept any legal responsibility for any problem arising from experimenting with these methods. For any serious disease,
or if you are unsure about a particular course of action, seek the help of a competent health professional.

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