Some of the supplementation successes I had in the decade or so I was experimenting with nutritional therapy, aka orthomolecular therapy.
Here’s a list of deficiency symptoms I’ve noticed over the past decade or so, many of which have changed or disappeared over time.
Where blank, symptoms are no longer noticed. To put this more accurately, these are symptoms which resolved with the noted supplements, repeatedly over a period of years.
|Nutrient (vitamin, mineral, etc.)||Past deficiency symptoms||Current symptoms|
|Vitamin A||dry eyes, dry lips, earache, vertigo, acne|
|Vitamin B-complex (that is, B vitamins in general)||bad facial skin, low mood, fatigue|
|Vitamin B1 (thiamin or thiamine)||suppressed breathing|
|Vitamin B3 (niacin)||burning tongue|
|Vitamin B12||fatigue, low mood, heels split open dramatically, headaches when taking vitamin b6 or iron, getting up at night to use loo, sweating, burning tongue|
|Biotin||hair fall, blurry vision, low blood sugar|
|Vitamin C||easy bruising, (also used to lower high histamine not caused by vitamin C deficiency)|
|Calcium||facial numbness, insomnia, leg pain, anxiety, carb cravings/high cortisol, fatigue, joint pain|
|Vitamin D||fatigue, insomnia|
|Digestive enzymes||bad digestion|
|Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) – all||All EFAs: bumpy skin, difficulty concentrating|
|Omega-3 EFAs in particular: bumpy skin, minor seizures, mild OCD thing where you doublecheck to see if you locked your car or dropped something behind you|
|Fiber||borborygmus when taking iron|
|Folate||bad nails, difficulty concentrating, restless legs|
|HCl (stomach acid)||bad digestion, thin hair, peeling fingernails|
|Iodine||soy allergy, high histamine, fatigue, low-grade UTI||UTI|
|Iron (Note: Took me way too long to determine that ferrous “anything” supplements suck. Beef spleen supplements work MUCH better.)||fatigue, difficulty concentrating, ridged fingernails, wimpy hair, cracked lips||difficulty breathing|
|Vitamin K||menorrhagia, fatigue, intolerance to vitamin D supplements, difficulty breathing|
|Magnesium||skin reaction to wool, anxiety, insomnia (with calcium), tight neck muscles, difficulty concentrating|
|Protein||thin hair, weak fingernails||fatigue|
|Sodium||(when dehydrated) nausea, headache, bad digestion||Still happens cuz I am dumb and lazy about dehydration in the desert. Also, got very bad during beginning of menopause. Had to take 2 tsps salt every day for a year or so.|
|Zinc||depression, poor appetite, intolerance to dairy, irritability, fatigue, acne, hangnails, paranoia, anxiety||anxiety, low mood.|
|Water||bad facial skin, strange sensation of despair and homesickness, fatigue||Still happens due to stupidity about hydration in desert.|
When this content was published or posted
This post was first published on April 6, 2011 and updated in May and October of 2022.