There are several key vitamin, mineral and nutrient deficiencies that either fuel Type 2 diabetes and other diseases or are the result of having Type 2 diabetes or some other disease.
But, most people don't believe or are not aware that they have a vitamin, mineral or some other nutrient deficiency. Ironically, this is one of the reasons why nutrient deficiencies are on the rise!
The other reason has to do with the testing. Since the blood test limit is set so low (usually based on RDA standards, which are out of date), most vitamin/mineraldeficiencies are overlooked.
There are also several key strategies that you can use to effectively address these vitamin, mineral and nutrient deficiencies.
But, first, let's take a look at the major vitamin, mineral and nutrient deficiencies and their associated symptoms.
Top 10 Vitamin, Mineral and Nutrient Deficiencies
There are at least 10 major nutrient deficiencies that have a dramatic effect on your health. Some of these nutrient deficiencies are caused by Type 2 diabetes or other diseases while Type 2 diabetes and other diseases can result in a nutrient deficiency.
The key vitamin, mineral and nutrient deficiencies associated with Type 2 diabetes include the following:
- Vitamin A -- carotenes are not Vitamin A!
- Vitamin B12 -- not available within plants
- Vitamin C -- need for collagen production, avoid ascorbic acid
- Vitamin D -- make sure it's Vitamin D3
- Vitamin E -- most people take as alpha-tocopherol
- Vitamin K2 -- take with Vitamin D to redirect calcium!
- CoQ10 -- needed for mitochondria energy, mostly synthetic
- Glutathione -- unable to get into cells, use authentic liposomal
- Omega-3 EFAs -- supplements may be oxidized!
- Probiotics -- necessary especially if taking antibiotics
- R-Lipoic Acid (R-LA) -- may be unstable
- Amino Acids (proline, glycine) -- not synthesized as we age, not found in most conventional protein foods
- Collagen -- overlooked, especially for leaky gut, healing
- Chromium -- reduces insulin resistance!
- Iodine -- misused! -- don't take if not deficient!
- Magnesium -- overlooked, a major problem for most Type 2s
- Selenium -- avoid synthetic versions
- Zinc -- key for immune support
Of course, there are other critical nutrients (e.g. calcium, Vitamin B-Complex, Vitamin E, folate, biotin, fiber, etc.), but, they are usually not a major deficiency and are easily correctable.
Most of you are probably taking supplements to address most of these, but, most supplements really don't help because they're either "natural" or synthetic. In fact, supplements can make your health problems worse!
Instead, food sources are the best option for most of these nutrients, especially Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, amino acids, collagen, gelatin, CoQ10 and ALA.
Consequently, in order to defeat most diseases, you must implement a comprehensive nutritional program that includes these critical vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin/Mineral Deficiencies
The major signs and symptoms associated with various vitamin and mineral deficiencies include the following:
- Cracks at the corners of your mouth
- Fatigue and muscle aches
- Hair loss and a red, scaly rash (especially on your face)
- Muscle cramps in your legs (or, in your toes, calves, backs of legs, and arches of feet)
- Oral health problems (cavities, infections, gum disease, bad breath, dry mouth)
- Skin problems (such as psoriasis, eczema, severe acne and even skin pigmentation disorders)
- Tingling, prickling, and numbness in your hands and feet
Of course, there are many other signs and symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, including diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, which rob your body of key nutrients.
Causes of Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies
Most vitamin, mineral and nutrient deficiencies exist for 7 major reasons:
- Poor nutrition
- Poor health/poor absorption
- Overuse of prescription and OTC medications
- Digestive disturbances
- Misinformation about a specific vitamin/mineral
- Poor quality supplements
Note: Refer to the "Next Steps to Wellness" section at the bottom of this page to understand how to address these causes.
Major Vitamin Deficiencies
Vitamin A Deficiency
This is a major nutrient deficiency! But, no one is talking about Vitamin A as a problem. Most people believe that they are getting their Vitamin A from their vegetables.
Ideally, the carotenes in the vegetables are converted to Vitamin A in your body. But, as we age and if we are fighting a disease, the body becomes very inefficient at converting carotenoids to Vitamin A.
To make matters worse, the Vitamin A identified in supplements is not Vitamin A! And, because of the toxicity issue associated with synthetic Vitamin A, most people stay away from anything to do with Vitamin A.
Also, Vitamin A's primary health benefit is associated with night vision/blindness. And, since most people don't have any night vision problems, their assumption is that they don't have a Vitamin A deficiency! Ironically, this belief magnifies the deficiency problem.
Vitamin A helps to strengthen the immune system and the immune system's ability to make antibodies. In order to get true Vitamin A, try unprocessed cod liver oil or grass-fed organ meats such as beef liver. If you don't care for organ meats, then, try a desiccated liver supplement -- just make sure that it comes a grass-fed source.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
This is a major nutrient deficiency, especially for older people and people who are vegetarians or vegans.
Vitamin B12 is only available in animal meats. There is no B12 within plants.
Vitamin C Deficiency
This usually doesn't come up a deficiency, but, Vitamin C helps to strengthen your immune system.
More importantly, Vitamin C helps with collagen production, wound healing and gut repair.
If you take Vitamin C as a supplement, avoid ascorbic acid. Actually, ascorbic acid is only a component of the Vitamin C molecule. Also, ascorbic acid is produced using heat and GMO corn byproducts, which can affect your health orcause a flare-up if you have an autoimmune disease.
For a supplement, try a wholefood supplement such as camu camu or true liposomal Vitamin C.
Food sources include citrus fruits, other fruits, vegetables, etc.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D is one of the major nutrient deficiencies especially for people who live north of the equator and don't get enough sunlight.
Vitamin D helps to strengthen as well as modulate and rebalance the immune system. If you take it as a supplement, make sure that it's D3 (not D2). A better option is unprocessed cod liver oil.
Note: Vitamin D3 supplementation will increase your serum D level, but, this won't increase the benefits of Vitamin D unless trueVitamin A is present.
Vitamin K2 Deficiency
Vitamin K2 usually doesn't come up as a deficiency, but, it helps to modulate your immune system. If you take ALA as a supplement, make sure that it's not synthetic. Food sources include nattokinase, raw butter oil.
Make sure that you take Vitamin K2 with Vitamin D to redirect calcium!
Other Vitamin Deficiencies
Other vitamin deficiencies include Vitamin B-Complex, Vitamin E, and Vitamin P.
Major Mineral Deficiencies
Chromium is a key mineral because it helps to reduce insulin resistance.
Food sources of chromium include: whole grains, organic brown rice, meat, broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, Brewer's yeast, beef, liver, chicken, cheese, eggs, fish, sea food, andfresh vegetables. Herbs are also rich in chromium.
Iodine helps the thyroid with thyroid hormone production. This is usually only a problem for patients with a thyroid issue.
However, don't just start taking iodine! Get tested first to make sure that you actually have an iodine deficiency. If you don't, taking a supplement can make matters worse! misused!
FYI: Iodine-rich foods include seaweed, seafood, organic yogurt and raw organic cheese.
This deficiency is usually overlooked, and; is also a problem with Type 2 diabetics. Magnesium helps to calm and rebalance an overly active immune system.
Eat magnesium-rich foods such as broccoli, raw almonds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
Selenium doesn't usually come up as a deficiency, unless the patient has a thyroid issue.
To address this, just eat 2 or 3 Brazil nuts each day. If you take a supplement, make sure that it's not synthetic.
Most people with Type 2 diabetes tend to deficient in vanadium.
The best food sources of vanadium are mushrooms, shellfish, black pepper, parsley, dill weed, and grain.
Zinc doesn't usually come up as a deficiency, unless the patient has a weak immune system and catches a lot of colds or the flu every year.
To address this and strengthen your immune system, just eat zinc-rich foods such as grass-fed beef, poultry, or oysters. If you take a supplement, make sure that it's not synthetic.
Other Mineral Deficiencies
Other possible mineral deficiencies include calcium and potassium.
Major Nutrient Deficiencies
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) Nutrient Deficiency
Lipoic acid usually doesn't come up as a deficiency, but, it helps to modulate your immune system. If you take ALA as a supplement, make sure that it's not synthetic. Food sources include animal meat.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) Nutrient Deficiency
CoQ10 doesn't usually come up as a deficiency, unless you happen to be taking statin drugs. If you take CoQ10 as a supplement, make sure that it's not synthetic. Food sources include beef liver, heart and other organ meats, but, it's the highest in beef heart.
Glutathione Nutrient Deficiency
Glutathione is a major deficiency that usually comes up as a deficiency for patients with chronic fatigue. Glutathione (GSH) is critical in its role as the master antioxidant.
If you take it as a supplement, try glutathione precursors such as NAC. As a supplement, GSH is unable to get into cells, so try authentic liposomal supplements.
Omega-3 EFAs Nutrient Deficiency
Omega-3 EFAs help to calm and rebalance your immune system with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Make sure that you eat foods such as wild salmon or sardines. If you decide to take a supplement, be careful -- a lot of Omega-3 supplements are oxidized! A better option is unprocessed cod liver oil.
Amino Acids (Proline, Glycine) Nutrient Deficiency
These are two critical amino acids that are needed, especially if the patient has a leaky gut.
Bone broth is one of the best food sources for these amino acids. If you don't care for bone broth, then, try a hydrolyzed collagen supplement -- just make sure that it comes a grass-fed animal source.
Collagen/Gelatin Nutrient Deficiency
This doesn't usually come up as a deficiency, unless the patient has a leaky gut.
Collagen is the body's largest protein that plays a major role in wound healing and gut repair.
Collagen-rich foods include bone broth. Again, if you don't care for bone broth, then, try a hydrolyzed collagen supplement -- just make sure that it comes a grass-fed animal source.
The 5 Major Strategies for Treating Vitamin/Mineral Deficiencies
The 5 major strategies for treating vitamin, mineral, and nutrient deficiencies include:
- Superior nutritional program
- Raw juicing
- Green smoothies
- Nutritional supplementation
- Periodic detox
You can implement these strategies separately or implement them as part of a comprehensive wellness and nutritional program such as the Death to Diabetes Program.
Number 1 Mistake Made with Treating Deficiencies
The Number 1 Mistake that people make with treating vitamin and mineral deficiencies is that most people take supplements as their primary remedy.
One of the best ways to treat a vitamin or mineral deficiency is to implement a comprehensive nutritional program or a raw food diet that includes these specific vitamins and minerals in the food. For more details, get the author's Death to Diabetes book/ebook, Diabetes Cookbook or Raw Food Diet book.
Another very effective way to treat a vitamin or mineral deficiency is to add raw vegetable juicing and/or green smoothies to your that includes these specific vitamins and minerals in the food. For more details, get the author's Power of Juicing book.
In addition, a periodic cleanse and detox can also help with treating a vitamin or mineral deficiency. For more details, get the author's Cleanse and Detox book.
If you have allergies, asthma, chronic fatigue, thyroid problems, leaky gut, celiac disease, other digestive problems, viruses,arthritis, or some other autoimmune disorder, then, get the author's Autoimmune Diseases book.
Next Steps to Wellness
If you want to address nutrient deficiencies and reverse or prevent the onset of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems, obtain one or more of the following author's books, which address diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammation, oxidation, toxicity, etc.:
- Death to Diabetes book or ebook.
- DTD Power of Juicing Book/Ebook
- DTD Raw Food Diet Book/Ebook
- DTD Cleanse & Detox Book/Ebook
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