SIGNS OF AN INADEQUATE DIET

Body part Signs
Cause
Treatment
Face Moonface
Prednesone therapy

Oedematous
Protein deficiency
Ammo acids, protein
(swollen)

Pale
Iron deficiency
Iron phosphate, B12, folic acid
Dark skin over
Inadequate B
B2,B3
cheeks and
group of
Increase
under eyes
vitamins;
food
(malar
low kilojoule
intake
pigmentation)
diet

Scaling of skin
Inadequate
B2, B3, B6
around nostrils
vitamins

(naso-labial

seborrhea)

Lips Redness and
Inadequate
B2,B3
swelling of
vitamins

mouth or lips

(cheilosis)

Cracks at side of
Inadequate B
B6, B2, B3
mouth (andular
group vitamins,
Iron
fissures)
especially B6, B2, B3; iron

Nails
Spoon-shaped brittle, ridged white spots

Iron

Silica and fatty acids Zinc
Gums
Abnormally red and bleeding
Deficient vitamin C
Vitamin C

bioflavonoids
Hair
Dull, dry, falls out easily
Low in protein, fatty and amino acids
Fish oil, evening primrose oil, silica
Tongue
Raw, red, cracked, swollen, pale, smooth, slick, magenta
Lack of folic acid, niacin,

Supplement with these vitamins and minerals
Eyes
Pale eye membranes Iron deficiency

Spots of dryness Vitamin A conjunctivitis,

deficiency soft or

dull cornea
Iron

Vitamin A
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