Vitamins and Minerals
There are overt and subclinical vitamin deficiencies. Most people over 50 have some sort of vitamin deficiency due to malabsorption of nutrients and lifestyle. We know these deficiencies are real because they show up in blood tests at low levels. The most common deficiencies are vitamin D, magnesium, and phosphate. Sometimes they show up as disease symptoms. The B vitamin deficiencies are common causes of neurological problems, such as Wernicke’s encephalitis, migraines, and other neuropathies.
To maintain excellent health, our vitamin levels must be in the perfect range—not too high and not too low. Who is at risk of falling out of the perfect zone? I write about signs and symptoms that can manifest when these individual and specific levels fall out of range.
What are the overt symptoms and subclinical symptoms of vitamin deficiencies? Subclinical vitamin deficiencies mimic signs of old age, but they are not signs of old age. They include frequent colds and infections, low energy levels, brain fog, and other mysterious symptoms. Overt symptoms of deficiencies are obvious signs that medical practitioners can detect, such as rickets, scurvy, neurologic damage, pellagra, and anemia, to name a few.
We must dispel the myth that more vitamins are necessarily better. When a low vitamin level is restored to normal, miraculous things happen. When a normal vitamin level is elevated, good things rarely happen, and sometimes, bad things happen.
I explain everything I know in my book Investing In Your Health: A Pharmacist’s Guide to Choosing Natural Products (click here to find it on Amazon).
It is my belief that there is no single product that will yield overall good health for everyone. Natural products yield good health by correcting a problem or an imbalance.