7 of the Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies and What Can be Done About Them


Sofia Adamson, Staff
Waking Times

Many individuals are not getting enough important nutrients from their diet. For many, it is simply due to the fact their diet does not provide adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. Even if you try to eat a whole, living foods diet, many foods these days provide fewer nutrients than one might think due to where the food is grown, the quality of the soil, how it is stored and for how long, and how it is processed. Now, consider that many people are dealing with digestive issues and other health conditions that influence their body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food, and you have a recipe for a very unhealthy population.

Because of these factors, there are many common nutrient deficiencies. Supplementation is often necessary, especially if you develop symptoms showing signs of such deficiency. Below is a list of seven of Dr. Mercola’s most popular nutrient deficiencies, and how to address them.

1. Vitamin D


8 Critical Nutrients Lacking In More Than 70 Percent of Diets

While we all pay attention to incorporating vitamins and minerals into our diets, are you getting enough critical nutrients? There are some nutrients that you need to pay special attention to — ones you probably aren’t getting enough of, yet they’re essential to primary cell functions. Here are seven critical nutrients which are depleted in more than 70 percent of diets.

Two billion people may have a zinc deficiency, yet it’s an essential mineral required by the body for maintaining a sense of smell, keeping a healthy immune system, building proteins, triggering enzymes, and creating DNA. Zinc also helps the cells in your body communicate by functioning as a neurotransmitter. A deficiency in zinc can lead to stunted growth, diarrhea, impotence, hair loss, eye and skin lesions, impaired appetite, and depressed immunity. (more…)

Vitamin B12 and Alzheimer’s Disease

As baby boomers age and the senior population swells, more people than ever before are faced with the impact of aging on the brain. Loss of memory and thinking ability is one of aging’s most tragic consequences. Without memory, we lose our sense of identity and relationship to the world around us. A haunting song about aging recorded by Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960s ends with the words: “Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you.” How sad that so many people spend their final years with few memories left intact. Senile dementia is the medical term for senility, the gradual loss of mental function that so often occurs with aging. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of senile dementia, accounts for more than 60 percent of the cognitive function disorders in the aging population. (more…)

How to Naturally Avoid and Correct Anemia

There are actually three different types of nutritional anemia: iron, B-12, and folate.

Anemia is a blood condition in which the number and/or size of the red blood cells is reduced. Because red blood cells move oxygen from your lungs to the tissues, it’s easy to see how any decrease in their size or amount limits how much oxygen is transported.

It’s that lack of oxygen transport that can result in the most common symptoms of anemia including weakness, tiredness, poor concentration(“brain fog”), pale skin, mild depression, and an increased risk of infection.

Fortunately, anemia can usually be corrected through proper diet and/or supplementation.

Correcting Iron-deficiency Anemia (more…)

The Best Kept Secret for Preventing Dementia

Do you ever misplace your keys? Forget someone’s name? Pick up the phone and not remember who you were going to call? “Senior moments” like these may leave you wondering if they are just the beginning signs of something more serious.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are quite possibly the scariest health threat as you get older. Imagine losing your memories, your ability to think rationally and even your sense of who you are. It’s a truly terrifying prospect!

But there’s one easy thing you can do right now to protect your brain as you age. A study in the journal Neurology shows that boosting your blood levels of vitamin B12 can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.(1) (more…)



Fatigue is synonymous with lethargy, tiredness, lassitude, being run down, or lack of energy. It has no standard definition shared by the lay public and the medical establishment; so many patients use it to denote related conditions such as simply a need for sleep.(1) Fatigue may be related to an underlying medical condition, poor nutrition, stress, or it may exist independently. Patients who complain of fatigue do not exercise as much as patients who do not experience fatigue.Researchers are finding that even minimal exercise on a regular basis increases energy levels and decreases fatigue symptoms.(2) Smokers tend to experience fatigue more than nonsmokers, and patients with a high body mass index also experience more fatigue.(3)Differentiation of sleepiness from fatigue can be difficult, particularly given the imprecise use of these terms. The distinction can be useful in the differentiation of patients with complaints of fatigue or tiredness in the setting of disorders such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or endocrine deficiencies such as Addison’s disease or hypothyroidism. While patients with these disorders can typically distinguish their daytime symptoms from the sleepiness that occurs with sleep deprivation, substantial overlap can occur.(4) This may be particularly true when the primary disorder results in chronic sleep disruption or in abnormal sleep.

Patients who describe intermittent “weakness,” but actually have fatigue, suffer from asthenia, which can be separated from true weakness by the fact that patients do not lack the ability to do a task, but rather the ability to perform it repetitively.(5) Such fatigue is characteristic of serious renal, hepatic, cardiac, or pulmonary disease. (more…)

Telomeres and Telomerase As Natural Therapeutic Targets

The Nobel Prize for Medicine (2009) was awarded to E. H. Blackburn, C. W. Greider, and J. W. Szostak for scientific research on telomeres and their controlling enzyme, telomerase. Research into the biological significance of telomeres and telomerase has proceeded at a frenetic pace over the past couple of decades. This area of science remains embryonic, but it holds the promise of providing new frontiers and foundations for understanding the emergence of chronic disease, cancer, and aging. The purpose of this article is to highlight concepts that are most relevant to the introduction of a natural clinical protocol to support the structure and function of telomeres.  (more…)

Understanding the Serum Vitamin B12 Level and Its Implications for Treating Neuropsychiatric Conditions: An Orthomolecular Perspective

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) ranks among the most useful, safe, and effective orthomolecules when treating a diverse array of neuropsychiatric conditions. However, most clinicians do not consider vitamin B12 important unless the serum level is below laboratory reference ranges. Ten research reports, summarized here, indicate metabolic consequences from low-normal (but not deficient) serum B12 levels, and/or clinical improvements following therapy that markedly increased serum B12 levels. My clinical experience, along with the summarized reports, suggests that (1) serum levels of vitamin B12 not “classically” deficient by current laboratory standards are associated with neuropsychiatric signs and symptoms, and (2) clinical improvement results when serum vitamin B12 levels are optimized or markedly increased following vitamin B12 treatment. Vitamin B12’s mechanisms of action are believed to include increased S-adenosylmethionine production, improved methylation, decreased plasma and brain homocysteine, compensation for inborn errors of metabolism, normalized gene expression, correction of long-latency vitamin B12 debt, and anti-inflammatory activity. Clinicians may wish to reevaluate the importance of lower-than-optimal serum vitamin B12 levels, pursue additional testing such as urinary methylmalonic acid, and consider the potential benefits of vitamin B12 treatment. (more…)

Big brother usurps grandfather

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a long history of causing needless human suffering by restricting the availability of safe and effective natural remedies. Now they have outdone even themselves, with a burst of idiocy and totalitarianism that should lead any thinking person to question their legitimacy as a governing agency. On December 28, 2010, the FDA demanded an immediate cessation of the manufacturing and distribution of three nutritional products designed for parenteral administration: vitamin C (500 mg/ml in 50-ml vials), magnesium chloride (200 mg/ml in 50-ml multi-dose vials), and vitamin B complex 100 (in 30-ml multi-dose vials). Although all of these products have been in wide use for decades, and have long been granted “grandfather” status, the FDA has now inexplicably reclassified them as unapproved new drugs.

High-dose intravenous vitamin C has been found by many practitioners to be effective in the treatment of acute viral hepatitis, infectious mononucleosis, other viral diseases, some bacterial infections, and various allergic disorders. Case reports suggest that high-dose intravenous vitamin C can prolong life and occasionally even induce remission in cancer patients. In addition, high-dose intravenous vitamin C may accelerate recovery in patients with extensive burns.

Intravenous magnesium has been demonstrated in research studies to abort acute asthma attacks and acute migraines. There is also evidence, though conflicting, that intravenous magnesium can decrease the mortality rate in patients suffering an acute myocardial infarction. Moreover, intravenous magnesium has been used successfully by some practitioners to treat angina and congestive heart failure. While magnesium sulfate continues to be approved by the FDA for parenteral use, magnesium sulfate does not appear to be as effective as magnesium chloride, because the chloride ion promotes better retention of magnesium in the body.1

All three of the newly banned injectable products are components of the “Myers cocktail,” which has been used safely and effectively by hundreds or even thousands of practitioners for a wide range of clinical conditions. Disorders that have been observed to respond to the Myers cocktail include chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, acute asthma attacks, acute migraines, muscle spasm, seasonal allergic rhinitis, upper respiratory tract infections, and some cases of depression.2,3

When used appropriately, all of these banned products are extremely safe, much safer than many drugs that have been approved by the FDA to treat the same conditions that respond to the banned injectable nutrients.

Many people will be harmed, and some will die, as a result of this egregious FDA ruling. And no one will benefit. That is, no one except the pharmaceutical industry, with which the FDA has been engaged in a longstanding clandestine sexual relationship.

Congress should launch an immediate investigation of this incompetent and high-handed action by the FDA, and it should strip the agency of its authority to play big brother over grandfather. The president should “pardon” the condemned vitamins and minerals. All who work at the FDA should hang their head in shame, because government agencies should serve, not injure, their constituents. And all at the FDA should pray that they and their loved ones do not develop chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, asthma, migraines, or any of the other conditions that respond so well to the treatments they have taken from us.

1. Durlach J, et al A hint on pharmacological and toxicological differences between magnesium chloride and magnesium sulphate, or of scallops and men. Magnes Res. 1996;9:217-219.
2. Gaby AR. Intravenous nutrient therapy: the Myers’ cocktail.” Altern Med Rev. 2002;7:389-403.
3. Gaby AR. Intravenous nutrient therapy: Myers cocktail. In Gaby AR. Nutritional Medicine, Concord NH, 2001, chapter 340. www.doctorgaby.com.


by Alan R. Gaby, M.D.