7 Most Common Nutrients Linked to Deficiency

Nutrients

According to an assessment conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are several nutrients that the U.S. population is deficient in, as a whole. Meaning that many Americans will not only suffer from long-term health effects, but also may not be feeling as good as they should be in general. Here are some of the most common vitamins and minerals we’re missing:

Vitamin C

RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)

Males over the age of 19: 90 mg

Females over the age of 19: 75 mg

shutterstock_71493967The best sources for vitamin C are citrus fruits, tomatoes, tomato juice, and potatoes. Vitamin C can also be found in bell peppers, kiwi, broccoli, strawberries, brussels sprouts and cantaloupe.

We need vitamin C to contribute to the production of collagen and also to metabolize proteins. It also plays a role in immune system function and improves the absorption of iron. Without vitamin C, we’re susceptible to scurvy – which causes fatigue, loss of teeth, inflammation of the gums, joint pain, and poor wound healing.