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Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies may seem like concerns of the past, but that’s where you’re mistaken. The truth is that vitamin and nutrient deficiencies are still very much relevant today.

“We’re a nation of being overfed yet undernourished. Vitamin and minerals are supplied by the food that we consume,” explains Angela Ginn, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Baltimore, Maryland. “Americans are under consuming key nutrients for their health, according to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report. The shortfall nutrients are Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Magnesium for individuals two and older.”

Here’s a little more food for thought: Vitamin D deficiency is most common among African Americans. Lack of vitamin D has been linked to cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and autism, just to name a few. According to a 2009 study, 75 percent of Americans weren’t getting the recommended intake of vitamin D on a daily basis. Pretty alarming, right?

Here are five other common vitamin and nutrient deficiencies and the simple steps you can take, in order to prevent them from happening to you.

Weak Nails? Feeling Tired? Know The Signs Of Vitamin Deficiency was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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