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Identify Your Deficiencies with This Test

Updated on December 18, 2012

Written by Angela LaMor RMA NCPT and Frances Bleuet owner of Nutrition for Weight Loss

This test is provided as a guide to possible vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Only a doctor can determine with 100% accuracy any deficiencies you may have. Always consult your doctor before taking supplements or making any dietary changes. Supplements can affect any medications you are taking or any other disorders or conditions you may have.

Section I

1 Have you had pneumonia or bronchitis in the past year?

2 Do you currently have a sinus condition?

3 Do you get sties in your eyes? (red bumps on your eyelids)

4 Do you have trouble seeing at night?

5 Do you suffer from acne?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section I, you may benefit from vitamin A

Section II

1 Do you get heartburn 3 or more times a week?

2 Do you get indigestion 3 or more times a week?

3 Do you feel down 3 or more times a week?

4 Do you feel tired 3 or more days a week?

5 Are you forgetful?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section II, you may benefit from vitamin B1

Section III

1 Do you have cataracts?

2 Do you have trouble seeing at night?

3 Do you get cracks at the corners of your mouth? (splits in the skin)

4 Are your eyes sensitive to light?

5 Do you have a sore tongue? (doesn't count if you bit it)

If you answered yes to 3 or more in section III, you may benefit from vitamin B2

Section IV

1 Have you had a canker sore (painful mouth sore) in the past month?

2 Do you suffer from bad breath?

3 Do you feel down 3 or more times week?

4 Do you have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep?

5 Do you have trouble remembering?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section IV, you may benefit from vitamin B3

Section V

1 Do you suffer from panic attacks?

2 Do you have an ulcer?

3 Do you suffer from swollen glands (or tonsils) 2 or more times a year?

4 Do you have allergies?

5 Are you nervous 3 or more times a week?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section V, you may benefit from pantothenic acid (B5)

Section VI

1 Do you get cramps in your legs 2 or more times a month?

2 Do you take birth control pills or anticonvulsive medicine?

3 Do your eyes look puffy in the morning? Or your ankles look puffy at night?

4 Do you or anyone in your family suffer from arthritis, heart disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, hemorrhoids or diabetes?

5 Do you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux disease?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section VI, you may benefit from vitamin B6

Section VII

1 Do you feel tired 3 or more days a week?

2 Do you have prematurely gray hair?

3 Have you had a canker sore (painful mouth sore) in the past month?

4 Do you smoke or take birth control pills?

5 Was your tongue sore in the past month? (biting it does't count)

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section VII, you may benefit from folic acid (B9)

Section VIII

1 Do you have trouble going to sleep or back to sleep?

2 Is your hair prematurely graying or thinning?

3 Do you feel down 3 or more times a week?

4 Is your face pale or puffy?

5 Are your muscles or tongue sore? (doesn't count if you were working out)

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section VIII, you may benefit from biotin (B vitamin)

Section IX

1 Do you have white or light patches of skin? (scars don't count)

2 Is your hair prematurely gray?

3 Do you feel nervous 3 or more times a week?

4 Are you tired 3 or more days a week?

5 Do you feel down 3 or more times a week?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section IX, you may benefit from PABA (B vitamin)

Section X

1 Are you a vegetarian? Or avoid meat and dairy?

2 Do you suffer from ringing n the ears?

3 Do you experience heart palpitations?

4 Do you suffer from dizziness?

5 Are you tired 3 or more days a week?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section X, you may benefit from vitamin B12

Section XI

1 Do you suffer from high blood pressure?

2 Are your cholesterol levels high? ( Not sure, answer no)

3 Do you suffer from constipation once or more a month?

4 Is your hair thinning?

5 Are you forgetful?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section XI, you may benefit from the B vitamins choline and inositol. They work together and are both found in the supplement lecithin.

Section XII

1 Do you smoke? Or live in the city?

2 Do you bruise easily?

3 Do your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth?

4 Do you catch 2 or more colds a year?

5 Do you have spider veins (broken capillaries in your legs or nose)?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section XII, you may benefit from vitamin C

Section XIII

1 Do you have trouble going to sleep or going back to sleep?

2 Do you feel down 3 or more times a week?

3 Are you weak?

4 Do you ever get a burning sensation in your mouth or throat? (hot food doesn't count)

5 Do you take anticonvulsive medicine?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section XIII, you may benefit from vitamin D

Section XIV

1 Do you suffer from hot flashes, migraines or miscarriages?

2 Do you have high blood pressure or heart disease?

3 Do you eat a lot of fatty foods?

4 Do you have poor circulation?

5 Do you have spider veins (broken capillaries seen just below surface of the skin)?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section XIV, you may benefit from vitamin E

Section XV

1 Do you bleed alot when you get cut?

2 Have you been on antibiotics in the past year?

3 Do you have osteoporosis?

4 Do you get diarrhea more than once a week? Or more than twice a month?

5 Have you had a nosebleed in the past month?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section XV, you may benefit from vitamin K or acidophilus (beneficial bacteria in yogurt)

Section XVI

1 Do you have trouble going to sleep or going back to sleep?

2 Are you jittery?

3 Do you drink a lot of soda?

4 Do you have trembling fingers?

5 Do you get leg cramps?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section XVI, you may benefit from the minerals calcium, magnesium and phosphorus (which work together)

Section XVII

1 Do you feel weak?

2 Do you get muscle cramps?

3 Are your eyes puffy in the morning? Or your ankles puffy at night?

4 Do you suffer from heart palpitations?

5 Do you workout or work hard?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section XVII, you may benefit from balancing your electrolytes (chlorine/potassium/sodium)

Section XVIII

1 Do you have white spots on your nails that were not caused by an injury?

2 Do you have dandruff or acne?

3 Do you have a fungus infection on or around your fingernails or toenails?

4 Can you smell and taste your food?

5 Do you suffer from infertility or prostate problems?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section XVIII, you may benefit from the mineral zinc

Section XIX

1 Do you feel tired 3 or more days a week?

2 Are you pale?

3 Have you been dizzy in the past month?

4 Do you have ridges on your fingernails? (lines)

5 Do you jog or have heavy menstrual periods or bleeding ulcers?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section XIX, you may benefit from the mineral iron

Section XX

1 Is your hair or skin dry? Or your nails brittle?

2 Are you underweight or weak?

3 Did you get any new cavities in the past year?

4 Are you tired 3 or more days a week?

5 Did you answer yes to 10 or more questions in sections XVI-XIX?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions in section XX, you may benefit from a multi-mineral supplement containing all of the essential major and trace minerals

This test was prepared by Frances Bleuet and Angela LaMor RMA, NCPT authors of "EveryBODY Can Heal".

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