Visual Exam for Nutritional Status

The foods you eat not only influence how you feel but also how you look. Certain physical signs can determine possible nutritional deficiencies.

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Body Part


Possible Deficiency/Cause


Red, itchy, dry

Omega-3, Omega-6, Vitamin A

Dandruff, hair loss

Vitamin B6, Zinc, Limited protein absorption


Rough, scaly skin on forehead and nose

Vitamin B2, Iron


Zinc, Vitamin A

Edema, puffy round face (moon face)

Limited protein absorption, Hypothyroidism, Allergies


Dry, red, light sensitive

Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6

Puffy, dark circles

Allergies, Food sensitivities,  Kidney malfunction


Cankers, cracks in the corner of mouth

Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3

Dry lips

Omega-3, Omega-6


Red, irritated

 Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B12, Iron


Bleeding, tender

Vitamin C, Co-enzyme Q10


Dryness, hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin and may include calluses, corns, and plantar warts)

Vitamin A, Omega-3, Omega-6

Stretch marks, small broken blood vessels on surface of skin

Vitamin C, Zinc

Bruises, excess bruising

Vitamin C, Vitamin K

Small red bumps on back of arms

Omega-3, Omega-6


Cold hands

Magnesium, Hypothyroidism


Thin, splitting, brittle

Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Omega-3, Omega-6

White spots


Spoon shaped




Vitamin B1

Excessive fatigue

Carnitine, Co-enzyme Q10


Abnormal sensation of burning, tingling or aching

Magnesium, B-Complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12)


Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12


Vitamin B2

Note: Always consult with a health professional before taking any new supplements. 

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