Supplement Deficiency – The Herbs Place

Signs of Deficiency Charts
Vitamin Chart
Mineral Chart
  Major Functions Signs of Shortage Nature’s Sunshine Sources Dietary Sources Herb Sources
Calcium Essential for blood clotting and the structure of bones and teeth, needed for working of nerves and all other electrically active body tissues Stunted growth, rickets, osteoporosis, convulsions Iron, Mega-Chel, Trace Mineral Maintenance, Nutri-Calm, SKL Formula, Super Supplemental Vitamin & Mineral, Vitamin Calcium w/ Magnesium & Vitamin D, SynerPro Calcium-Magnesium, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Dairy products, green vegetables, dried legumes Valerian, white oak bark, pau d’arco, kelp barberry, horsetail
Chromium Involved in glucose and energy metabolism, helps regulate blood sugar Disturbances of glucose fat and protein metabolism Chromium, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals, Mega-Chel, Trace Mineral Maintenance, Super Supplemental Vitamin & Mineral, Target P-14 Brewer’s yeast, chicken, dairy products, seafood, fresh fruit, potatoes with skin, whole grains Oat straw, red clover, bee pollen, juniper berries, damiana
Cobalt Promotes normal red blood cell formation, functions in activation of several enzymes, necessary for the manufacture of Vitamin B12 in the body None reported in humans, possibly a factor in pernicious anemia Trace Mineral Maintenance, Vitamin B12 Organ and muscle meats, milk Golden seal, capsicum, dong quai, pau d’ arco, echinacea, mullein
Copper Needed by cells to utilize oxygen, blood formation, functioning of enzymes involved in iron metabolism Anemia, low white blood cell count, bone demineralization Mega-Chel, Trace Mineral Maintenance, Super Supplemental Vitamin & Mineral, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Lentils, wheat germ, blackstrap molasses, some nuts, mushrooms, honey Scullcap, sage, white oak bark, horsetail, yucca
Iodine Needed for thyroid gland, thyroid hormones Enlarged thyroid (goiter) Mega-Chel, Mineral Maintenance, Super Supplemental Vitamin & Mineral, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals, Target TS II Seafood, iodized salt Kelp, black walnut hulls
Iron Needed in manufacturing of myoglobin and hemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying compound in blood) and enzymes involved in energy metabolism Iron-deficiency anemia, reduced resistance to infection, fatigue Children’s Chewable Vitamin, Iron, Mega-Chel, Trace Mineral Maintenance, SKL Formula, Super Supplemental Vitamin & Mineral, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Liver, meat, eggs, legumes, whole grains, green leafy vegetables Yellow dock, mullein, blue cohosh, butcher’s broom, kelp, bilberry, burdock, red raspberry, dandelion
Magnesium Needed by all cells important in electrical activity of nerves and muscles, activates enzymes, protein synthesis, influences cellular calcium levels Growth failure, behavioral disturbances, weakness, spasms Magnesium, Mega-Chel, Trace Mineral Maintenance, SKL Formula, Super Supplemental Vitamin & Mineral, Calcium w/ Magnesium & Vitamin D, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Beans, nuts, whole grains, leafy green vegetables Oat straw, kelp, licorice, peppermint, burdock, marshmallow, horsetail, parsley
Manganese Cell metabolism, fat production, enzyme function None reported for humans Mega-Chel, Trace Mineral Maintenance, SKL Formula, Super Supplemental, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Avocados, beans, oatmeal, nuts, buckwheat Red raspberry, bilberry, ginger, gotu kola, white oak bark
Phosphorus Cell energy (ATP formation), key element in cell reactions, structure of bones and teeth Weakness, demineralization of bone, loss of calcium Trace Mineral Maintenance, SKL Formula, Super Supplemental Vitamin & Mineral, SynerPro Calcium-Magnesium, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Meat, dairy products, beans, peas, cereals, poultry, grains Bilberry, peppermint, yellow dock, fennel, mullein, hops
Potassium Major mineral in body cells, regulates body water balance, nerve function and many cell reactions Muscular weakness, paralysis Combination Potassium, Mega-Chel, Trace Mineral Maintenance, SKL Formula, Super Supplemental Vitamin & Mineral Avocados, bananas , apricots, potatoes, and many other foods Parsley, blessed thistle, sage, catnip, hops, peppermint, feverfew, kelp, red clover
Selenium Functions in close association with vitamin E, is an antioxidant Anemia (rare) Defense Maintenance, Mega-Chel, Trace Mineral Maintenance, Super Supplemental Vitamin & Mineral, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Seafood, meat, grains Catnip, ho shou woo, valerian, blue cohosh, barberry, blessed thistle, ginseng
Zinc Needed in the structure of cell enzymes, a factor in enzymes involved in digestion, plays a role in prostate health, aids wound healing Growth failure, infertility, delayed wound healing Mega-Chel, Trace Mineral Maintenance, Super Supplemental SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals, Target P14, Target TS II, Zinc Widely distributed in food, especially pumpkin and sunflower seeds Bilberry, capsicum, sage, spirulina, echinacea, gotu kola
Vitamin Chart
Major Functions Signs of Shortage Nature’s Sunshine Sources Dietary Sources Herb Sources
Vitamin A Essential for normal function of the retina; necessary for growth of bone; necessary for ovarian and testicular function; functions as a co-enzyme Night blindness, increased susceptibility to infections, respiratory infections, dry skin A & D, Defense Maintenance, BetaCarotene, Mega-Chel, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals, Super Supplemental Vitamin Mineral Fish liver oils, carrots, parsley, spinach, collards, cantaloupe Parsley
Thiamine (B1) A co-enzyme necessary for converting carbohydrates into energy for muscles and nervous system Loss of appetite, fatigue, mental problems, beriberi SynerPro Vitamin B Complex, Balanced B, Nutri-Calm Brewer’s yeast, rye and wholewheat flour, beans, seeds, brown rice *
Riboflavin (B2) A component in two coenzymes needed for normal tissue respiration; activates vitamin B6 Cracks and sores in corners of mouth, light-sensitive eyes, dizziness SynerPro Vitamin B Complex, Balanced B, Nutri-Calm Almonds, brewer’s yeast, cheese, chicken, organ meats, wheat germ *
Niacin Aids in release of energy from foods; helps synthesize DNA; a component of two enzymes necessary for utilization of tat, tissue respiration and production of sugars Muscle weakness, general fatigue, loss of appetite, dry or coarse skin, pellagra Niacin, SynerPro Vitamin B Complex, Balanced B, Nutri-Calm Beef liver, brewer’s yeast, white meat of chicken, sunflower seeds, meats *
Pyridoxine (B6) Acts as a co-enzyme for metabolic functions affecting the utilization of carbohydrates, protein and fat; promotes conversion of tryptophan to niacin or serotonin Irritability, mental confusion, weakness, kidney stones, insomnia, anemia B6, SynerPro Vitamin B Complex, Balanced B, Nutri-Calm, Monthly Maintenance, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Avocados, bananas, brewer’s yeast, whole wheat, brown rice, lentils *
Pantothenic Acid (B5) Acts as a co-enzyme in metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fat None proven Pantothenic Acid, SynerPro Vitamin B Complex, Balanced B, Nutri-Calm, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals * *
Biotin Vitamin (H) Necessary for normal growth, development and health; produced by intestinal bacteria Fatigue, hair loss, muscle pains, depression, loss of appetite, skin disorders SynerPro Vitamin B Complex, Balanced B, Nutri-Calm, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Whole grains, nuts, meats, lentils, brewer’s yeast, tuna *
Folic Acid (B9) Acts as a co-enzyme for DNA synthesis; promotes normal red blood cell formation; functions as a coenzyme in amino acid and nucleoprotein synthesis Red blood cell disorders, irritability, lack of energy, forgetfulness, diarrhea, sleeping difficulties SynerPro Vitamin B Complex, Balanced B, Nutri-Calm, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Whole grains, lentils, oranges, whole wheat, green leafy vegetables *
Vitamin B12 Acts as a co-enzyme for normal DNA synthesis; promotes normal
fat, carbohydrate and protein utilization; promotes growth, cell development, blood cell development, manufacture of covering of nerve cells, normal function of nervous system
Pernicious anemia, profound fatigue, nausea, yellow eyes and skin, depression, shortness of breath, dementia, bleeding gums B 12, SynerPro B Complex, Balanced B, Nutri-Calm, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Beef, dairy products, seafood, (not found in vegetables) *
Vitamin C Necessary for collagen formation repair; an antioxidant; needed for metabolism of folic acid and iron; strengthens blood vessels; helps utilization of carbohydrates and synthesis of fats and proteins Scurvy, easy bruising, nosebleeds, slow healing of wounds, frequent infections SynerPro Vitamin C w/Bioflavonoids, Vitamin C 1000 mg, Chewable Vitamin C, Nutri-Calm, Defense Maintenance Formula, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Many fruits and vegetables Capsicum, rose hips, alfalfa, parsley
Vitamin D Absorbs and uses calcium and phosphorus to make bone; essential for normal growth and development Rickets, weak bones, muscle weakness A & D, Calcium-Magnesium with Vitamin D, SKL Formula, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals Fortified milk, some seafoods *
Vitamin E An antioxidant; a co-factor in several enzymes; promotes normal growth and development; acts as an anti-blood-clotting agent; promotes normal red blood cell formation Lack of vitality, decreased sexual performance, apathy, irritability, muscle weakness Vitamin E 400 IU, Defense Maintenance Formula, SynerPro Multiple Vitamins and Minerals

Raw nuts, whole wheat, some vegetable oils Alfalfa, psyllium seed

* No significant herbal source