Many people have not realized that nutritional deficiency causes fatigue. Body cells require vitamins so as to generate energy needed for body functions. A recent research shows that many doctors are not aware of this situation and usually ends up giving incorrect diagnosis.
In the Journal of Nutrition, which was published in 2011, it is evident that many youth and adults do not meet the daily mineral and vitamin requirement. Potassium is the most deficient mineral in many adults followed by vitamin K and vitamin E.
Fatigue in most cases is caused by nutrition deficiencies since they lower the rate of energy production in cells. Let us look at how deficiency of certain nutrients causes fatigue.
- B vitamins.
These vitamins are responsible for converting food to energy. These vitamins include thiamine (B1), Niacin (B3), folic acid, Riboflavin (B2), B12, Pantothenic acid and biotin.
Vitamin B is deficient in the body when taken insufficiently or increased body needs like pregnancy and sickness. Mitochondria are the energy production cells and deficiency of these vitamins may alter normal biochemical reactions in the cells vital for energy production. Deficiency of B12 is a significant fatigue cause.
Deficiency of these vital nutrients may also lead to memory loss and increased chances of stroke. To avoid these complications, sufficient consumption of B vitamins is encouraged. It is cheap and easy to do this, and it is advisable to curb fatigue by consuming enough vitamins.
These are very essential body nutrients. Body metabolisms require magnesium for energy production. ATP, an energy molecule, requires magnesium for its production and its deficiency means low ATP production.
Deficiency of magnesium has been found to reduce the ability of energy production cells or resisting to damage. Fatigue causes other conditions like depression that leads to stress.
Taking enough magnesium is ideal for countering fatigue and fatigue-related conditions. This is achievable by taking an average of 300 mg magnesium citrate daily.
These are body chemical compounds that prevent oxygen reaction with other compounds thus neutralizing free radicals. These antioxidants include mineral selenium, C and E vitamins and coenzyme Q10. Deficiency of these antioxidants may lead to damaged by oxygen reactions thus reduced energy production leading to increased fatigue.
In order to reduce fatigue, one is advised to consume sufficient levels of the above mentioned nutrients. Nutritional deficiency is a major cause of fatigue and thus should not be assumed.