Being Depressed at Work Could Be Linked To Low Vitamin B1 and Other Nutritional Deficiencies

Nutrition Guide

A nutritional deficiency occurs when the body doesn't absorb or get from food the necessary amount of a nutrient. Deficiencies can lead to a variety of health problems. These can include digestion problems, skin disorders, stunted or defective bone growth, and even dementia.

Depression is also linked to certain key nutrients missing in your diet, like vitamin B1, B5, Biotin, and PABA (Para-aminobenzoic acid).

Emotional / Mental Health:

  • Depression: B1, B5, Biotin, PABA

  • Dementia: B1, B3 B12, folic acid

  • Nervousness/Irritability: B1, B6, B5

  • Insomnia: B3, B5, B6, D3

  • Dizziness: Iron, B2, B12


  • Dark circles or bags under the eyes: Allergies, food intolerances, dehydration

  • Poor night vision : Vitamin A

  • Ruptured blood vessels in the eyes: Vitamin C

  • Nearsightedness: Vitamin D

  • Pale lower eyelid: Iron

Teeth and Gums:

  • Bleeding gums: Vitamin C, folic acid

  • Crowded teeth: Calcium, Vitamin K


  • Hair loss: B2, B5, Biotin, D, Zinc

  • Dry hair: Vitamin A, E, Omega 3, Protein, Iodine, Selenium, Biotin

  • Dandruff: Selenium, Omega 3, Vitamin A


  • Spoon shaped nails: B12, Iron

  • White marks: Calcium or Zinc

  • Pale nails: Iron, Biotin

  • Brittle names: Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine

  • Cuticles tear easily: Protein

 Muscles & Joints:

  • Muscle cramping: Magnesium, B1, B2, B6

  • Twitching: B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Calcium

  • Edema/Swelling: B1, B6, Potassium

  • Numbness or tingling: B12, B5

  • Clicking Joints: Manganese


  • Canker sores: B3, B12, Folic acid, Calcium

  • Crack in the corner of the mouth: B2

  • Weak tooth enamel: Vitamin A, D, K, Calcium

  • Painful tongue: B2, B3, Folic Acid

  • Loss of smell or taste: Zinc

There are various nutritional assessments you can use to determine which nutrients are missing from your body. If you’d like to learn more about how nutritional therapy can address and heal these symptoms, you can Schedule a 20 min discovery call to determine if Nutritional Therapy fits your health goals.

About the author: Jay Vilar is a Nutritional Therapist Practitioner that works with his clients to improve their health symptoms through integrated holistic nutrition practices in the Washington, DC and Boston, MA Area.