Deficiencies occurring in the course of a vegan diet appear quietly
. Before symptoms are noticeable, the body feeds on its vitamin stores, for example in the liver and fat cells. If all sources are exhausted, it comes to deficiency symptoms
. The symptoms can be very different here – depending on which nutrient you have not supplied your body with enough. Frequently these symptoms show up: Symptoms of fatigue and exhaustion Mood swings with a tendency to depression Loss of appetite or an increased appetite Muscle pain Brittle hair and nails Decreased physical endurance Dizziness
However, these symptoms do not necessarily have to be caused by a vegan diet and in many cases have also other causes. If you as a vegan suspect a nutrient deficiency, have your blood values tested
Especially often affected by deficiency symptoms caused by a vegan diet are people with an increased nutrient requirement, such as women during pregnancy and lactation, children and seniors with limited absorption capacity. Nutritionists advise these risk groups
against a purely vegan diet.