Three incredibly common nutritional deficiencies

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

By Eoin Roe, Chiropractic

Last month I wrote an article looking at omega 3 and vitamin D3 supplements, and based on evidence they are two supplements that nearly everybody would benefit from taking. But there are others supplements that I routinely find in people who present in clinic, normally with joint and muscle problems. The most common of these are Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin B12.


Calcium is something that I find lacking in patients of all ages. Osteoporosis is a severe deficiency of calcium causing weak bones and although it is most prevalent for postmenopausal women due to the changes in hormone balance it can also cause a loss of bone density in men.

The relationship of calcium to support your bodies’ function is much more than just providing bone strength. Calcium ions are important molecules for our muscles, nerves (including heart rhythm), blood clotting agents and immune system. Actually one of the roles of our bones is to be a storage device for the calcium that we need for all other functions.

The best natural food sources we can add to our diet are green leafy vegetables and sardines. You will note that I have not mentioned milk. Whilst milk is high in calcium too much has been potentially linked to other health issues. Many of the calcium supplements available are made from calcium carbonate which is basically chalk – and definitely not very digestible – If you a sourcing a supplement a much better source of calcium which is more easily digested is made from calcified seaweed.

Commonly people who present in clinic who are calcium deficient will often have soreness around their hips and/or shoulder and often this is in both shoulders and/or hips. They will also have stiffness and muscle soreness and will nearly always present with weak psoas muscles.


This is another important element, which has over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It is involved in many of the same functions as calcium, and has an additional role to play in regulating blood glucose levels and energy production. Magnesium deficiency can affect people of all ages and activity levels particularly those doing strenuous exercise as we can loose magnesium in our sweat. Natural sources of magnesium come from green vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts. The best form of supplementation for musculoskeletal issues is Magnesium Citrate.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is an especially important vitamin for maintaining healthy nerve cells, and amongst other things it helps to make red blood cells and to help iron work better in the body. Symptoms often related with B12 deficiency include persistent tiredness, aches and pain, neurological symptoms, memory loss and severe B12 deficiency related to pernicious anaemia to name a few.

Whilst B12 deficiency is well known in medical circles there are many difficulties in diagnosing this deficiency with blood tests as it seems unclear as to what actually constitutes a vitamin B12 deficiency and whether circulating B12 in the blood is actually a good indication of B12 that is in use in the cells. If this is something that interests you can take a look at my Facebook page as I have posted a great article about this.

It is important to have sufficient amounts of B12 and natural sources are eggs, dairy, meat (particularly liver) and shellfish. B12 deficiency is prevalent in vegans and eating foods fortified with B12 or taking a supplement is recommended.

This article is meant for information only if you have any questions or would like an assessment please give me a call. I am currently working on updating my website and hope to have more information on my blog soon. Do check it out as I currently have a special offer of a free follow up treatment available through the website.

Eoin Roe is a Chiropractor and Musculoskeletal specialist working in Skibbereen, Kinsale and Douglas – 087 958 2362.


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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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