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Does a Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Dark Circles Under the Eyes?

author image Carolyn Robbins
Carolyn Robbins began writing in 2006. Her work appears on various websites and covers various topics including neuroscience, physiology, nutrition and fitness. Robbins graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology and theology from Saint Vincent College.
Does a Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Dark Circles Under the Eyes?
Cold compresses may minimize the appearance of dark circles. Photo Credit: Wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty Images

Allergies, a cold, medication or a bad sleeping position are all possible causes for raccoon eyes, but a vitamin D deficiency probably isn't the culprit. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient essential for bone growth and remodeling. It is synthesized by the body in response to sun exposure and is found in only few foods. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency.

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Symptoms of a Deficiency

Individuals with a mild to moderate vitamin D deficiency may have no symptoms. As the deficiency becomes more pronounced, symptoms may include fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, difficulty walking and climbing stairs, fractures and falls, according to the NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Vitamin D becomes biologically active through reactions that occur in the liver and kidneys. While vitamin D deficiency doesn't cause bags under your eyes, kidney problems may cause fluid to pool, casting shadows on the infraorbital space -- the area beneath your eyes,. The dark circles aren't the result of a vitamin D deficiency, but a deficiency and infraorbital discoloration may be related to compromised kidney function.

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