In today’s hectic world, it’s hard to make sure you have no deficiencies of vitamins or minerals. Therefore, I have written many blogs on nutrition and making sure you know how to avoid problems.
This blog describes what vitamin C deficiency can cause, and how to avoid it. We’ve all heard of scurvy, but some of us don’t know what it is. It’s simply the name for vitamin C deficiency. This type of deficiency can lead to anemia, weakness, exhaustion, spontaneous bleeding, pain in the limbs, reduced rate of healing, and ulceration of the gums and loss of teeth. Recently, I read that with advanced scurvy all previous scars can re-open. Vitamin C is needed for making collagen. Collagen is part of connective tissues which are essential for structure and supporting of the body – even the blood vessels. Being low in vitamin C can also affect the immune system absorption of iron and metabolism of cholesterol.
You can avoid vitamin C deficiency with a healthy diet. Try to get in at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, which will most likely contain about 200mg of vitamin C. Oranges are a great source. If you can’t get enough there are supplements that can help. Also, if you consume alcohol or smoke, make sure you consume more vitamin C than you would otherwise.
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