Signs That You Might Be Lacking In Vitamin C
Vitamin C is absolutely essential, so if you are deficient in this vitamin, it is important that it is rectified. Luckily, vitamin C can be found in a lot of food items, and supplements are readily available.
According to the NHS, vitamin C is essential for protecting your cells and keeping the body in an all-around healthy condition. Lacking in this vitamin could mean that you risk having both unhealthy skin or possibly, damaged blood vessels.
On top of this, you can develop a more serious condition, scurvy. This is a condition that makes you feel incredibly tired, give you painful joints, and possibly even swollen or bleeding gums.
The good news is that you immediately lower your risk of developing a vitamin C deficiency, by simply adding more fruit and vegetables to your diet. So, what should you be looking out for to tell you that you might not be getting enough vitamin C?
Patient.info, a medical website states;
“Deficiency, or a lack, of vitamin C in your body happens because of a lack of sufficient amounts of vitamin C in your diet…Over time, a lack of vitamin C means that new collagen cannot be formed…This causes various tissues in your body to start to break down and the health and repair of your body become affected.”
Often, one of the first signs that you might notice would be that you become easily bruised, or you might notice some spots that could look like small, red-blue bruises that form on your skin. You might also start to suffer from nosebleeds, or bleeding from the gums and even tooth loss, although this is likely to be when the deficiency becomes very developed.
The website adds;
“If not diagnosed and treated, vitamin C deficiency can also lead to shortness of breath, nerve problems, high temperature [fever] and fits [convulsions]…Bleeding inside the brain and around the heart can cause death in some people with untreated vitamin C deficiency. However, this is extremely rare.”
So, like we previously said, the good news is that you can easily get more vitamin C through certain fruit and vegetables. Citrus fruits, including oranges, grapefruits and limes are really high in vitamin C. These aren’t the only things though, so don’t worry if you are not keen on citrus fruits, including spinach, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts.
So, how much vitamin C should you be getting? Any person between 19 and 64 years old, requires approximately 40mg of vitamin C every day. Normally, supplements are not necessary, as you should be able to get all of the vitamin C that you need from your diet.
It is important not to take too much vitamin C either, as this can have health complications too, so if you do decide to take supplements, you should ensure that your intake does not exceed 1,000mg each day. Too much can cause stomach pain and diarrhoea. If you are concerned about a deficiency, speak to your GP before starting any supplements.