Low Vitamin C Health Risks

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is a nutrient necessary for the body and can only be consumed from your diet and supplements because the body doesn’t produce it. Poor diets, with not enough fruits and vegetables, can cause deficiencies. Their are observational studies that claim possible risks from not getting enough vitamin C in your diet. You can exhibit symptoms of feeling tired, weak, and irritable as well as depression and anxiety. The diagnosis is usually based on symptoms and blood tests. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin which means that the body can easily eliminate it. It’s not a stockpile on the liver. Overdosing is unlikely and if it should occur, you may experience nausea, diarrhea and kidney stones. Although the maximum limit for all adults is 2,000 (mg) a day. Consult your nutritionist or doctor for the adequate amount required.

Whether or not the scientific studies of vitamin C deficiencies are helpful, is irrelevant. Yes, it’s nice to know that the studies back these facts but if you understand its function, than you’ll understand its deficiencies. Vitamins are what we need to survive. I believe that eating healthy and taking supplements, can be a significant prevention against ailments.

What Vitamin C Does:

1. Form blood vessels, muscles, collagen and cartilage in the bones.

2. Protects against infections.

3. Promotes absorption of iron.

4. It’s an antioxidant that helps protect the cells against the effects of free radicals.

5. Helps form epinephrine.

Severe Vitamin C Deficiency:

1. The deficiency causes scurvy, a condition showing signs of bruising, anemia, dry skin and hair, gum and other dental problems.

Good Food Sources:

Citrus fruits, strawberries, cantaloupe, broccoli, cabbage family, green leafy vegetables, potatoes, peppers and tomatoes.

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