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Are You Low in Vitamin C?

 

Vitamin C is often overlooked as an essential vitamin since it seems so common. But more people are consistently low in Vitamin C than one might think. Your body doesn't make or store vitamin C, so you have to take it every day. On Average, women need a minimum of 75mg a day and men 90mg a day and studies show you can take up to 2000 mg per day with no digestive stress. Each individual is different, of course.

Here are some signs you may be short on Vitamin C.

Slow healing. Your body needs Vitamin C to make collagen, a protein that plays a role in each stage of repairing the skin. So when you’re hurt, your body uses up the available Vitamin C which will obviously need to be replinished. Vitamin C also helps neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that fights off infection and assists in the healing process.

Bleeding gums, nosebleeds, bruises. Vitamin C keeps your blood vessels healthy, and it helps your blood clot. The collagen it helps produce is essential for healthy teeth and gums. One study found that people with gum disease who ate grapefruit for 2 weeks noticed their gums didn't bleed as much.

Weight Gain. Vitamin C does play a role in effectively burning fat for energy. Early research has found a link between low levels of vitamin C and higher amounts of body fat, especially that big ole beer belly.

Dry, Wrinkled Skin. A healthy diet with plenty of vitamin C may help with smoother, softer skin. Its antioxidant properties protect the skin from free radicals that can breakdown proteins, oils and even DNA. Collagen production by Vitamin C also keeps the skin healthy.

Tired and Cranky. In a very small study, 6 of the 7 men who had low levels of vitamin C said they felt tired and irritable. That suggests a link, though other things could be playing a role. Another study of 141 office workers found that giving them vitamin C made them feel less tired within 2 hours, especially if their level was lower to start with. Then the effect lasted for the rest of the day.

Weak Immunity. Immune function support is what Vitamin C is best known for. It has several jobs related to your immune system, from assisting in staying well to assisting in recovery. Although there’s many newer supplements like Beta Glucan and Colloidal Silver that take the limelight, Vitamin C is still tried and true for immune function support.

Vision Loss. As one ages, our eyesight tends to go and it may get worse faster without vitamin C and other antioxidants and certain minerals. Getting enough vitamin C from foods might help vision health, but there's more research to be done to understand that relationship better.

Scurvy. Before the 1700s, this potentially deadly disease used to be a huge problem for sailors. Today, it's very rare but still possible if you get only 10 mg/day of vitamin C or less. We suggest if you are a sailor with an old wooden boat, don’t sail across the ocean without a couple of bottles of Vitamin C since a couple of barrels of oranges might be too bulky.  ARGH!

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