Impact of the Vitamin C deficiency

Impact of Vitamin C deficiency

It is known since ancient times as Scurvy disease. Often associated with sailors when fresh supply
of foods was very restricted.
Factors that induce scurvy disease:

  • being a child or 65 years of age and over
  • daily alcohol consumption
  • use of illegal drugs
  • restrictive or specified diets
  • low income, reduced access to nutritious foods
  • living in areas with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables
  • eating disorders or psychiatric conditions that involve a fear of food
  • neurological conditions
  • disabilities
  • forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease , or ulcerative colitis
  • digestive or metabolic conditions
  • living in a place where the cultural diet consists almost entirely of carbohydrates like
  • breads, pastas, and corn
  • chronic diarrhea
  • dehydration
  • smoking
  • chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • dialysis and kidney failure
  • chronic diarrhea
  • dehydration
  • smoking
  • chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • dialysis and kidney failure

Scurvy symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Teeth loss
  • Anemia
  • Weakness
  • Skin problems
  • Poor wound healing
  • Myalgia
  • Shortness of breath
  • In time generalized edema and severe jaundice are present
  • It can be fatal if not treated.
Vitamin C deficiency

Why this vitamin C is so important?
It is needed for collagen making that is an important component in connective tissue development
(collagen is vital for blood vessels structure), iron absorption , cholesterol metabolism and other
functions.
For pregnant women: studies had shown that Vit C is important in fetal brain development.

Where do we get it from?

  • fruits, veggies : kiwi, oranges, berries, guava, broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, bell peppers, etc.
  • Supplements

FAQ

What is the daily dose of Vitamin C?

– 60-90mg a day, 2000mg is upper limit

Is it possible to take too much Vitamin C?

– The Vit C overdose it is unlikely to be harmful but it may cause: Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting,
headache, insomnia , kidney stone , increased Iron absorption .

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