Vitamin C deficiency: signs, causes, what to do?

Insufficient intake of vitamin C, especially in winter, can lead to its deficiency. Here are the signs of deficiency and what to eat or supplement to reverse it!

The vitamin C is necessary for the proper functioning of the body. It is not produced by the body. Therefore, the contribution is necessary. It is mostly found fruits and vegetables. It plays an important role in the operation Immune systemwhile making collagen and to healing. Vitamin C deficiency presents with a variety of symptoms that need to be noticed and managed to prevent future complications. What are the signs of vitamin C deficiency? How do we know if we are missing it? How to prevent and treat deficiency? Answers with Dr. Nina Cohen-Koubi, nutritionist.

What are the signs of vitamin C deficiency?

A severe deficiency of vitamin C is manifested by:

  • big fatigue
  • risk anorexia
  • from joint pain
  • a bad smell
  • from bleeding gums
  • about irritability
  • weakened tendons and ligaments
  • dry skin
  • brittle and dull hair
  • beatings which occur easily (weakened blood vessels)

What are the causes of vitamin C deficiency?

Vitamin C deficiency may be associated with lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet. “Vitamin C is found in red pepper, parsley, oranges, black currants, especially lemons“, recalls nutritionist Dr. Nina Cohen-Koubi. Vitamin C deficiency can also cause stress. “Vitamin C is normally absorbed in the intestine. But when the vagus nerve is inhibited by chronic stress, resorption in the intestine is worse. So, a person under stress will absorb vitamin C more poorly and may be deficient“, our interlocutor elaborates. The belly breathing stimulates the vagus nerve under stress. Learn to master it!

What are the consequences of vitamin C deficiency?

Vitamin C is involved in the movement of white blood cells to fight a virus. “Deficiency will weaken the immune system and especially will cause repeated infections like a string of colds in winter” says Dr. Cohen-Koubi.We need vitamin C to absorb it iron, especially of vegetable origin (for example, lentils). For a person who is deficient in vitamin C will not absorb or poorly absorb plant-based iron emphasizes the nutritionist. It will be more under control anemia accompanied fatigue, paleness, dizziness…Vitamin C at last promotes better healing. A deficiency can slow it down.

Vitamin C deficiency is diagnosed a blood test during which a vitamin C test is performed. This test is prescribed by the attending physician, taking into account the above-mentioned symptoms.

What diseases are caused by vitamin C deficiency?

“The scurvy is the main disease associated with severe vitamin C deficiency“Our expert answers immediately. This disease is very rare today. People with severe nutritional deficiencies can get it. “The recommended daily dose of vitamin C is 110 mg. It can be said that the symptoms of scurvy appear after 1-3 months of complete deprivation explained to us Dr. Romain Troalen, General Practitioner, in an article devoted to the disease. Vitamin C deficiency can eventually lead to recurrent infections (e.g. a cold) joint pain and increases risk cardiovascular diseases.

Who is most at risk of vitamin C deficiency?

The smokers who “consume” vitamin C more than average and a pregnant woman there is a higher risk of vitamin C deficiency.Not forgetting for those who don’t eat (enough) fruits and vegetables!– remembers Dr. Nina Cohen-Koubi

“I take a course of supplements to combat vitamin C deficiency 500 mg to 1 g per day for 3 weeks” recommended by a nutritionist. After this treatment, we do a repeat blood test to check if the vitamin C level has returned to normal. The nutritionist reminds me of this an excess of vitamin C is also harmful to the body : diarrhea, abdominal pain, kidney stones… “You do not have to do not pour without the advice of a doctor and follow the doses establishedsupports the expert.

We integrate fruits and vegetables in our diet and we pay attention Cooking. “Vitamin C is sensitive to heat and light. Therefore, it is necessary that the cooking is fast (vegetables “al dente”) and on low heat so as not to lose the vitamin C richness of the food.

Thank you Dr. Nina Cohen-Koubinutritionist.

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