Vitamin C Rich Foods
- Citrus fruits
- Green Pepper
- Human milk
Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps to stimulate the formation of Collagen in the body.
Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant in the body along with other antioxidants like Vitamin A and E. It prevents injury to the body tissues from toxic oxidation products.
It has a part in the synthesis of steroid hormones.
Vitamin C helps the intestines absorb and use iron
Vitamin C helps in the body use folic acid.
Vitamin C helps to process certain hormones like oxytocin, ADH, and CCK.
How the body gets rid of Vitamin C
The excretion of Vitamin C is through the urine. Some Vitamin C is also found in sweat.
Effects of Vitamin C deficiency-Scurvy
Vitamin C is a very important for the formation of collagen which is present in all connective tissues throughout the body. Deficiency of Vitamin C is sometimes called scurvy, its a really severe form of the deficiency these days is very rare because it is present in almost almost all juice drinks and fruits, but back in the days Vitamin C deficiency was a serious problem for pirates because of lack of citrus fruit and vitamin C rich foods on their ships. These days Vitamin C deficiency most likely occurs in babies fed with cows milk, elderly people living alone, alcoholics and drug addicts.
Signs and Symptoms
- Easy bleeding , especially in the nose, mouth, Gastrointestinal tract, Skin, Muscles, and especially the gums as they become spongy, swollen, red, ulcerated and bleed easily.
- Anemia (low on blood cells) and weakness.
- Skin shows small hemorrhages.
- Bleeding into joints even without injury.
- Painful joints and weak fragile bones.
- Since Vitamin C is needed in wound healing, as collagen is used to repair wound injuries, its deficiency results in a delayed healing of wounds and fractures.
Normal levels of vitamin C in the blood ranges from 0.7-1.2 mg/dL, a level below 0.1 indicates severe deficiency.