Do you feel exhausted often? Check your vitamin C levels! Vitamin C has become famous since Covid-19's arrival. Doctors, health practitioners, and even the WHO recommend taking Vitamin C on a daily basis to boost immunity and avoid cold allergies.This affected the price of citric fruits like lemons, amla, and oranges. Overnight, the pharmaceutical industry increased the production of vitamin C tablets. Perhaps the sales of these fruits and tablets also increased. Nonetheless, there are a significant number of people worldwide who are vitamin C deficient.The reason may be that you are not consuming the required dosage of vitamin C and other nutrients as per your body.
Every human body is different. Its needs and demands for nourishment are also different. One should be aware of his body, its requirements, and accordingly, the nourishment should be taken care of. Hence, in many of our articles we have discussed Vitamin C, its importance, sources etc. Let us now discuss the deficiency of Vitamin C or ascorbic acid.
Brief Intro of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential for the formation, growth, maintenance, and repair of bone, skin, and connective tissue. Not just calcium but also vitamin C helps maintain healthy teeth and gums. It helps the body absorb iron (non-heme) from green vegetables , which is needed to make red blood cells. It is also known to aid in healing burns and wounds. Try citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, strawberries, and guavas to get vitamin C from food. Like the tripeptide glutathione, mineral zinc, and vitamin E, vitamin C is an antioxidant. It protects cells against damage by free radicals. Some of these reactions can cause damage while aging.
Causes of Vitamin C Deficiency
In adults, vitamin C deficiency usually results due to poor balanced diet, alcoholism, smoking and dialysis. Vitamin C deficiency may result from a diet deficient in fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, over cooking can destroy some of the vitamin C in food.
The following conditions increases the requirements for vitamin C and the risk of vitamin C deficiency:
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
An overactive thyroid gland ( hyperthyroidism)
Diarrhoea that lasts a long time
Smokers: Smoking increases the vitamin C requirement by 30%
Common Symptoms of Vitamin C
Feeling tired, weak, and irritable are the common symptoms of low vitamin C. You may lose weight and have body pain, muscle and joint aches. Here the role of collagen comes which brings the importance of Vitamin C.
Anemia may develop if not treated. Low levels of vitamin C may contribute to iron deficiency anemia by reducing the absorption of iron from plant-based foods (non-heme iron) and negatively affecting iron metabolism.
You may get bleeding around the gums, in severity under the skin, follicle and into the joints. The gums become swollen and purple. The teeth eventually become weak. The hair becomes dry, brittle, and also the skin becomes dry, rough, and scaly. Infections may develop, and wounds do not heal, dibetic patients must be more careful.
The diagnosis is based on symptoms like explained above and by blood tests. Increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and taking vitamin C supplements by mouth usually corrects the deficiency. Tuskca Vitamin C is pure amla extracted vitamin C combined with zinc.
Vitamin C has a significant role in collagen production. Now, everyone at least knows that collagen is important for healthy and beautiful skin. It helps the skin look plump and youthful. It has anti-aging properties. a healthy Epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C.
Vitamin C keeps skin healthy by protecting it from oxidative damage (free radicals) caused by the harmful sun rays and exposure to pollutants like air pollution, cigarette smoke or the ozone effect.
Studies show that vitamin C helps boost immunity by accumulating various types of immune cells to help them combat infection and destroy disease-causing pathogens.
Prevention & Control
Vitamin C deficiency can be avoided by eating the recommended amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables or taking vitamin C supplements on a daily basis. In the case of pregnant women and smokers it requires more. Vitamin C deficiency can be prevented and treated by;
Vitamin C supplements like Lifezen Healthcare’s Tuskca Vitamin C
A nutritious diet with consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables
In serious condition like scurvy, high doses of vitamin C supplements
Tuskca Vitamin C + zinc is made with pure extracts of Amla. The rich vitamin and mineral accomplishes the need of your body, healing it from roots. It is also a beauty treatment as you know Vitamin C and Zinc are high antioxidants helpful in nourishing hair and skin quality.