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Vitamin C Deficiency Symptoms And Diseases

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Vitamin C is one the essential vitamins that has to be included in one's diet. It is required for a good cellular growth and proper functioning of the circulatory system, to maintain body health, for tissue repair, for healing wounds and collagen production.

Vitamin C is antioxidant that prevents damage caused by the free radicals in the body.

Daily intake of vitamin C for women should be about 75 mg per day and for men it has to be 90 mg. If the daily intake of vitamin C is less than the recommended level, it can cause vitamin C deficiency.

Vitamin C deficiency diseases can be treated with natural foods and dietary supplements. Including more of vitamin C-rich foods is the best way to combat vitamin C deficiency-related diseases.

Some of the symptoms of vitamin C deficiency are fatigue, swelling of gums, joint pain, slow healing of wounds, bleeding gums, change in the texture of hair and skin.

There are a few more diseases that are associated with vitamin C deficiency. Therefore, in this article, we at Boldsky will be listing out some of the diseases that are caused by the deficiency of vitamin C. Read on to know more about it.



Vitamin C is an antioxidant that destroys free radicals that damage the cells in the body. A lack of vitamin C can lead to cancer. It is found to be very effective in treating cancers such as that related to the skin, cervix and breast.



Lack of vitamin C in the body can lead to the respiratory disorder called asthma. Including more of citrus fruits in the diet protects one against the chronic disease asthma.



Vitamin C enhances the function of the cells in the immune system like neutrophils, lymphocytes and phagocytes. Neutrophils help to get rid of the attacks from microorganisms like bacteria and virus. It also helps to increase the number of circulating antibodies within the blood stream.


Cardiovascular Diseases:

Deficiency of vitamin C paves a way for cardiovascular diseases such as leaking of the blood vessels, week blood vessels and a reduced heart function. Including more citrus fruits in the diet can thus reduce the risk of heart attacks.



Vitamin C is necessary for the absorption of iron required for haemoglobin and red blood cell production and circulation. Deficiency of iron leads to anaemia. An insufficient level of vitamin C reduces the body's ability to absorb iron.



Scurvy is the resultant of deficiency of vitamin C. This can be treated by increasing the vitamin C intake. Consuming fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C like strawberries, tomatoes, citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables can reduce the risk of scurvy.

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Story first published: Monday, March 7, 2016, 22:01 [IST]
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