10 Warning Signs of Vitamin C Deficiency from 10 Warning Signs of Vitamin C Deficiency

10 Warning Signs of Vitamin C Deficiency

Maintain a strong immune system and healthy tissues by consuming vitamin C. Experts say it is one of the most effective nutrients for your body.

The benefits of vitamin C are endless – it helps decrease the duration of the common cold, maintain blood vessels, prevent cell damage, and help fight free radical damage, just to name a few.

Some of the best food sources for vitamin C include guavas, kiwis, red peppers, oranges and strawberries. However, you can also get your daily intake from supplements.

The Vitamin Shoppe’s on-staff nutritionist Jaclyn Jacobsen says that some warning signs of vitamin C deficiency include weight gain, fatigue, swollen/painful joints, decreased immune function, and nosebleeds.

“For adults, the recommended dietary reference intake for vitamin C is 65 to 90 milligrams (mg) a day, and the upper limit is 2,000 mg a day,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

Bruising easily

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Individuals who have vitamin C deficiency will tend to bruise easily. The Vitamin Shoppe’s on-staff nutritionist Jaclyn Jacobsen says that “this is due to weakened blood capillaries beneath the skin.”

Weight gain

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Sudden weight gain is another warning sign. “A deficiency in this vitamin inhibits the body’s ability to use fat as a fuel source during physical activity and at rest,” Jacobsen says.

Fatigue

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“[Fatigue] needs to be combined with other symptoms specific to Vitamin C deficiency as fatigue is a common symptom of many other conditions,” Jacobsen says. “Vitamin C plays a role in mood regulation and stress management.”

Swollen/Painful joints

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“Vitamin C is essential for healthy collagen production which is needed for optimal joint function,” Jacobsen says. “A deficiency would lead to inflammation wherever collagen is prevalent, which includes the joints.”

Decreased immune function

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“Many of our white blood cells need vitamin C to function properly, so if there is a deficiency, their ability to fight off infection can be compromised,” Jacobsen says.

Dry skin/rash

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Dry skin or rashes on the body are “caused by a lack of collagen, which Vitamin C is needed for to produce and maintain,” Jacobsen says.

Nosebleeds

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Nosebleeds are “caused by damage to the capillaries in the nose,” Jacobsen says. “Vitamin C can strengthen the capillaries so they are not so fragile and less prone to rupturing.”

Swollen/Bleeding gums

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Individuals with vitamin C deficiency may have swollen or bleeding gums. This is “due to lack of collagen integrity in the gums,” Jacobsen says. “20 [percent] of collagen in the gums is turned over daily, so Vitamin C is imperative in ensuring proper collagen is being produced and maintained.”

Decreased wound healing time

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“Collagen is essential in the formation and bonding of new skin which is imperative during wound healing,” Jacobsen says.

Dry hair, splitting nails

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Hair and nails are a non-essential tissue, so Vitamin C will be utilized by the major organs first before being sent to hair and nails,” Jacobsen says. “If a person is deficient, most if not all their vitamin C will be used by the major organs and systems leaving little to be used to maintain nails and hair.”

10 Warning Signs of Vitamin C Deficiency