You May Have Vitamin C Deficiency And What To Do About It
Written by: Kat Gal
Back in my childhood, every year as winter was approaching, my mother started giving me more oranges and one vitamin C a day. I still remember the little yellow pills – they were sugar coated (no comment on that), kind of like M&Ms.
I didn’t know what my ‘immune system’ was as a child, but I knew that vitamin C was supposed to protect me from illness and help me get well if I got sick. Little did I know just how powerful the contents of those pills really were.
What Is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that is used by your body for the development and maintenance of your scar tissues, cartilages and blood vessels.
Vitamin C is also a necessary and incredibly potent antioxidant that fights free radical damage, lessens oxidative stress and therefore lowers your risk of cancer. Only 500 mg a day lowers your cancer risks by 42% and your risk of any death by illness by 35%.
Further Benefits Of Vitamin C:
- Improves mineral absorption
- Improves teeth and gum health
- Necessary for your heart health and circulation
- Strengthens your immunity, therefore aiding your body to prevent and to recover from common colds and the flu
Therapeutic Uses Of Vitamin C
Did you know that vitamin C in high doses has been used to help many more diseases than just the common cold?
A high-dose of vitamin C given by an IV can potentially be an effective alternative for various cancers, particularly sarcoma, pancreatic, liver, ovarian and prostate cancer.
Megadoses of vitamin C have also been successfully used to help radiation-induced gene expression, polio, lockjaw, hepatitis, diabetes, tetanus and more.
When You Are Deficient In Vitamin C
It is impossible to successfully stress the importance of getting sufficient amounts of vitamin C. Without it, your immune system weakens and your body cannot maintain its ligaments, muscles and bones at its optimal level.
Possible Signs And Symptoms Of Vitamin C Deficiency:
- Rapid weight reduction: This is not a desired weight loss, but rather the result of malnutrition, resulting in sickness and weakness.
- Constantly feeling fatigued: Being physically and mentally tired may be the result of lacking sufficient vitamin C. Your body needs it to function optimally every day.
- Mood swings: Sometimes you feel happy, then suddenly down, then angry, then frustrated, then excited… The rapid changing of your moods (often without a reason) may be a sign of a vitamin deficit.
- Weakened immune system: If you are getting sick often, catching every cold and flu, it is probably due to a weak immune system, which is often correlated with low levels of vitamin C. Get your OJ going (fresh)!
- Easy bruising: Your body needs vitamin C to absorb iron. Low iron levels can lead to anemia, which causes easy bruising too, along with other symptoms like fatigue.
Top Sources Of Vitamin C:
- Yellow Bell Pepper
Tips For Getting More Vitamin C:
- Before breakfast: Start your day with a glass of lemon water.
- Breakfast: Make a fruit salad with some strawberries, oranges and kiwi. Make a green smoothie with some kale, use some papayas and mangos as your base and add some orange juice as a bonus. Make a green juice using kale, broccoli and lemon among other ingredients of your choice.
- Snack: Make a smoothie or green juice as described above. Snack on some fruits. Mix your Organifi Green Juice Powder with lemon water or orange juice.
- Lunch: Make a big salad with broccoli, cabbage, peas, kale and other veggies of your choice. Add some kale and peas to your sandwich. On a cold day, opt for a vegetable soup with broccoli and peas.
- Dinner: Make a big salad, or steam, stir-fry or bake some vegetables. Mix some kale with rice, quinoa, or gluten-free pasta.
- Dessert: Opt for some fruits that are high in vitamin C.
When Supplementing Vitamin C
The RDA recommends 90 mg/day for men and 75 mg/day for women, but more can’t hurt you either, especially if you are deficient or feeling sick. This recommendation is incredibly low, if you think about it.
Dr. Klenner in the Physician’s Handbook of Orthomolecular Medicine recommends a shockingly higher dose: 350 mg per kg of body weight per day for therapeutic use. A kg is 2.2 lbs. For preventative use, his recommendation is ⅙ of this amount taken 3 times a day.
You can’t overdose on vitamin C. If you are taking too much, your body will let you know through diarrhea. By testing your bowel tolerance you can easily figure out what’s the right amount and how much is too much for your body at one time and per day. Start with a lower dose, then keep increasing. Once you seem to reach your tolerance (think mild tummy troubles), cut back a bit and there you are.
Most vitamin C supplements on the market come in 500 or 1000 mg tablets or powder packets and as you’ve read earlier, even 500 mg significantly lowers your risk of cancer and disease.
Make sure to buy a trustable brand of vitamin C for maximal benefits rather than picking some up at the Dollar Store.
To learn more about the use of and importance of vitamin C and other vitamins, I highly recommend That Vitamin Movie. The documentary Food Matters also touches on the topic of vitamins, as well as the importance of eating whole foods.
Do you get enough vitamin C in? What is your favorite way to increase vitamin C in your diet? Do you have a favorite supplement? Please share with us below, we would love to hear from you.
Also remember that, in order to keep your body healthy, you need ALL vitamins and minerals, not just vitamin C. The Organifi Green Juice Powder is full of essential nutrients that your body needs. You can find it in our store, right here.
Kat Gál is a professional holistic health writer who helps health, wellness and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach. Kat is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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