7 Signs of Vitamin Deficiency
1.You get sick more often than most people you know
Vitamin C keeps your immune system up and running. When you don’t have enough, your immune system weakens and you start catching every little thing that comes your way.
2. You bruise easily (and wonder what you could have run into)
A lack of vitamin C leads to weakened capillaries, so even a minor bump creates a bruise.
3. Your skin is dry or scaly
Vitamin C deficiency is often the culprit behind chronic dry skin and even those annoying small bumps on the back of arms or thighs. This is because vitamin C is so closely linked to collagen.
4. You have brittle hair and nails
In the grand scheme of things, hair isn’t a very important part of the body. That’s why nutrients like vitamin C are sent to more essential areas first, and hair just gets the leftovers – if there are any.
5. Nosebleeds are a regular occurrence
This happens for the same reason bruising does. Inadequate levels of vitamin C equals weakened and fragile blood vessels. * Provided you do not “pick” your nose habitually which many adults do. Regular “picking” damages the thin walls of your inner nose, so be gentle.
6. Your joints are swollen and/or sore
This critical vitamin plays a key role in fighting inflammation, which as you may know is the cause of conditions like arthritis. One study showed that people low in vitamin C were 3 times more likely to develop arthritis than those who ate a C-rich diet.
7. Cuts or burns seem like they take a long time to heal
Collagen is the tissue that binds a healing wound, and it can’t do so properly without vitamin C. This fact has been known since 1937 when doctors noticed spontaneous breakdown of surgical wounds in patients low in vitamin C.
If you identify with one or more items on this list, there’s a good chance you need more vitamin C in your diet.
When choosing vitamin C product, “natural” Vitamin C is of course what you want, synthetic Vitamin C is just ascorbic acid which chemically is the majority molecule of the Vitamin C complex but there many other smaller molecules that make up what we refer to as Vitamin C. Your body has evolved to absorb and work with all these components not just ascorbic acid.
You will not get the full benefit of Vitamin C unless you take ALL the parts together. This is one reason that medical research on Vitamin C historically said, “It doesn’t prevent or fight cold viruses…” because their research was on ascorbic acid and not the complete form of what we refer to as Vitamin C. I have also found that lower doses work better many times than the old way of mega dosing, 2000 mg or more.
So in closing, a wholefood, organic, non-GMO sourced product is what you want. There are many good sources out there, we have chosen to use Standard Process and Systemic Formulas vitamin C line. You can contact us for more information, here. Nutrition@doctordsays.com