Vitamin C: The 7 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough

The 7 Signs You're Not Getting Enough Vitamin C

Let’s talk about the best indicators of a vitamin C deficiency. It’s crucial to understand that synthetic vitamin C is very different from natural vitamin C. In nature, vitamins come as a complex. Ascorbic acid, which is synthetic vitamin C, is only one piece of the vitamin C complex.

The 7 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Vitamin C

There are roughly about 7 ways to know if you are low in vitamin c .

Vitamin C explained

But I first wanna cover some confusions about vitamin c .

Vitamin C explained

The first one is between synthetic vitamin c and natural vitamin c .

If you look this up , you’ll you’ll be told that they’re the same .

There’s no difference between synthetic vitamin c and natural vitamin c .

Chemically , they’re the exact identical molecules .

Well , these studies , if you actually read them , mainly talk about absorption rate .

It’s absorbed the same .

Well , they might be the same , but in nature , they’re very , very different .

In fact , ascorbic acid , which is now called vitamin c , really is just one little piece of the vitamin c complex .

In nature , you never see just plain ascorbic acid .

But when you see the studies that show there’s no difference between synthetic versus natural , they’re really only talking about absorption rate .

They’re not talking about if vitamin c created an effect in the body .

They’re mainly talking about , well , it absorbs at the same rate in the same amount .

But I wanna know , will it actually fix my problem ?

Well , even the gentleman who discovered vitamin c , okay , back , I think it was 1939 , said that you can’t cure scurvy , with isolated ascorbic acid .

You can’t cure scurvy .

Scurvy is a severe vitamin c deficiency .

And I’m not saying that there’s no benefits from synthetic vitamin c .

I just want to let you know there’s a huge difference between synthetic versus what you see in nature that is part of the vitamin c complex .

And most of the synthetic vitamin c that is sold out there is made by China , and they make it from sulfuric acid in cornstarch .

And you’re gonna tell me that’s the same thing as what they have in nature .

Well , I don’t think so .

In nature , vitamin c comes as a complex .

You have ascorbic acid as one part .

You also have vitamin p , which is the the bioflavonoids part , And p stands for permeability because it’s related to vascular permeability .

And this is why if you’re deficient , you tend to have more bleeding because there’s more leaking through your capillaries

And then you also have vitamin k as part of the vitamin c complex too .

So that’s included in a lot of functions , and the j factor has to do with increasing oxygen in the lung .

And you also have copper as a trace mineral within the vitamin c complex in an enzyme form called tyrosinase , which is involved in rebuilding collagen , okay , and connective tissue .

Vitamin C adrenal glands .

So this is why vitamin c is very , very important in collagen formation , connective tissue , joint health , and a lot of the vitamin c is stored in the adrenal glands .

And your white blood cells also need vitamin c as part of the immune system .

When you take vitamin c , the duration of your cold can be a little bit less , but your immune system needs vitamin c .

Benefits of vitamin C

Vitamin c is good for connective tissue and also supporting the walls of the capillaries to make sure they don’t leak .

Benefits of vitamin C

Vitamin c is a very powerful antioxidant .

In one study , which I’m gonna put down below , they tested in a lab .

So they took vitamin c , and they wanted to see if it it was a really good antioxidant .

And they found it actually was a pro oxidant , okay , in this study .

Well , what does that mean ?

Well , very simply , if you envision a free radical , okay , which is it’s kind of an unpaired electron .

Let’s say you took this little plate that’s spinning on my finger , and you had 2 different weights on either side to balance it out as it spins .

And then you took one of these these weights off .

You can compare that to a free radical because it’s an unpaired electron .

gonna balance

So we have , something that’s not gonna balance .

And since the thing is spinning , you can have a lot of damage with this unstable radical molecule .

And antioxidant comes in and donates that missing electron , so now it can be balanced and spin and be more stable .

But if you’re gonna take , ascorbic acid , okay , or any synthetic antioxidant , And what’s gonna happen , it’s going to donate its electron , and then it itself is gonna be unpaired .

It becomes a free radical .

In nature and in your body , you you always have networks of antioxidants .

So the one donates electron , it can then receive another electron from another antioxidant , and they can share their electrons .

In fact , vitamin c helps to regenerate vitamin e with this very , same mechanism .

Because , let’s say , for example , you have a lot of , problems in your arteries and vitamin e is donating the electrons and you also took vitamin c .

Vitamin c can help recharge the vitamin e so it can then start donating more of these electrons to help with this antioxidant effect .

Top symptoms of low vitamin C

What are the ways that you can determine if you’re low in vitamin c ?

number 1 , the big one is bleeding gums .

If you brush your teeth and it’s now these red little streaks in your toothbrush and you’re bleeding and your gums , chances are you’re low in vitamin c .

Number 2 , you might have these small little red and purple dots on your skin .

Sometimes you see them in the lower leg .

Sometimes they can be anywhere on the body .

But this is an indication of low vitamin c .

of low vitamin C

number 3 , is bruising .

Now remember I talked about this k one right here in the vitamin c complex ?

Well , vitamin k helps to prevent bleeding .

So it’s kind of a coagulation .

So it’s gonna help you prevent , this excessive bleeding when you injure yourself .

But if you have a vitamin c deficiency without any injury , no no reason for bruising and you get a bruise , you might wanna look at a vitamin c deficiency .

Next one is dry , rough , scaly skin .

That can be a vitamin c deficiency .

And as a side note , the chemical , structure of vitamin c is very similar to glucose .

And so if you’re consuming sugar at the same time you’re consuming vitamin c , guess what’s gonna take priority ?

The glucose .

This is why kids , adults who consume a lot of sugar are usually always low in vitamin c .

Also , if you’re a smoker , you’re gonna be deficient in vitamin c because the need for vitamin c goes way up .

Chicken skin .

Chicken skin .

Like , maybe in the back of the arms , you see these little little , bumps that you have .

And they’re slightly red , or it could be on the legs or your thighs .

That could be a vitamin c deficiency .

It could also be an omega 3 fatty acid deficiency as well .

Nosebleeds are a symptom of low vitamin c .

And then we have dry splitting hair , which is another indication that you are low in vitamin c .

The best source of vitamin C

Now the best way to get vitamin c is from food or food concentrates , from lemon or lemon juice .

The problem with lemon juice is that it’s heated , and heat destroys vitamin c .

So if you’re gonna use lemon juice to get your vitamin c , make sure you get it from actual lemons that you juice or blend the whole lemon like I do in the morning with a glass of water and a teaspoon of my electrolyte powder .

It tastes great .

peppers , any type of peppers , green peppers , red peppers .The best source of vitamin C

But you can get vitamin c from peppers , any type of peppers , green peppers , red peppers .

Vitamin c is in cabbage .

vitamin c is in the berries , but the highest vitamin c is in sauerkraut

Sauerkraut .

Sauerkraut The best source of vitamin C

One cup of sauerkraut could give you up to , like , 10 times the vitamin c that your body requires each day .

Now since vitamin c is an interesting topic , you should probably watch my other topics I did on vitamin c right here .

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The natural vitamin C complex includes:
• Ascorbic acid
Vitamin P
Vitamin K
Vitamin J
• Copper

Overall, vitamin C is essential to support your immune system, connective tissue, and capillaries. It’s also a very powerful antioxidant.

The top signs of low vitamin C:

  1. Bleeding gums
  2. Small red and purple dots on your skin
  3. Bruising
  4. Dry, rough, or scaly skin
  5. Chicken skin
  6. Nose bleeds
  7. Dry, splitting hair

The best sources of vitamin C are foods high in vitamin C or food concentrates.

Foods rich in vitamin C:
• Lemons
• Peppers
• Cabbage
• Blueberries
• Sauerkraut


Dr. Berg

I am a health educator specializing in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods such as the keto diet plan and intermittent fasting

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