We are generally accustomed to taking Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) when we feel flu-like with discomfort or having a cold, but there are several reasons for taking vitamin C daily. We all suffer from a deficiency of Vitamin C, because the human body does not produce vitamin C nor stores it, so the additional intake of this vitamin is essential.
What happens to the body if not enough Vitamin C is consumed for colds and flu?
As mentioned, we know that consuming Vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system which prevents colds and flu, but low levels or lack of Vitamin C in our body can cause the following:
- Delayed wound healing.
- Increased allergic symptoms.
- Shortness of breath, asthma, fatigue, weakness.
- Nose bleeds.
- Dental fragility, bleeding gums, and mouth infections weakened enamel.
- Inflammation of the joints.
- Increased risk of infection.
- Low levels of collagen, which can cause dryness and hair loss.
- Poor quality of sperm in men in addiction to tobacco.
- Bruising or spontaneous bruising.
Causes that lead to vitamin C deficiency
- Intake of aspirin, antibiotics, cortisone or tranquilizers.
- Prolonged use of contraceptives.
- High intake of alcohol.
- Smoking, cigarettes destroys between 25 and 100 mg. vitamin C.
- Pregnancy and lactation.
- Significant emotional disturbances.
- Infectious diseases.
Generally, consumption of Vitamin C within the recommended dose does not cause side effects, but it is advisable to consult a specialist if you have any special medical condition such as diabetes, cancer, history of kidney stones, etc.
Vitamin C is present in many foods such as fruits and vegetables; it can also be included in your daily diet by consuming supplements containing Vitamin C and click on Vitamin C for more information.