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What is Vitamin C’s role in the body?

vitaminc Feb 01, 2021

Vitamin C is responsible for managing many body functions, like keeping tissues together, producing thyroid hormones and optimising mental health.


It an essential antioxidant which is one of the bodies best lines of defence! But what happens if we cannot get enough Vitamin C? Today we will answer this question, as well as provide strategies to increase Vitamin C intake!


Nutritional consequences

A lack of Vitamin C can lead to severe consequences, impacting both physical and mental health.

When our body does not have enough Vitamin C, it starts to break down. This can result in symptoms like:

  • Bleeding
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pain
  • Loose teeth
  • Slow-healing wounds


This is what happened to sailors and seafarers, with the condition commonly referred to as scurvy. However, when the seamen introduced citrus fruits, like oranges and mandarins, they could avoid the symptoms above. 

 

Vitamin C deficiency can also lead to...

  1. Thyroid issues. Vitamin C is needed to produce thyroid hormones....
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