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Seeing 12 Symptoms of Vitamin C Deficiency


You know that Vitamin C can help keep colds at bay and lessen their severity, but that’s definitely not the only reason you should be consuming this important antioxidant.

Not getting enough Vitamin C can lead to a variety of health problems, from feeling tired all the time to oral bleeding without explanation. The good news is that eating an orange, drinking orange juice or taking supplements can usually remedy this deficiency pretty quickly. Let’s take a look at 12 signs you’re not getting enough C.

1. Enflamed/Bleeding Gums

One of the biggest telltale signs you’re running low on Vitamin C is having gums that bleed easily (especially when brushing or flossing). If you have any sores on your gums, low C means they won’t heal as quickly, adds Reader’s Digest.

Swollen gums are from inflammation, “a process that vitamin C helps prevent as an antioxidant,” it adds. Studies have shown that adequate C intake (the recommended amount is 65 to 90-mg a day) has been linked to better gum health, says the source.

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