What is Vitamin C deficiency?

Vitamin C deficiency is rare in developed countries, but it can occur among smokers, or those living with drug and alcohol abuse. Your body can’t make vitamin C on its own, which is why it’s an essential part of your diet. It’s needed for immune support as well as the health and repair of skin, tissues, teeth, and muscles.

An ongoing lack of vitamin C can lead to a condition called scurvy, which leads to easy bruising, bleeding, and joint pain. Vitamin C deficiency can be addressed with dietary supplements and a diet rich in vitamin C.

Common vitamin C deficiency symptoms:

  • Weak immune system
  • Split hair
  • Bruising
  • Slow wound healing
  • Bleeding gums
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Gum inflammation
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Teeth loss

What causes a vitamin C deficiency?

  • A diet lacking in vitamin C-rich foods
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • High fever or inflammation
  • An overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Surgery
  • Burns
  • Smoking

Further reading: Patient.info