April 4th is National Vitamin C Day, which was created to educate people on the wonders that vitamin C can do for the body. Vitamin C can lower people’s risk of developing heart disease, and it can also lower a person's blood pressure. It also helps to strengthen a person's immune system, which is why many people overload on foods high in vitamin C during the flu season or when fighting a cold. Most healthcare professionals advise anemic patients to consume vitamin C because it helps with the absorption of iron. In fact, it is recommended to take iron supplements with a glass of orange juice because it will help the body better absorb the iron compared to taking the supplement with water. On top of the wonderful health benefits, Vitamin C is also great for the skin as it helps to boost the production of collagen, which maintains the skin’s elasticity and keep people looking youthful.
Are Your Vitamin C Levels Low?
If you suspect that your vitamin C levels are low, you should see your doctor, so he can run the necessary tests, but here are some symptoms to look out for that might indicate that you have low vitamin C levels:
Wounds that won’t heal or heal slowly
Swollen and/or bleeding gums
Remember, these symptoms can be related to a different health issue, so it’s important that you consult with a doctor for any concerns regarding your health.