Vitamin C Blood Test
A Vitamin C Blood Test detects vitamin C deficiency.
Vitamin C plays an important role in the growth and repair of body tissues, including repairing maintaining cartilage, bones, and teeth, healing wounds and forming scar tissue, and aids in making skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Individuals with malnutrition or malabsorption issues caused by gastrointestinal conditions, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, may be deficient in vitamin C. Those with alcoholism, kidney disease or failure, may also have vitamin C levels that are too low.
Vitamin C comes from fruits and vegetables. Good sources include citrus, red and green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and greens. Some juices and cereals have added vitamin C.
Deficient vitamin C levels can lead to:
- Gingivitis, bleeding gums, and weakened tooth enamel
- Decreased ability to fight infection and heal wounds
- Nosebleeds and easy bruising
- Dry, splitting hair and dry, rough skin
- Inflamed joints
- Weight gain caused by a slowed metabolism
Symptoms of vitamin C deficiency include:
- Sunken eyes
- Tender gums and/or tooth loss
- Muscular pain
- Reopening of old wounds or sores
- Loss of appetite
Health problems related to a vitamin C deficiency can get much worse over time, and may lead to some serious health issues. Long Term Problems from Low Levels of Vitamin C include:
- High blood pressure
- Gallbladder disease
- Certain cancers
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