Monday, July 15, 2013

Article # 519. Vitamin C Defficiency



Too little vitamin C can lead to signs and symptoms of deficiency, including:
  • Anaemia
  • Bleeding gums
  • Decreased ability to fight infection
  • Decreased wound-healing rate
  • Dry and splitting hair
  • Easy bruising
  • Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
  • Nosebleeds
  • Possible weight gain because of slowed metabolism
  • Rough, dry, scaly skin
  • Swollen and painful joints
  • Weakened tooth enamel
A severe form of vitamin C deficiency is known as scurvy, which mainly affects older, malnourished adults.
Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin C:
Infants
  • 0 - 6 months: 40* milligrams/day (mg/day)
  • 7 - 12 months: 50* mg/day
*Adequate Intake (AI)
Children
  • 1 - 3 years: 15 mg/day
  • 4 - 8 years: 25 mg/day
  • 9 - 13 years: 45 mg/day
Adolescents
  • Girls 14 - 18 years: 65 mg/day
  • Boys 14 - 18 years: 75 mg/day
Adults
  • Men age 19 and older: 90 mg/day
  • Women age 19 year and older: 75 mg/day
Smokers or those who are around second hand smoke at any age should increase their daily amount of vitamin C an additional 35 mg per day.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and those who smoke need higher amounts of vitamin C. Ask your doctor what amount is best for you.

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