Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients that is necessary for the "development" of cells and connective tissues. In addition, it is indispensable for the formation of mucous membranes, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and blood vessels. The lack of vitamin C leads to a variety of diseases that can leave a deep imprint on the general condition of the body.
Lack of vitamin C
This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant, which plays a leading role in regulating the oxidation-reduction process and is involved in the production of collagen. The lack of vitamin C causes the termination of metabolic processes of iron and folic acid.
A sufficient amount of vitamin C in the body allows you to resist viral infections and strengthen the reparative process. In addition, it is used to treat certain cancers: in case of cancer, the body may require additional vitamins that help it "survive".
Lack of vitamin C the body can not make up for itself. It is necessary to constantly "external" replenishment. But do not forget that it is most unfavorably affected by high temperatures and various kinds of heat treatments, so the rule of consumption - natural products.
With a lack of vitamin C, scurvy develops. The main symptoms in this case are pain during movement, poor appetite, irritability. In some cases bleeding from the gums and swelling of the joints are possible.
Deficiency of vitamin C in the body can arise due to a lack of sufficient fresh fruit, vegetables or consumption of already "processed" products in the diet.
The most common diseases with a deficiency of vitamin C are anemia and rickets. And, because of the deficiency of collagen, in the formation of fibers of which this vitamin participates, it rises the risk of the fragility of the vessels and the destruction of connective tissues in the body.
Signs of vitamin C deficiency:
- decreased vision;
- pallor of the skin;
- changes in mucous membranes.
In order to make up for the lack of vitamin C in the body, it is necessary to include in the diet plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (for example, black currant, dog rose, sweet before, dill). A fairly large amount of vitamin C is contained in the walnut. In winter, you should eat sauerkraut.