Optimize Your Vitamin C Levels

You really shouldn’t be deficient in Vitamin C, as we have fairly abundant sources available to us from a healthy diet fruits and vegetables, but it is more common than we think to be deficient, almost daily we detect deficient levels in one of our patients. Here are some facts about Vitamin C to help you understand the role of this nutrient to your health.

  1. Blood testing of a vitamin can be done by the testing of the levels in our blood stream, or the functional levels can be detected in tissue.
  2. A level won’t tell you how your body is able to use its sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C can be less available than even the blood levels show as there are potential disruptions of our vitamin C nutrition by common health problems as well as nutritional mistakes.
  3. Vitamin C is a critical part of healing. If you are exercising a lot, if you have recently had a medical procedure, or sustained an injury you may need extra Vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for fighting infections, cancers, and repairing and healing after an injury, and your body will burn through usual.
  4. Vitamin C helps fight the inflammation that causes pain. With the keeping your body from being deficient in vitamin C you can help reduce pain medication use.
  5. Aspirin increases the secretion of vitamin C and thus reduces the ability of your cells to grab and use the vitamin C, thus it is just sent into the urine.
  6. Women who haven’t had their vitamin C levels checked might think about getting them measured. This can be measured by a blood level test or a functional tissue test.
  7. Vitamin C can help with medical issues. Adequate levels help to keep uric acid level normal in those with gout.
  8. Skin that is healthy has fairly high concentrations of vitamin C. The Vitamin C in skin stimulates our collagen, and is a significant part of the antioxidant protection against photoaging. Some vitamin C in skin can come from nutritional intake, but higher concentrations can be obtained from applying it topically.

For testing of your levels, or understanding how this is important for your health, call us!

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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