Vitamin C deficiency could affect the repair of tissues in the body. The powerful vitamin forms an important protein used to make skin, ligaments and blood vessels. It aids in the absorption of iron, repairs and maintains bones, teeth and cartilage, help with constipation and helps the body heal by forming scar tissue to heal wounds. While a vitamin C deficiency may be rare in developed countries it still affects some. A major sign that you are lacking in C is how your skin heals after a wound and you might need to take a supplement. Having a bruise for a long period after an injury and bruising easily are signs you might have vitamin C deficiency.
The skin also takes a long time to heal a wound and is a strong indicator that you need to up your vitamin C.
The most common risk factors for vitamin C deficiency are poor diet, alcoholism, anorexia, severe mental illness, smoking and dialysis.
The NHS describes the functions of vitamin C saying it helps to protect cells and keep them healthy, helps maintain healthy skin and helps with bodies ability to heal.
The NHS said: “Lack of vitamin C can lead to scurvy. Mild deficiencies may occur in infants given unsupplemented cows’ milk and in people with poor or very restricted diets.”
Signs you may have vitamin C deficiency: