This vitamin deficiency may be to blame

This vitamin deficiency may be to blame

Anyone who frequently has to deal with bleeding gums could be suffering from a vitamin deficiency. This is suggested by a study from the University of Washington.

Whether it’s when brushing your teeth or eating, some people constantly struggle with bleeding gums. This is not only unpleasant, but also suggests that something may be wrong with your own health. As a study from the University of Washington found, a lack of a certain vitamin could be to blame. You can find out which vitamin it is and what the researchers suggest in this article.

By the way: Water-soluble vitamins fulfill numerous important functions in the body. However, the body cannot store them.

Cause of bleeding gums: This vitamin deficiency can be to blame

In the study, Philippe Hujoel, a professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, and his colleagues wanted to find out whether the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested amount of vitamin C we should consume daily to prevent scurvy (10 mg daily) is also enough to prevent other health problems such as bleeding gums. The recommended dose varies depending on age, gender and other factors, but is usually between 75 and 90 milligrams daily for adults. In this context, the German Nutrition Society states a higher value of 110 mg per day for men and 95 mg per day for women. The need may increase accordingly for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and smokers.

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As the study authors explain in an article published in Nutrition Reviews, bleeding gums can be a sign of weakness in small blood vessels called microvessels. These small vessels supply the gums with blood, nutrients and oxygen. If they are weakened, they can be damaged more easily – for example by brushing your teeth. The cause may be a vitamin C deficiency vitamin C According to the Pharmazeutische Zeitung, plays an essential role in the formation of collagen, which in turn is essential for the strength of blood vessel walls, as MSD Manuals explains.

To investigate the influence of an increased amount of vitamin C, Hujoel and his colleagues analyzed data from 15 different clinical studies with a total of 1,140 participants and also used information from a large US health survey (NHANES III) with over 8,000 participants.

More vitamin C needed for better health in the future?

What they found was interesting: When people whose blood vitamin C levels were relatively low, below 28 μmol/L (micromoles per liter), were supplemented with additional vitamin C, they were less likely to have bleeding gums. This suggests that the current recommended amount of vitamin C, which is primarily aimed at preventing scurvy, may not be sufficient to adequately support microvascular health. However, the study authors explain that the effect was not as noticeable in people with already higher vitamin C levels. One myth that persists in connection with vitamin C is the belief that vitamin C can prevent colds.

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The results suggested that increasing daily vitamin C intake above the recommended amount could help prevent not only scurvy, but also bleeding gums and possibly other problems associated with microvascular health, such as retinal hemorrhages. This could mean that general dietary recommendations for vitamin C need to be adjusted to better support overall vascular health.

However, further research is needed to determine the optimal amount of vitamin C required to adequately support microvascular health.

By the way: If you want to increase your vitamin C consumption, you should take a look at our list, which lists the 36 foods that contain the most vitamin C. But you shouldn’t overdo it when taking vitamin C either, because in the worst case scenario, an overdose could result in ascorbic acid poisoning.


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