Bleeding gums may indicate Vitamin C deficiency ─Study

*Researchers say the eyes can also be affected by low levels of Vitamin C

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Researchers from the University of Washington, in the United States, in a fresh study found that consumers who experience bleeding gums may need to increase their Vitamin C intake.

In their study findings, bleeding gums are not always an indication of gum disease. Instead, the researchers it could highlight a Vitamin C deficiency.

Researcher Philippe Hujoel said: “When you see your gums bleed, the first thing you should think about is not, I should brush more.

“You should try to figure out why your gums are bleeding. And vitamin C deficiency is one possible reason.”

In monitoring Vitamin C intake for the study, the researchers analysed data from 15 previous studies that included information on nearly 10,000 participants.

They assessed the frequency that participants experienced bleeding gums and also examined their diets to measure their Vitamin C intake.

The study revealed that bleeding gums don’t always mean that a trip to the dentist is necessary.

In many instances, bleeding gums can be a sign that consumers need to incorporate more Vitamin C into their diets.

Vitamin C deficiencies can also present as bleeding in the eyes, and in both cases, upping Vitamin C consumption was effective in eliminating those symptoms.

The researchers explained that the link between Vitamin C deficiencies and bleeding gums had been widely popular a few decades ago, but it has since been replaced by the idea that consumers need to improve their dental hygiene habits.

However, the researchers explained that not all gum bleeding is the same, and monitoring Vitamin C intake can be a good way for consumers to better understand their bodies.

Hujoel stated: “There was a time in the past when gingival bleeding was more generally considered to be a potential marker for a lack of vitamin C.

“But over time, that’s been drowned out or marginalised by this over-attention to treating the symptom of bleeding with brushing or flossing, rather than treating the cause.”

According to the researchers, it is important to note that bleeding of both the eyes and the gums can also be an indication of more serious microvascular issues.

However, the researchers recommend that consumers stay mindful of their Vitamin C intake and consult with their doctors regarding any questions or concerns.

For consumers looking to add more Vitamin C into their diets, the researchers suggest fruits like oranges or kiwis and vegetables like kale and peppers.

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