Vitamin-C-Mangel trotz “guter” Ernährung? | Dr. med. Dirk Wiechert
As part of our new video series about vitamins, I would like to elaborate on the importance of vitamin C today. It is absolutely necessary in low doses and capable of extraordinary performances in high doses. But how much do I need? When does it make sense? What does average Joe need to know about it? I’ll try to give you some answers! Dr. med. Dirk Wiechert – General practitioner – causal, holistic, natural
Vitamin C deficiency despite “good” nutrition? Vitamin C is an essential vitamin. In fact, all vitamins are essential, which means we have to eat them. If we don’t, it will cause problems. In case of vitamin C, the primary symptoms of a deficiency are bleeding from the gums, capillary brittleness, lack/rarefaction of bone, or weakness of the connective tissue. Moreover, it has an antioxidative effect and can therefore lead to gray cataract. How much oxidative stess did I actually have in my lenses? How well am I supplied with antioxidants, in that case vitamin C? And how can I protect from such influences? According to the German Society for Nutition, 110 mg vitamin C per day are enough for average Joe and Jane. This is doable by eating five servings of vegetables, or four servings of vegetables and one serving of fruit per day. Provided that these vegetables are fresh and not too old. Even freezing can lead to a loss of vitamin C. There are reports concerning the food in hospitals which seems to not contain any vitamins. According to examinations, not even the recommended “fresh salad” seems to provide anything. Thus, we have to ask ourselves what to do differently. However, food logs and measurements show that the patients in my office, who are usually taking good care of their diet, have good vitamin C values even without fully consuming the recommended amount. On the other hand, some patients eat more than the recommended amount but still have a deficiency. These people are either losing it through the kidney, or not even absorbing it because it passes the bowel to quickly. A dysbalance between oxidation and antioxidation caused by inflammations, infections, electrosmog, toxins, stress, smoking etc, can lead to an increased consumption and therefore deficiency of vitamin C as well. Several small doses up to 200 mg per day are very good, since they are usually 100 percent absorbed. Taking large doses of about 1000 mg at once can lead to diarrhea, and therefore vitamins are simply secreted again. To sum up, we definitely need vitamin C. Scurvy is a possible disease resulting from deficiency. Symptoms are loose teeth, gum decrease, bleeding, and reoccurring illness. In these cases, you should definitely check for vitamin C, and think about whether your current nutrition meets the minimal requirements. During my studies, I thought by drinking a multivitamin juice every day, I would avoid a vitamin deficiency. At the time, I had a so-called geographic tongue. That means the tongue looks somehow like a globe. None of my colleagues or fellow students knew what it was. I assumed I could not have a deficiency because I was drinking multivitamin juice, eating bread, and other mixed costs. Today I know I was wrong, because that problem solved itself after I consciously decided to change my diet. If you also have such problems, first thing you should think about is the diet. You are what you eat! If you liked this video, feel free to rate, comment, and subscribe to the channel to not miss out on anything!