From: HealthWatch 360
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Are you at risk for vitamin C deficiency?
Date: Thu Jul 24 16:05:33 MDT 2014

Your genes can influence your vitamin C needs

Vitamin C is essential for making collagen, an important structural protein component of the skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. It is also an antioxidant with the capacity to neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation in the body. Symptoms of vitamin C deficiency include:

1. Bleeding gums
2. Dry and splitting hair
3. Dry skin
4. Tiredness
5. Slow wound healing

Historically, sailors who went months without fruits and vegetables would often develop severe vitamin C deficiency, also known as scurvy. In modern society, severe deficiency is rare however mild vitamin C deficiency can occur due to genetic makeup.

One example is the SLC23A2 gene, which encodes a vitamin C transporter protein. About 28% of the general population carries a variant that causes reduced tissue accumulation and absorption of vitamin C. Another example is the Hp gene. About 52% of Asians and 48% of Caucasians carry two Hp2 variants that result in reduced antioxidant activity. With lower intake of vitamin C, these they are at even greater risk for deficiency. Lastly, vitamin C interacts with three variations of the MTHFR gene to regulate the level of folate in the body. People with these MTHFR variants need sufficient vitamin C in their diet to support adequate folate levels.

If you are experiencing any health symptoms, you can use the HealthWatch 360 App or Diet Evaluator web eTool to see if you find any patterns between your symptoms, vitamin C and other nutrient intake. To learn more about the interactions between your genes and vitamin C, and find vitamin C top food sources, click here.

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