Bleeding gums? You may need more vitamin C


According to a study published online in the Nutrition Review on February 1, 2021, bleeding is a sign of gingivitis, but they can also indicate low levels of vitamin C in your diet. The researchers reviewed 15 published studies that included data from 1,140 healthy individuals and 8,210 people from the CDC's Health and Nutrition Review. They found that low levels of vitamin C in the bloodstream were associated with increased risk of gingivitis with mild examination. Researchers have also observed that increasing intake of vitamin C can help solve the problem.

Increased bleeding is, in general, one of the symptoms of scurvy, a disease caused by severe vitamin C deficiency. Scurvy, which often suffered from 18th-century sailors without access to fruits and vegetables, is rare today. However, this new study highlights the cause of gingivitis related to vitamin C levels, which is slightly lower - not enough to cause scurvy.

The recommended daily intake of vitamin C for adult men is 90 mg (mg). If you have continuous bleeding from the gums while brushing or swimming, you should see your dentist. But experts recommend increasing your vitamin C intake by eating foods like bananas, oranges, peppers and kiwi, or taking 100 mg to 200 mg of vitamin C daily.