Can A Lack Of Vitamin C Cause Disease?
A lack of Vitamin C is the known cause of scurvy. Vitamin C administered orally or intravenously, is the known cure for scurvy. Scurvy does not occur in most animals because most species can synthesize their own Vitamin C. Unlike most animals, humans cannot synthesize their own Vitamin C. To survive, humans beings must obtain adequate Vitamin C from their diet.
Similar to scurvy, cardiovascular disease is rarely seen in most animals. This includes animals with long lifespans such as elephants and tortoises. In humans, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death. Globally, an estimated 45,000 people die every day from cardiovascular disease; almost 2,000 deaths per hour.
Many scientists, researchers, health experts and clinicians believe there is sufficient evidence to support the theory that a lack of Vitamin C is the cause of cardiovascular disease. As such, they believe that a significant increase in Vitamin C can prevent or even cure cardiovascular disease, in the same way that it cures scurvy. If true, Vitamin C could save tens of thousands of lives every day.
A growing number of health practitioners believe that a lack of Vitamin C is a major contributing factor to many common medical ailments. And that increasing one's Vitamin C intake can help prevent, treat or even cure many of these conditions. One of the reasons often cited for this belief, is the fact that most animals increase their internal production of Vitamin C manyfold, when they are ill.
The list of serious medical conditions that may be caused by a lack of Vitamin C include heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cognitive decline, infections, osteoporosis, cancer and more. Additional conditions that may be caused by a lack of Vitamin C include gum disease, asthma, fatigue, mood swings, weight loss, joint aches, muscle aches, bruising, dental conditions, dry hair, dry skin and more.