Vitamin C is known as the grandfather of Antioxidants. It's necessary for many functions in your body and deficiency can happen within 1 month of being on a low Vitamin C diet. Humans are one of the few mammals that can not produce it on their own. Although we have the gene to make Vitamin C, it is not turned on and scientists have not figured out how to turn it on.
Studies show that because of our poor diet in North America, upwards of 33% of people are low in Vitamin C and upwards of 20% are severely deficient, producing symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency, otherwise known as Scurvy.
Symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency can include fatigue, irritability, frequent infections, swollen gums and nose bleeds. Also poor healing, aches and pains, shortness of breath, sore loose teeth and bone pain can occur.