“A new systemic review and analysis of clinical trials has found that bleeding of the gums on gentle probing, called gingival bleeding tendency, and also bleeding in the eye, called retinal hemorrhaging, is associated with low vitamin C levels in the bloodstream.” [Source: futurity.org]
It has long been known that gum disease and bleeding disorders can be a sign of vitamin C deficiency. In the case of scurvy, the clinical vitamin C deficiency disease, gum problems can become so severe that the patient’s teeth fall out. If not corrected through regular consumption of large amounts of vitamin C, end-stage scurvy results in the breakdown of bodily tissue and death from massive hemorrhages.
For optimum protection of teeth and gums, however, it isn’t just vitamin C that is needed. Also required are other nutrients that, along with vitamin C, are necessary for healthy collagen production. The most abundant protein in the body, collagen is a major component of connective tissue and essential for holding the gums and teeth together. In addition to vitamin C, other key collagen-promoting nutrients include the amino acids lysine and proline.
To learn how Dr. Rath’s micronutrient synergy approach helps maintain healthy teeth and gums, read this article on our website.