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Vitamin C, Folate and Internal Bleeding

author image Chad Bjorklund
Chris Bjorklund has been writing professionally since 2004 and has been primarily featured in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as "Nucleic Acids Research" and "Biochemistry." He has also been anonymously published as a content freelancer for several websites. He completed his doctoral degree in biochemistry at Washington State University in 2006.
Vitamin C, Folate and Internal Bleeding
Oranges are a good source of vitamin C which is an essential vitamin. Photo Credit Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

Internal bleeding is the result of tissues, organs or blood vessels spilling blood into areas of the body that do not typically contain blood or participate in active blood circulation. If not controlled, internal bleeding can cause serious health complications including anemia or even death. Excessive internal bleeding may require supplemental nutrients like folate and vitamin C to boost red blood cell production.

Internal Bleeding

Internal bleeding causes the accumulation of blood in some tissues and internal compartments, and can be fatal if not stopped. According to MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, symptoms of internal bleeding include chest pain, abdominal pain and discomfort, changes in skin tone, or blood visualized in vomit or stool. Other symptoms may include confusion, muscle weakness, loss of blood pressure, and shortness of breath, dizziness or light-headedness. You should always seek immediate medical help if you are concerned that you may be experiencing internal bleeding.

Vitamin C Function

Vitamin C, Folate and Internal Bleeding
Oranges are a good source of vitamin C which is an essential vitamin. Photo Credit Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

Vitamin C is an essential water-soluble vitamin that you get naturally from the foods that you eat. Vitamin C, which is also known as ascorbic acid, plays a vital role in a variety of biological functions and health-promoting processes. According to the University of Oregon Linus Pauling Institute, vitamin C is important for collagen production, bone, tendon and ligament health, and as a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C deficiency, more commonly known as scurvy, is a deadly disease that primarily occurs in individuals suffering from severe malnutrition.

Function of Folate

Folate is an essential nutritional vitamin that is also known as folic acid or vitamin B9. Similar to other B vitamins, folate is necessary for metabolism, which is the conversion of food into energy. In addition to its role in metabolism, folate is critical for a number for biological process including health nervous system function, liver function, fetal brain development and the production of red blood cells. Folate deficiencies may result in mild to severe cognitive problems, developmental delays, gastrointestinal discomfort, shortness of breath and gingivitis.

Loss of Blood and Vitamins

Due to the many biological roles associated with essential vitamins like vitamin C and folate, excessive blood loss through internal bleeding may deplete your body's ability to manufacture blood cells. Anemia is the result of a lowered amount of red blood cells in your body which results in a decrease in the amount of oxygen that is delivered to your organs and tissues. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, vitamin C and folate are both essential nutrients needed for red blood cell production to overcome anemic health complications. Physicians may suggest an increase in vitamin C and folate, among other nutritional components like iron to boost production of red blood cells.

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