Are You Genetically Predisposed to Vitamin C Deficiency?

Nutrition is one of the most important lifestyle factors that may not only have a significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing, but it may affect your risk for developing certain chronic medical conditions as well.

Over the past few years, there has been growing evidence regarding the role of genes in the nutritional status of an individual. The human genome consists of 25,000 unique genes, with each of them occurring in more than one variant. The presence or absence of a variant influences how our body responds to certain foods. For example, the absence of a particular gene variant may make us lactose intolerance or subject us to more frequent sweet cravings.

In this article, we are discussing how our genetic makeup can increase or decrease our risk of developing vitamin C deficiency, as well as different foods that are rich in ascorbic acid, and therefore, suitable for people who are deficient in vitamin C.