Bruising Easily Could Mean a Vitamin Deficiency

If you find that you get bruised easily and aren’t sure why, consider the fact that you could be deficient in two essential vitamins.

 

Vitamin C

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Internal bleeding could be one cause for easy bruising, and medications like aspirin could be to blame there since their job is to prevent your blood from clotting. Your doctor should definitely be consulted if you bruise easily, because internal bleeding could be very serious. However, you should make it a point to get more vitamin C and vitamin K as well to help with this issue.

Why Vitamin C?

Vitamin C makes your blood vessels stronger, since it helps your body to make a special protein called collagen. Collagen is the “glue” that holds a lot of your body tissues together. When blood vessels are stronger, regular nicks, bumps and scuffs we might have from day to day won’t break the skin so easily and cause bleeding.

Weak blood vessels can burst underneath the skin if you happen to have an accident, fall down and hurt yourself. You may not realize it, but you could be bleeding internally. Vitamin C is found in so many of the foods we eat, so there’s no excuse for not getting enough. The recommended daily amount of vitamin C is 60-95 mg. Citrus fruits are especially high in vitamin C, as well as dark green, leafy vegetables.

Why Vitamin K?

Vitamin K is the number one natural solution for bleeding disorders, because vitamin K helps the blood to clot naturally. When blood clots properly, bleeding is less likely to occur which cuts down on bruising. That’s why vitamin C and vitamin K complement each other well for this purpose.

Vitamin C strengthens blood vessels so they’re less likely to break, while vitamin K helps blood to clot if bleeding does occur. Dark green, leafy vegetables also supply lots of vitamin K, as well as beans, meat, grapes and dairy products. The recommended daily amount of vitamin K is 90-120 mg.

Medical Conditions that Cause Easy Bruising

There are some medical conditions in which a person’s blood clotting abilities are compromised in some way. As a result, they are more prone to bleeding, internally or externally. Conditions like hemophilia and Von Willebrand’s disease are similar in that they both cause a person to bleed or bruise from the slightest injury.

The scary part is when there is no outward sign that people with these conditions are bleeding on the inside. Other medical conditions that fit the profile are liver disease, leukemia, dengue hemorrhagic fever, hepatitis, bone marrow or platelet disorders, etc. Vitamins C and K are also helpful here, but your doctor can also prescribe medication that will help your blood to clot and help bruises heal faster.

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