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Can Excessive In-take of Vitamin c Affects Your period? Understand Your Body

While most of us know when our next periods arrive, sometimes they surprise us by coming early or late. There are a lot of factors that can influence our menstrual cycle. From medication, stress, antibiotics, and vitamin consumption, anything can delay your periods or cause them to come early. You might have heard your mom telling you that consuming too much vitamin C led to early periods. But is it really true? Can vitamin C lead to early or delayed periods? Let's find out.

Vitamin C Role

Too much or too little vitamin C can have an impact on your body. Too much vitamin C can cause an upset stomach, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems. MedlinePlus defines amounts greater than 2,000 mg per day of vitamin C as too much. Too little vitamin C can cause dry and splitting hair, easy bruising, nosebleeds, rough or dry scaly skin, weakened tooth enamel, gingivitis and bleeding of the gums, and a decreased ability to fight infections and heal wounds. The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 75 mg per day for women and 90 mg per day for men. Consuming less than the daily recommended intake on a normal basis can lead to a vitamin C deficiency.

Can vitamin C lead to early or delayed periods?

Vitamin C can influence hormones that play an important role in periods. Vitamin C can raise estrogen levels while simultaneously lowering progesterone levels. These hormonal changes can lead to uterine contractions and cause the lining of the uterus to break down, leading to menstruation. Women menstruate every month and due to the blood loss, iron levels get depleted. If iron in the body is not replenished, it may cause anemia which can, in turn, lead to periods becoming lighter or stopping altogether. Needless to say, this also has an impact on female fertility. At the same time, consuming iron in our diet is not enough; so it’s also important to consume vitamin C to enable iron absorption. A study published by the Ulster Medical Society found that women who were anemic were also likely to be deficient in vitamin C. Hence, consuming vitamin C is important to regulate our menstrual cycle because it ensures our body is able to absorb iron.

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