Easy Bruising Medical Considerations
Easy Bruising Discussion
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is the single most cost effective antioxidant (dollar-to-dollar amount for antioxidant properties), than all other available antioxidants. Vitamin C performs many vital functions within the body. It increases the strength and integrity of connective tissue including the inside of your blood veins, producing significant positive effects upon the cardiovascular system. Vit C supports the immune system, fights viruses and some bacteria, functions as an important antioxidant and enhances adrenal gland function. Vitamin C was first discovered because of unresolved scurvy when sailors were out on the seas. Scurvy is the breakdown of small capillaries, or small blood vessels. Additional Vitamin C is needed during times of stress.
Antioxidants: Free radical damages can be linked as one of the causative roots of many diseases, including dementia. Antioxidants help correct and then protect from further free radical damages. What is a Free Radical? A Free Radical is an unstable oxygen molecule that possesses an unpaired electron. This molecule is constantly trying to become whole by robbing cells of vital components. These biochemical compounds called Free Radicals damage our body and its cells. Both external pollutants and biochemical process of the body cause excess Free Radical reactions; Environmental pollutants, numerous food additives, and stress are only a few of the many ways Free Radicals are formed. The way in which Free Radicals are normally kept in check is by the action of Free Radical Scavengers that occur naturally in the body. These scavengers neutralize the Free Radicals. Itís important to assist our body by additionally supplementing daily with Antioxidants. Supplementation with only a few antioxidants though, gives us much less protection, than utilizing a complete array of antioxidants. This is due to the fact that the antioxidant defense system works as a team. If members of the team are missing, the outcome is poor. Maximum protection requires the complete array of established antioxidants in nutritionally meaningful amounts. Stressful living produces a much higher amount of free radicals than found in otherwise normal individuals. Free radical damage has many extreme negative complications, including faster aging, and is believed to be the root cause of many of our degenerative diseases. It is my professional conviction that "Type A" personalities will have a far greater amount of free radicals in their bodies when compared to Type C personalities. It is well known that Type A personalities die more often of heart disease, stoke and cancer than Type C personalities. Type A personalities do not handle stress well. Type C personalities are not affected by stressful situations like Type A personalities are, and they handle everyday stressors calmly. Most people I have met while working in my profession are Type A.
People may bruise easily because of fragile capillaries in the skin. Each time these small blood vessels break, a little blood leaks out, leaving tiny red dots in the skin (petechiae) and bluish-purple bruises (purpura). Women seem more prone than men to bruise from minor injury, especially on the thighs, buttocks, and upper arms. Sometimes easy bruising runs in families. For most people, the condition isnít serious, but bruising easily may be a sign that something is wrong with the blood clotting elements, most likely the platelets. Blood tests can determine if such problems exist.
In older people, particularly those exposed to a great deal of sun, bruises commonly occur on the backs of the hands and the forearms (senile purpura). Older people are especially susceptible to easy bruising after bumps and falls because they have fragile blood vessels and a thinner layer of fat under the skin, which normally serves as a cushion to help protect against injury. Blood leaks from damaged vessels, forming deep purple patches (hematomas). These bruises may persist for a long time, eventually becoming light green, yellow, or brown.
There are numerous natural therapies that are effective for easy bruising, especially when the body lacks adequate bioflavonoids.