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November 1, 2007 at 12:05 PMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Men Taking Vitamin C Can Prevent Scurvy


A long, long time ago . . .

Around three hundred years ago, when sailors started on a long voyage, it was likely they would not return because of scurvy disease.It was discovered that the daily consumption of lime juice would actually prevent scurvy.Scurvy was the sole result because the sailors were unable to store fruits and vegetables on the ship.Lime juice was the perfect answer when it came to meeting a sailor's need for vitamin C.

What is scurvy?

Scurvy results from a vitamin C deficiency because collagen is unable to perform its functions properly. Scurvy resulted because the body cannot store vitamin C long-term.The liver will only store about three months worth of vitamin C.When the vitamin C is depleted and not replaced, a deficiency occurs. Scurvy is a disease with the following symptoms:bleeding organs, gums, mucus membranes, skin, and tendons; coiled hair on the legs and arms; inflamed gums; joint pain; liver spots on the skin and gums; loose teeth; muscle atrophy; and poor wound healing.The liver spots appear mostly on the thighs and legs.The liver spots also make a person feel depressed and they can actually partially immobilize a person.All these painful symptoms were precursors to death. Scurvy is a rarely heard of disease nowadays.About the only people who get scurvy are alcoholics who receive their entire caloric intake from alcohol.

Where is vitamin C found?

Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin, can be found in foods and drinks.Look to citrus fruits, grapefruit, green pepper, limes, oranges, and potatoes for the most vitamin C content. For an idea how much vitamin C certain foods contain, look at this:

  • 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli contains 58mg
  • 1/2 medium grapefruit contains 44mg
  • 3/4 cup of grapefruit juice contains 60mg
  • 1 medium orange contains 70mg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice contains 75mg
  • 1 medium baked potato contains 26mg
  • 1 cup of strawberries contain 82mg
  • 1/2 cup of raw sweet red pepper contains 141mg
  • 1/2 cup of cooked sweet red pepper contains 58mg
  • 1 medium tomato contains 23mg

What you need to know about vitamin C

Vitamin C can be damaged when preparing food.Boiling, chopping, cooking, and exposure to air and water will all damage the properties in vitamin C.This means if a food contains high amounts of vitamin C, but is cooked or handled, it will lose some of its properties before consumption.

How much vitamin C should you consume?

Sixty milligrams per day is the recommended dietary allowance (also abbreviated as RDA) for vitamin C.Most Americans consume about 72mg of vitamin A daily.

Men taking vitamin C can prevent scurvy

Everyone can prevent scurvy when they consume adequate vitamin C.There are foods and supplements that contain vitamin C.


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  • I never knew that scurvy was preventable. I knew that Vitamin C was important but I guess I never knew the extent of how important it was. I will definetly be getting more vitamin C in the future.

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