Rrr, Scurvy is a disease brought on by a deficiency of vitamin C
that usuallyoccurs as a result of malnourishment.
You scurvy dogs should eat more fruit!!
(Said in my best piratey voice!)
Well eating more fruit is a good start but there is so much more to this very simple vitamin.
The human body does a good job with supplying just about everything that it needs to survive the daily grind but we are completely incapable of making our own vitamin C! The human body has its limitations when it is not constantly supplied with the proper nutrients that it requires. Vitamin C is perhaps best known for its ability to strengthen the immune system.
When we get enough in our diets, vitamin C helps detoxify our bodies, promotes healing of all of our cells, and allows us to better deal with stress. It also supports the good bacteria in our gut, destroys bad bacteria and viruses, neutralizes harmful free radicals (trash), removes heavy metals, protects us from pollution, and much more. OK, I am sure that you get the point.
Unfortunately, most Americans are not getting anywhere near enough of this vitamin to experience these health benefits. That’s especially true for our children.
One reason why we fall so short is that our diet simply does not consist of nearly enough raw fruits and vegetables. Another reason is that the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of 90 mg for vitamin C is set much too low, which is the same problem we see with vitamin D. Such a low RDA leads people into a false sense of security that they are meeting their daily requirements.
It also makes them wary of taking the much higher dosages that are required for good health. We have put too much trust in our government in what they “recommend” is best for us to consume. We blindly stop there with no further questions. They say “read the nutrient labels on the side of the cereal boxes”. Have you ever done this? The words are so large and unpronounceable we just toss the box in the cart and we eat it anyways and feed it to our children all the same. We “tried” to read the label. Well this needs to stop!
Therefore, as a Captain I have deemed April “Vitamin C” month!! I have proclaimed it so let it be so!! It is further decreed that each Friday there will be a new article telling you more about this particular jewel of a vitamin and this is meant to inspire you to ask questions, inquire about your own diet and how you can and probably should make those simple changes toward improvement.
We will not live forever that is a fact and we all know it, but living healthy, medication free and doctor free should be viewed as a bonus! An obtainable goal in which we all sure strive for.
So the question becomes just how much vitamin C does a human need?
The information above is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness.
It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional of your choice before making any changes.