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Prevent scurvy, the “scourge of the sea,” by incorporating vitamin C-rich foods into your diet

Scurvy is another name for vitamin C deficiency. It is a health problem that, if left untreated, could be deadly. During the 15th to the 18th century, scurvy was the leading cause of death in sailors – more than sea-related accidents or injury, in fact – because they didn’t have adequate supplies of vitamin C-rich foods at sea. This led to scurvy being known as the “scourge of the sea.”  Today, scurvy can still be seen in developing countries where malnutrition is rampant. However, reports have surfaced suggesting that there is a resurgence of scurvy cases even in developed countries. According to a study published in 2018, the prevalence of vitamin C deficiency in the U.S. is 7.1 percent. In the U.K., about 25 percent of men and 16 percent of women in its low-income population suffer from this condition. The reason for this seems to be a combination of poor diet and the over availability of refined foods which are loaded with calories but stripped of nutrition.  Read more....

 

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