The direct cause of scurvy, a fatal disease that (fortunately) occurs rarely in this day and age, is a lack of Vitamin C. The disease was fairly common as recently as a century ago, especially among sailors who spent long months at sea without access to fresh fruit or vegetables.

Although scurvy is a rare disease, Vitamin C deficiencies still frequently occur, notably: 290

– among poorer classes of people, who often suffer from other nutritional deficiencies;

– among bottle-fed infants who are not given juice;

– under certain physiological conditions (during pregnancy or while breast-feeding;

– associated with various pathologies (thyrotoxicosis or hyperactivity of the thyroid gland) when the body needs more Vitamin C.

Incredibly, even a small amount of Vitamin C, for example the amount contained in a single slice of raw potato, will trigger the healing process.

In general, the daily recommended dosage of Vitamin C for both adults and children is about 70 milligrams, although much more – 1 to 3 grams, can be taken safely.

Good sources of Vitamin C in its natural state include:

– fresh fruit like gooseberries and kiwis; citrus fruit (lemons, oranges, grapefruit)

– fresh vegetables, especially parsley, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, green peppers and potatoes.

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