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Scurvy May Be on the Rise

Bad Teeth

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  • Sailors on long trips were at one time frequent victims of scurvy, which caused a horrible gum disease, chronic fatigue, swollen limbs and eventual death
  • In the mid-1700s, a doctor on a voyage noted that these and other symptoms were alleviated on land when citrus fruits and vegetables were again available
  • Modern cases of scurvy are being diagnosed in individuals unaware they’re depriving themselves of adequate vitamin C due to paleo or gluten-free diets
  • Citrus fruits as well as black currants, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, sweet potatoes and paprika contain high amounts of vitamin C

By Dr. Mercola

Scurvy is a disease most commonly associated with sailors who didn’t realize their teeth were falling out because they weren’t consuming enough vitamin C. But this disease, thought to be from another age, may be on the rise.


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