Baby Develops Scurvy

Spanish doctors diagnosed an 11-month old baby with scurvy--vitamin C deficiency. The parents were feeding the child exclusively almond milk and it did not get enough ascorbic acid for adequate collagen production. The issue was the absence of formula or breast milk, not because it was a plant-based beverage. (Dairy milk has no vitamin C.) If fruits had supplemented…

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Kidney Stone Risk and Vitamin C Supplements

Swedish researchers have underscored how too much of a good thing might be harmful. Men who took extra vitamin C were nearly twice as likely to develop painful kidney stones than those not taking the supplement. A dose effect was seen, as those taking the supplement more than once a day had the highest risk.…

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Vitamin C Supplements Linked to Kidney Stones

Taking vitamin C (ascorbic acid) supplements nearly doubles the risk of developing kidney stones (RR=1.92) according to an 11 year study of almost 50,000 Swedish men. Typical vitamin C supplements in Sweden contain 1000 mg per tablet. One tablet or more per day increased risk. Those with a history of kidney stones should be especially…

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Vitamins C and E Supplements Strike Out Again

A study of 14,641 older male physicians for an average of 8 years has quashed hopes that supplements of vitamins C and E might reduce the risk of cataracts. The rate of cataracts between those getting vitamin C or E instead of the placebo was almost identical. Researchers had hoped that longer supplementation might be…

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High C at High Sea

Scottish naval surgeon James Lind (born Oct .4, 1716) conducted many experiments while trying to cure scurvy. Using 12 scurvy victims aboard the Royal Navy’s H.M.S. Salisbury, Lind tried cider, nutmeg, vinegar, an elixir of vitriol, and a compound made from garlic, myrrh, mustard and balsam of Peru. None worked. Then he gave two men two…

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Quick! What Common Food Has the Highest Vitamin C per Serving?

You are correct if you answered, red peppers! That's right, there is more ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in this vegetable than orange juice. The OJ (3/4 cup) contains 93 mg and one-half cup of red peppers contains 95 mg of this important vitamin. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Vitamin C from the Vitamin…

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Antioxidants or Lifestyle Change for Diabetes?

It is predicted that by 2025 more than 300 million people worldwide will have type 2 diabetes! In the US alone the number of people with diabetes almost doubled between 1976 and 1994. Sedentary living and excess weight are considered to be the major risk factors for this debilitating disease. Many are the strategies that…

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