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Causes of Scurvy


Posted on 6/21/2021 by Dr. Goodis
Causes of ScurvyAscorbic acid, commonly known as Vitamin C, is an essential nutrient that is naturally present in fruits, vegetables, and eggs. Our body requires vitamin C on a daily basis in order to carry out its normal functions. Without the intake of Vitamin C, our body will be unable to carry out the following functions.

•  Absorb iron
•  Produce collagen
•  Maintain a good metabolic rate
•  Remove excess cholesterol
•  Form protein by combining amino acids
•  Detox the body
•  Heal wounds
•  Form neurotransmitters like epinephrine and dopamine

Scurvy is caused by a severe deficiency of Vitamin C. There are several other underlying causes that result in scurvy. Some of these causes are:

A Diet That Lacks Citrus Fruits and Vegetables


Citrus fruits like; lemons, oranges, grapefruits, kiwis, and fresh green vegetables like; broccoli, sprouts, cauliflowers, spinach, and bell peppers are rich sources of vitamin C. People who regularly eat unhealthy foods like fast food and meaty meals and do not include fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet develop scurvy because their body becomes deficient in Vitamin C.

Malnourishment can also cause scurvy. People who are malnourished or live in areas where they don't have access to a variety of foods are more at risk of scurvy as compared to those who have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Eating Disorders


Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia can also result in a deficiency of Vitamin C. People who have these eating disorders worry about putting on weight. They starve themselves, and as a result, become malnourished and very weak. The severe deficiency of Vitamin C in their bodies makes them susceptible to scurvy.

Intestinal Infections


Certain kinds of intestinal infections and bowel diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and ulcerative colitis can affect the absorption of Vitamin C from foods. These bacterial infections disrupt our digestive system because of which, the food is not properly digested, and our body is unable to retrieve Vitamin C from it. If these digestive disorders and intestinal infections are left untreated, over time, our body can become deficient in vitamin C, and we can develop scurvy.

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