Buy a Year’s Supply of Vitamin C • December Prep Challenge #2

This week buy a year’s supply of vitamin C for your food storage as part of our third prep challenge in December. This important vitamin could prevent serious illness. We always think there will be plenty of vitamin C available in our foods, but we also thought there would be plenty of toilet paper on store shelves last year too. Mmm. Our bodies do not store vitamin C, so add this vitamin to your food storage for everyday use, and to prepare for a day when we don’t have access to foods with vitamin C.

Buy a Year's Supply of Vitamin C • December Prep Challenge Week #2

1. Buy a Year’s Supply of Vitamin C

First, let’s talk about what happens to our bodies when they go without vitamin C for awhile…scurvy! You may recognize that name from a pirate movie. Let’s look at the symptoms of scurvy.

  • Bleeding or swollen gums, nosebleeds, tooth loss, bruises, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, cracked fingernails, joint pain, brittle bones, corkscrew body hair, skin rashes, red spots, failure to thrive, irritability and muscle weakness. Yikes!
  • “Signs can appear within 1 month of little or no vitamin C intake.” see https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/
  • It’s recommended that we consume at least 90 mg. daily. A medium orange has 70 mg. of vitamin C and 3/4 c. of orange juice has 93 mg. The link above has a chart with other foods containing vitamin C.
  • And while you are out shopping, maybe add some other favorite vitamins to your shopping cart.

“According to Oscar Pike, Brigham Young University professor of nutrition, dietetics and food science, 500 milligram vitamin C pills stored in a dark place at room temperature will retain enough vitamin C over many years to prevent scurvy.”

LESLIE PROBERT, “Food Storage Essentials: Ways to store vitamin C without stockpiling oranges”

Stay healthy this winter and buy a year’s supply of vitamin C for your family.

Best wishes and stay healthy,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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