Preparedness Challenge: December Week 2

Adding food storage to your grocery list can help you succeed with stocking up. This week add a year’s supply of vitamin C as part of our third preparedness challenge. Or if you have a smaller home add a 3-month supply. This is an important vitamin to add to your food storage as it could save your life. We always think there will be plenty of vitamin C, but we also thought there would be plenty of toilet paper on store shelves too. Mmm. Our bodies must have vitamin C to survive, so take it seriously.

1. Buy a Year’s Supply of Vitamin C

  • Our bodies do not store vitamin C.
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps fight illness.
  • It is recommended that we consume at least 90 milligrams daily.
  • A medium orange has 70 milligrams of vitamin C.

“Without a source of vitamin C, the World Health Organization says it takes just two to three months to develop scurvy, which eventually leads to death. In an emergency, we are particularly vulnerable in winter months when fresh foods are not available. That is why many pioneers died at Winter Quarters….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”

What are 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.

Stay healthy this winter and have a backup of vitamin C on your shelf.

Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer

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