The word scurvy is derived from the latin word "scorbutus" and it is known to us since the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Scurvy is a disease that is caused by the deficiency of nutrients in the diet. It is mainly due to the deficiency of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin and the body neither produces it nor stores it. It affects the blood vessels, body's healing process and results in Anemia and gum disease (gingivitis). The scurvy was previously known as the sailor's disease.
What are the symptoms of scurvy?
Early symptoms of scurvy include:
- Loss of appetite
- Painful joints and muscles
- Small pinpoint bleeding around hair follicles visible in the skin and swelling in some parts of the body.
Severe scurvy symptoms include:
- Spongy and swollen gums prone to bleeding
- Loose teeth
- Bulging eyes
- Very dry hairs that curls and breaks off
- Bleeding into the skin and scaly
- Brownish and dry skin
What foods are good for managing scurvy?
Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons are the excellent source of vitamin C. Other sources that are good for scurvy are blackcurrants, guava, kiwifruit, papaya, bellpeppers, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli, spinach and cabbage etc.
How vitamin C helps in preventing scurvy?
Collagen is an important and the major component of the connective tissue and Vitamin C plays crucial role in the formation of collagen. And prolonged deficiency of vitamin C causes scurvy. Recommended intake of vitamin C is 10-20 mg per day in order to retain good health.
Who are at the risk of scurvy?
It has been seen that people often ignored their dietary requirement. Unhealthy diet is the main risk of any disease. Sometimes poverty, alcoholism, poor nutrition may serve as a risk factor for the disease. Stress or tension may also serve as a risk factor for scurvy.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient healthcare system that helps maintain healthy body in a natural way. Ayurveda helps in balancing the three doshas of the body namely vata, pitta and kapha dosha in order to maintain good health. According to Ayurveda, regular practice of yoga-meditation and deep breathing, helps one to have control on his body and system and hence helps maintains overall health of the body. By undertaking habitual physical exercise such as walking, running, cycling and swimming etc not only helps in overcoming the stress but also helps in managing several disease including scurvy.
Natural supplements for healthy Collgen fibres
Natural supplements helps support healthy diet which in turn helps maintain good health of the body. There are number of natural supplements available in the market but the one with the natural extracts is the best dietary supplement for the healthy diet.
Planet Ayurveda provides the natural supplements that are 100 percent vegeterian and are free from any chemicals additives and are free from any side effects. Natural supplements for healthy collagen by Planet Ayurveda include Amalaki rasayana capsules and Amla saar.
Amlanki rasayan of planet Ayurveda is a richest source of vitamin C which is pure and natural. Amla is also known as Indian gooseberry or Phyllanthus emblica. The herb is known for its edible fruit (amla). The tree is small to medium sized with spreading branches and the leaves are light green in color. The flowers are greenish yellow.
2. Amla Saar
Amla saar of Planet Ayurveda contains the fresh juice of Amla. The Amla is a fruit which is sour in taste and is the richest and the natural source of vitamin C. The Amla fruit is nearly spherical in shape and light greenish yellow in color and is hard on appearance.