Vitamin C For Your Survival Supplies
By: Tom Chatham
With the realization that our production and distribution systems may someday fail, many people are storing food supplies to insure they can feed their families in the future. With the financial distress many are faced with, the storage of less than healthy foods is necessary for some. In addition to providing needed energy it is also imperative that your food supplies provide the necessary vitamins and minerals needed to stay healthy long term.
A vitamin C (ascorbic acid) deficiency will cause scurvy. In 6 weeks or less of eating a ration containing no vitamin C, the first symptoms of scurvy would appear: swollen and bleeding gums. This would be followed by weakness, then large bruises, hemorrhages, and wounds that will not heal. Eventually death from hemorrhages and heart failure would result.
This disease would be one of the first to afflict people having only grain and/or beans and lacking the know how to sprout them to provide enough vitamin C. One good way to prevent scurvy is to eat sprouted seeds, not just the sprouts. The Chinese have prevented scurvy during the long winters in northern China for centuries by consuming sprouted beans. Sprouting seeds also increases their content of riboflavin, niacin and folic acid. Sprouting does not increase the protein content or protein quality of seeds, and it will reduce the caloric value of seeds. If a little over an ounce of dry beans or wheat is sprouted until the sprouts are a little bit longer than the seeds, the sprouted seeds will supply 10 to 15 mg of vitamin C.
The easiest way to insure your family has enough vitamin C during long emergencies is to store pure vitamin C which is the crystalline “ascorbic acid” form. Pure vitamin C does not deteriorate like vitamin C tablets. A one kilogram container can be bought at this time for about $24.
An ample daily dose is 25 milligrams, about 0.0009 ounces. Ten grams (about 1/3 ounce) is enough for one person for a whole year when eating unsprouted grains or other foods containing no vitamin C. If you have an ample supply a 50 mg daily dose may be preferred by either sprinkling on food or dissolving in water.
The storage of ascorbic acid is necessary for someone that stores a large amount of grains as an emergency supply of food. Of the many types of emergencies that people may face, a radiological situation may be the worst in may ways. This type of emergency will force you to shelter in locations for long durations where things such as water and sunlight or grow lights may be in short supply.
There is a product on the market now called Liposomal C which is a mega dose of vitamin C in a form the body can absorb. Normally a large intake of vitamin C into a persons system will get discharged before most of it can be absorbed by cells but this new product claims to solve that problem. Mega doses of vitamin C are reported to cure many illnesses and even repair radiation damage. An article on Liposomal C can be found here for more information. http://beforeitsnews.com/health/2013/12/life-saving-mega-dose-iv-vitamin-c-can-be-achieved-orally-now-2517326.html
The ongoing situation with Fukushima and the ever present danger of a nuclear war, financial collapse and food shortages makes the addition of vitamin C to your supply list an inexpensive and logical choice. There are many supplies you may want to have for a serious long term emergency and this is one you should give serious consideration to. With the addition of certain vitamin and mineral supplements, it is possible to store larger volumes of basic foods and still be assured of maintaining your health for the duration of the event.
Additional information just uncovered may be of interest to those who desire healthy sources of vitamin C. About 90% of all vitamin C manufactured now comes from China and is apparently made from GMO corn. Most vitamin E is also made from GMO sources. One source of non synthetic and non GMO vitamin C can be found at Purebulk.com.