Anyone who has played Oregon Trail can attest to the many trailblazers who suddenly perished from scurvy, a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C. Symptoms of advanced scurvy include pus-filled wounds, teeth loss, spongy gums, and bleeding mucous membranes. Nasty stuff. So what happens in patients with scurvy? Without vitamin C, the body has trouble making stabilized collagen, a protein found in the connective tissues of mammals. Loose tissue prevents wound healing and disrupts tissue integrity, leading to infection if left untreated. While scurvy is less prevalent today, it remains a very real threat to health wherever malnutrition exists, especially in impoverished and underdeveloped countries.
if you ever think that your life isn’t “together,” just remember that last semester i was sick for like three weeks straight, and the healthiest thing i did during that time was flavoring a vodka-soda with a couple packets of emergen-c…
Alasa (Ah-lah-sah) Fruit – Suck the pulp from the seed, chew the inner membrane until it turns to gum, play games with the seeds by flicking it into a hole, etc.
Besides its many uses, it packs more vitamin C than an orange. The bark from the tree has anti-plasmodial effects thus serving as a remedy for yellow fever or malaria. English and botanical names are African star apple (white star apple) and Chrysophyllum albidum.