Pirates and Your Health

pirates-of-the-caribbean-johnny-deppOkay.  So generally speaking, pirates have nothing whatsoever to do with your health, but today is “Talk Like A Pirate Day” so in honor of my favorite fictional pirate, I couldn’t resist.

“Avast, ye scurvy dogs!”  Ever wonder what that means?  Well back in the days of real pirates and sea faring laddies, scurvy was a real problem.  Scurvy was a disease which caused bleeding under the skin, ulcers and joint weakness. It was a result of the destruction of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength.  There was no source of fresh fruits and vegetables aboard the ship, hence the problem.

It’s been many centuries since British sailors realized that Vitamin C warded off scurvy – and up until recent years, we’ve been told Vitamin C also wards off colds and other ailments.  They were right.  We? Not so much.

The true benefit of Vitamin C in our lives today, hence the lesson and subject matter, is that Vitamin C  is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage.   Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage.  It also helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself. (Discovery Fit & Health)

So weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen, matey…or at least, hoist a few oranges.



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