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Why scurvy called sailors disease?


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2010-01-07 07:05:39
2010-01-07 07:05:39

Scurvy is a disease that occurs in the mouth when the body lacks vitamins, specifically vitamin C. Before the invention of fridges and freezers and many other preservatives, there was no way to keep food from going bad other than salt (which admittedly, didn't work very well). Sailors often went on long journeys exploring or trading, and any fruits or vegetables they had would go bad long before being able to restock again.


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Vitamin C deficiency. It was solved by sailors bringing limes with them on their trips, which is why sailors were called "limeys".

Called scurvy, caused by a deficiency of vitamin C

scurvy, black death or food poisoning

'You scurvy dog(s)!' '...when the ship was struck with scurvy...' (Meaning the disease which comes about with a lack of fruit in the diet. Usually happened to sailors.)

British sailors were issued lime juice as a remedy for scurvy.

Your question is unclear, but if you're asking WHY it was nicknamed a sailor's disease... It is because sailors travelled for months, sometimes years without a good supply of Vitamin C/Fruits and Vegetables and so it was common for sailors to develop Scurvy. But after a while limes were taken on board ships to prevent this.

Sailors got rid of scurvy by eating healthy stuff but most sailors died.

People back then did not "Catch" scurvy because scurvy is not a disease. Scurvy is a form of malnutrition (lack of vitamin C) It was most common on ships at sea where they ate mostly cured and preserved meat. Even potatoes would have kept scurvy from happening. When they found out that they could take lime trees on the ship with them, feeding lime to the sailors in the form of juice kept scurvy from occurring. The practice of eating the juice of limes was started by the British Navy. To this day, British sailors are often called 'limejuicers', or simply, "Limeys".

Scurvy? No, more like hunger, and vitamin D deficiency (from lack of exposure to the sun?). Ancient sailors struggled to get sufficient vitamin C, which is what led to scurvy.

Scurvy is a disease that sailors usually get out at sea because of lack of Vitamin C. The symptoms of Scurvy: loss of teeth, sunken eyes, pale skin and feeling unwell.

Hundreds of years ago, sailors used to get this disease from a lack of vitamin C. There was no good way to store citrus fruit on long voyages and the sailors would become sick. English sailors used to be nicknamed 'limeys'. That is bacause they would bring limes with them and suck on the limes to prevent scurvey.

They Suffered From Scurvy, Which Is A Disease Which Results In The Deficiency Of Vitamin C Whilst scurvy was a minor problem on the First Fleet, it did not afflict the sailors and convicts as much as diseases such as dysentery did.

Sailors ate Sauerkraut to prevent scurvy because it was high in vitamin C and a lack of vitamin C can cause scurvy

It is hard to say which is most common, but scurvy, caused by vitamin C deficiency, was very prevalent among sailors.

Sailors usually prevented scurvy by eating fruit.

Scurvey is the deficiency disease of vitamin C. Sailors consume vitamin C as tablets while on long journeys to avoid scurvey.

Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C. Sailors were especially susceptible to it because on long voyages, they had limited access to fresh fruits (and vegetables) unlike people on land. Supposedly, British sailors got the nickname "Limeys" because they carried limes on board to eliminate scurvy.

sailers in the 1400s suffered from scurvy because of the lack of vitman C.x

Sailors. Many long trips across the ocean left them deficient in vitamin C. Later sailors ate Limes on the ships for their vitamin C. Sailors were then known as Limeys.

You get a disease called scurvy to prevent it eat lots of fruit.

yes, the disease was called scurvy.

Scurvy is the name for a vitamin defficency disease- the vitamin missing is Vitamin C. Sailors in the British Navy were given lime juice, which has a high vitamin C content, and did not get scurvy. Which is how the British got the nickname "limies".

Scurvy. Lack of vitamin C can also result in frequent nose bleeds. Scurvy is the main one. It's not very common now, but it was a big problem back when sailors would be off at sea for months with no access to fresh fruits or vegetables. Lack of vitamin C leads to scurvy. (That's why British sailors ate limes, and were called "Limeys".)

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