How did they cure scurvy?

Typically, scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C in the diet. Treatment is with vitamin C supplements taken by mouth. Improvement often begins in a few days with complete recovery in a few weeks. Sources of vitamin C in the diet include citrus fruit and a number of vegetables such as tomatoes and potatoes.

Hereof, why did the Pirates get scurvy?

Pirates couldn't rely on the Food Pyramid to help them get their required fruits and veggies and as a result, they were plagued with scurvy, a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C. “Pirates had bleeding gums, their teeth fell out, bones atrophied it was a slow death,” curator HMNS David Temple explained.

How did Captain Cook prevent scurvy on his ships?

This was supposed to cure them. Sailing ships loaded up on citrus to stave off scurvy among their sailors. Captain Cook is credited with solving the problem of scurvy on his ships by issuing vitamin C in the form of lemon juice and fresh fruit and vegetables.

What happens when you get scurvy?

Scurvy is a condition characterised by general weakness, anaemia, gingivitis (gum disease), and skin haemorrhages caused by a prolonged deficiency of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in the diet. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in the formation of collagen, a major component of connective tissue.

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