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 Low Carb causes Scurvy 
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Post Low Carb causes Scurvy
This from Paul Jaminet ...
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Developing scurvy was a surprise, because I was eating many vegetables plus taking a multivitamin containing 90 mg of vitamin C.
I had never had any signs of vitamin C deficiency before adopting a low-carb diet.

On a low-insulin or glutathione-deficiency-inducing diet, oxidized vitamin C is not recycled.

DHAA can be recycled back into vitamin C, but only inside cells.
In order to enter cells, DHAA needs to be transported by glucose transporters. GLUT1, GLUT3, and GLUT4
are the three human DHAA transporters; GLUT1 does most of the work.


http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/11/danger-of-zero-carb-diets-iii-scurvy/

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Post Re: Low Carb causes Scurvy
Interesting. Anyone following Linus Pauling's advise and who adopted a low-carb diet would not present the problem. (As Pauling's recommendation is to supplement at least 6000 mg of vitamin C daily.)

I do not doubt that it is wise to increase vitamin C supplementation on such a diet. This brings us back to the issue of the paleo diet and the Intuit/Eskimos which ate adrenal glands, and more raw meat, since they seemed to be fine - without fruits or supplements. It isn't mentioned, but cooking protein may destroy vitamin C in the meats, and some people may simply have a higher metabolic requirement for vitamin C, where the 90 mg just doesn't cut it. Their explanations may have merit too.

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Good point Owen. The Eskimo/Paleo diet would appear to contradict his theory

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