Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Vitamin C Deficiency Treatment

Treatment for scurvy includes vitamin C supplements. As little as one-tenth of a cup of orange juice per day will prevent scurvy.

Treatment for scurvy includes:

Recommended total daily intake of vitamin C:
  • Adult males: 90 mg per day
  • Adult females: 75 mg per day
    • Smokers: add an additional 35 mg per day
    • Upper limit for vitamin C: no more than 2,000 mg per day

Safe dosing for vitamin C supplements:
  • Age 1-14: 35-50 mg per day
  • Age over 14: 60 mg per day
    • Pregnant women: increase to 80 mg per day
    • Breast-feeding women: increase to 100 mg per day

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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