Where to get your vitamins when the crap hits the fan.
It occurred to me earlier in a post about Scurvy & where to find Vitamin C.
Obviously having to eat what you can & sometimes not having food at all you will need your vitamins.
I'm no nutritionist but I do like growing herbs & vegetables, in doing so I've learned what plants are ideal, tough & can survive in most weather conditions.. Obviously their uses will be involved.
If you know anything & want to contribute please go ahead, likewise if I missed or have anything wrong.
While I'll admit some of my info will probably come from Wiki & gardening websites it's probably a good idea to have a small knowledge base on here.
One of my favorites is Chives - They grow almost anywhere, very hardy, require little water. Rich in Vitamins C & A, Iron & Calcium. They have a taste similar to onions or weak garlic. Being a Perennial they will reappear every year for a few years. Mine have lasted 6 years so far.
This may not be useful while hoofing it away but should you need to return to an area you can be sure there's a good chance of there being something to help you survive. To take chives without damaging the plant just use some scissors to snip a quarter to a half off the top. It'll re grow fast enough, you can dry this easy, leave it out on paper in the light & will still contain it's properties. Not only will it help with health & obviously you can't live off this but it can make some boring tinned food more interesting.
(Please note that massive overuse can cause digestive issues. Like anything too much of a good thing can be bad.)
I hope this helps, more to come.
Jul 6 2011, 7:53 PM EDT by
There are plenty of supplements available from your nearest health food shop - most have a 3 year+ shelf life. Good quality multivitamins, spirulina/blue-green algae, wheatgrass all have masses of vital stuff you may be lacking if you're on rations or tinned food. And don't forget coffee, especially if you're a caffeine addict. A lot of people are unknowingly dependant on caffeine, and withdrawal can lead to headaches, loss of concentration and erratic behaviour.
Mar 30 2010, 1:38 PM EDT by
Gave tons of helpful information. Add to Proteins: they help create and supplement muscle growth.
Nutrients and Sources
Lifted from Vitamins, Minerals, and Survival Vitamin A , (retinol). We get this vitamin from milk products, animal fat, carrots, and leafy green vegetables. Why do we need this vitamin? It helps keep your vision working well,
Jul 17 2010, 7:51 PM EDT by John_234