The Discovery Of Different Vitamins And Minerals

Today, you can see a lot of supplements being sold in the market. Due to the fact that food products today lack sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals that the body requires, the use of supplements has increased. It is amazing for people to know how such vitamins and minerals were discovered.

Fascinating Facts About Supplements

VitaminsIn 1747, James Lind, a Scottish naval surgeon discovered that there is a substance contained in limes, lemons and other fruits and vegetables that can prevent scurvy, a common problem experienced by sailors then. This substance was identified as vitamin C.

In 1905, William Fletcher, an English doctor, believed that there are special nutrients found in the husk of the rice that can prevent beriberi. His experiments led to the discovery of B vitamins.

In 1912, vitamin C was rediscovered. It actually became the very first vitamin to be synthesized artificially in 1935 through a process invented by Dr. Tadeusz Reichstein in Zurich.

In 1922, vitamin E was discovered in green leafy vegetables. This acts to protect cells against the effects of free radicals.

In 1933, it was discovered that butter contained fat-soluble vitamin A, a factor that is necessary for natural growth and development. In 1947, this substance was synthesized.

It was only in 1952 that supplements derived from synthetic vitamin ingredients became popular. In 1954, Denham Harman conceived the free-radical theory of aging along with the ability of antioxidants to neutralize free radicals and extend life. In 1968, Dr. Linus Pauling described the theoretical foundation for nutritional medicine.

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