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More benefits to Vitamin C.. The First Nutraceutical!

Nutraceuticals.. What are they?

To define nutraceutical is to say that they are components of foods & edible plants that have health benefits. We know about calcium and vitamins A, C, D and E in the US today. The first Nutraceutical was Vitamin C. It took over 400 years to ID the part or chemical in oranges, limes and lemons that was stopping sailors from dying of scurvy during the 1500’s… It was during the early 1930’s that vitamin C was identified, isolated & purified and later synthesized….1

Do you remember reading in schoolbooks about the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria...?..Columbus’ ships for his discovery of the New World. I did not remember that he returned to Europe with only one of those ships. Columbus had lost 2/3 of his crew, so he could return with only one ship.2 Those sailors had died at sea because of scurvy.

Not long afterwards, sailors were drinking “grog”- - a mixture of rum and lime juice.3 One can sample the concoction today during a Caribbean vacation. Now we know that Vitamin C helps with scurvy as well as asthma and other ailments.

During the mid 1970’s, studies were done that showed that those suffering with asthma had the lowest levels of A,C & E in their lungs.4 There is recent Vitamin C study, sponsored by the NIH. The abstract can be found on This new study stated that 1 gram of vitamin C…given twice daily to those with stomach cancer… caused a regression of symptoms (5.3 chance)…even more than an indicated antibiotic (4.8 chance).5 This is more evidence of the importance of fruits and vegetables in one’s diet. One, two or three servings of these foods is no longer enough. One needs 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily in a varied diet.   

A newer anti-odxidant is grape seed extract. It is 20 times stronger than vitamin C. It may be the reason for the French Paradox!



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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/7/2007
Welcome to AD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We don't need to go back to 1492 to find scurvy, just look back sixty years into WWII and you will find plenty of examples.
Very interesting article to wake up some (plenty of them) that don't seems to care if their children have enough Vitamin C in their tummies and not only candyfloss.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 10/5/2007
And to think how they laughed at Linus Pauling...
Sometimes the AMA can be just plain boobs.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/4/2007
Welcome to the Den, first of all, you came highly recommended by William Bonilla.

I can see why: this is an informative, potentially life saving article. Well done!

I, too, love fruits and veggies. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Morning Star 10/4/2007
Very interesting article
Well I love fruits and vegetables
Excellent Information Thank!
Love Peace and hugsss and welcome...Morning Star
Reviewed by Joyce Devenish 10/4/2007
Very interesting article MBB. Good work...JDM
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/4/2007
A good article very important info.
Thank you for sharing! I'm glad I
love fruits and veggies;-)

Reviewed by William Bonilla 10/4/2007
Thank You Monica
for Sharing this great wriiten offering
an oustanding informative wtire

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