History of Vitamin C

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Vitamin C has an interesting history, as it stemmed the study of nutrition in the late 1800s when sailors began getting scurvy. Get a brief history of this important vitamin with health information from a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist in this free video on healthy eating.

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Hi, I'm Rachael Richardson, with Nutrolution, in Miami Beach, Florida. In this clip, we're talking about the history of vitamin C. And actually, vitamin C may have been the nutrient and the discovery that really started out the entire science of nutrition, and the study of nutrition. And it had to do with, I believe, in the early 1900's or late 1800's was when sailors started to develop scurvy, and and we later found out that that scurvy development was a result of lack of vitamin C. So, they would be out on ships and they wouldn't have any fresh foods for months at a time, and they would start to actually have bleeding irregularities and start to bleed out of their bodies, because we need vitamin C to support collagen production to support our veins and arterial health. So, what they did as a result is they started to now on the ships always bring limes with them, and this is where they got their vitamin C from, so they would bring a big stash, and they would have a little bit of lime juice every day to get vitamin C. You can do the same for your health. This has been Rachael, with Nutrolution, in Miami Beach, Florida.


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