The History of Vitamins Led to Today’s Dr. Perricone Vitamins

The knowledge of vitamin deficiency is much older than the knowledge of how to get necessary vitamins.

Thanks to the history and development of vitamins, advanced-delivery vitamins, like Dr. Perricone’s, are possible.

GMP and NSF-certified, Dr. Perricone vitamins are targeted to help your body’s functioning, improve your mood, and keep skin looking radiant and youthful. They are free of wheat, gluten, soy, synthetic colors, flavors, dyes and dangerous sugar substitutes.

Keep reading to learn more about the history of vitamins.

Vitamin Deficiency

Before vitamins were discovered, there was an awareness that certain foods could help cure or treat diseases. For example, ancient Egyptians cured night blindness with liver, a good source of vitamin A.

There is a legend about the voyages of Christopher Columbus that claims some Portuguese sailors with scurvy, which caused massive hemorrhaging and often death, preferred to be dropped off at a nearby island rather than dying on board. When the crew passed by the island on a return trip months later, they reportedly saw the sailors they assumed were dead, waving to them from the shores. The island, abundant with fresh fruit, was named Curacao, meaning “cure.”

Scurvy was treated with citrus fruits, good sources of vitamin C, during the 1700s when Scottish physician James Lind experimented on patients suffering from scurvy, discovering that those given and orange and lemon combination quickly recovered. In 1770, the British Navy began recommending that ships carry sufficient lime juice for all aboard.

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Discovery of Vitamins

A Dutch physician Christiaan Eijkman discovered in the late 1800s that substituting unpolished rice for polished rice would prevent beriberi, a disease which caused anemia and paralysis.

In 1912, Funk and British biochemist Sir Fredrick Hopkins proposed the Vitamin Hypothesis of Deficiency. This theory suggests that the absence of a particular vitamin in a person’s diet could lead to certain diseases.

Eijkman and Hopkins sharred the 1929 Nobel prize in medicine.

Naming of Vitamins

Sir Fredrick Hopkins described a class of food that he believed was vital for human health. Thus, the term “vitamine,” a combination of “vita” and “amine,” was created.

At the time, amine was incorrectly believed to be common in all vitamins, since a Polish chemist Cashmir Funk thought all vitamins had a nitrogen containing substance. He had discovered in 1911 the actual substance in unpolished rice that prevented disease, categorized as an amine, a nitrogen-containing compound.

Upon discovering that this theory was false, since vitamin C did not have any amines, the “e” was left off to remove that inference, resulting in “vitamin.”

Discovering Different Types of Vitamins

Here is a brief list of some of vitamins and when they were discovered:

  • Vitamin A was discovered as a fat-soluble element found in butter in 1913.
  • Vitamin B was discovered as a complex of vitamins that work together in 1916.
  • Vitamin D was discovered in 1922 as a results of research on rickets, a condition causeed by vitamin D deficiency.
  • Vitamin C, discovered in 1912, was the first vitamin to be created in the laboratory in 1935.

The research involved in the isolating of vitamins in the early 1900s used animal experimentation, which led to the founding of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Dr. Perricone Vitamins

Thanks to these discoveries, vitamins are available in supplement form.

Dr. Perricone’s supplements contain more than just vitamins. They include targeted antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to help sharpen brain power, repair our bodies, increase the burning of body fat, increase muscle mass, improve mood, and keep skin looking radiant and youthful.

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