Science and the Discovery of the Vitamin because once upon a time there were no manufactured vitamins or supplements.
In the beginning people depended on local plants and animals for their nutrition and good health. The first human’s diet consisted mainly of seafood caught in coastal water and nearby plants easily gathered.
The thought of vitamins and supplements never crossed the ancient’s minds. The common knowledge of cultures knew which herbs and foods were beneficial for health and well-being. For example, people used to eat all parts of the animal. Where today we eat only the flesh and then supplement with manufactured vitamins for the various animal parts that were just tossed unceremonious into the trash.
In 1906, English biochemist Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins discovered the special nutritional parts of food and the role they played for optimal health.
In 1912, Polish scientist Cashmir took the special nutritional parts of food one step further by naming them “vitamine” after “vita” meaning life and “amine” from compounds found in the thiamine he isolated from the husks of rice. Over time, vitamine became vitamin. Hopkins and Funk together developed the idea of vitamin deficiency disease.
The first named vitamin was vitamin A, named when researchers Thomas Osborne and Lafayette Mendel found that butter contained a fat-soluble nutrient. All most all of the vitamins we know today were named in the following ten years.
It is believed that the first vitamins were wholefood supplements made by Standard Process in 1929 which was founded by Dr. Lee. Dr. Lee felt that the process created to give food a longer shelf life stripped the food of its nutritional value. In order for the body to maintain health he designed a supplement to replace the vitamins lacking in the packaged food.
But it really wasn’t until the 1990s that the vitamin craze took off. And take off it did! Vitamins today are mass-produced and mainly sold in two forms. The first is packed with artificial flavors and bright colors and additives. The second is more natural without all the additives, colors and contain natural based ingredients. The more natural the vitamin or supplement the more expensive.
It is hard to believe that dietary supplements have been around for less than 100 years and at one point people got their nutrients from just the foods they ate. In a perfect world we would return to cultivating our own food and eating only what is good for us. But for most of us that is not an option.
To get the vitamins and nutrients you need take inventory of the foods you eat. Make a list of what is lacking in your diet. Try to buy lots of fruits and vegetables and food as close to its natural state as possible. For your dietary needs visit Meditrend.