Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vitamin P

A little history lesson. Nutrients are designed to work together. How do we know? A Nobel Prize- winning physiologist, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi MD, was the first to find how nutritional elements work together. He is credited with discovering Vitamin C. He also discovered Vitamin P. How? In 1934 he gave fruit juice extract to a patient who suffered from scurvy, which is caused by a Vitamin C deficiency. The patient quickly recovered from the scurvy. It wasn't long afterwards that a purified form of Vitamin C became available. So, thinking that this purified form would give a better results to scurvy patients, he gave the purified Vitamin C to another scurvy patient. He was surprised to find out that the "purified" form of Vitamin C did not work as well as the fruit juice extract. In 1935, Szent-Gyorgyi studied the fruit juice extract and identified the "impurities" in the fruit juice, calling them Vitamin P. In today's terms, Vitamin P is known as bioflavonoids. The bioflavonoids are the cofactors that help Vitamin C do it's job better. This Vitamin C- bioflavonoid connection is only one of thousands of similar factor/cofactor reactions that occur in nature.

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