Sunday, January 8, 2012

Vitamin C - L-Ascorbic Acid - Szent-Gyorgi

In 1927 Szent-Gyorgyi was credited with discovering and isolating an organic acid which could help prevent scurvy. A few years later, in the early 1930s, Szent-Gyorgyi and his research partner, Joseph Svirbely found that this organic acid was  Vitamin C with  chemical name "L-Ascorbic Acid".

Sailors, who would spend long periods at sea with little or poor nutrition, would often suffer with scurvy and to help avoid this dreaded disease they were given sacks of citrus fruits to nourish themselves with during their journey.  They knew at the time that limes were good for them, but they didn't know why.

In the years that have passed, Vitamin C has gone on to be used to not only prevent scurvy (a now rare disease) but as a general booster for the immune system, especially to help in the prevention of colds and flu.

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