What do Cleopatra and a Guinea Pig Have in Common?
BetterWayHealth.com Looks a the Age-Old ‘Vitamin’ Debate!
The age-old debate over vitamins. I know…there are tons of doctors and people who rely on vitamins and supplements – they BELIEVE in them. Whereas there are groups of people out there who say that vitamins are bad for you. Well…which is it?
For weeks now we’ve been discussing all the remarkable products and information that BetterWayHealth.com provides. We have also gone in-depth on how to elongate your life and improve your health by heading to their website. One of the most incredible products is the Beta-1,3-D glucan that everyone is ‘jumping on board’ to purchase – a vitamin/supplement that has been proven to help the immune system.
Vitamins are essential for the normal growth and development of a multi-cellular organism. This is a fact. Even when a baby begins to develop in the womb, he/she absorbs nutrients; the baby requires certain vitamins and minerals to be present at certain times, and Mom shoulders that responsibility. These nutrients are a must in order to produce healthy skin, bone and muscle. If there’s a deficiency in one or more of these nutrients, a child may develop a disease.
For the most part, vitamins are attained from food, but a few aren’t. For example, vitamin K and biotin are made by the body, whereas vitamin D – which is highly important for one and all – is gotten mainly through sunlight. Our bodies can produce some vitamins such as vitamin A, but we do need help in order to make sure that everything is healthy from day one.
I truly love taking a ‘walk back through time’ when it comes to research, and discovering just who and what brought about the vitamins and supplements that are ‘must-haves’ in order to attain a longer, healthier life. Until the mid-1930s, when semi-synthetic vitamin C tablets just started to be sold, vitamins were only obtained though breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vitamins have been produced and made widely available as inexpensive sources of dietary and food supplements and additives, since the middle of the 20th century. But they were discovered far before that.
For a little fun and to learn a little history (very necessary when picked to be a contestant on Jeopardy), the term vitamin was derived from ‘vitamine,’ which is a word that came from the mind of a Polish scientist. A man named Casimir Funk took the words vital and amine (which meant the amine of life, because in 1912 it was stated that some organic nutrients found in food might be chemical amines that actually fought off the illnesses of the day). The word was accepted until another brain-child came along and proved that that these nutrients weren’t all chemical amines and dropped the e. That’s where we received OUR terminology. However, there are tons of cultures who knew all about vitamins and supplements before we ever came along.
The ancient Egyptians (my favorite) who many people still feel were the most intelligent of our species, even without the benefit of high-powered computer systems and the internet, were documented to already know things like feeding liver to a person was the cure for night blindness. Is this silly? Nope. Night blindness is actually caused by a vitamin A deficiency in the human body – and liver provides the much-needed vitamin to stop night blindness from occurring.
When ocean voyages became the ‘in’ thing in transportation during the Renaissance period, there was suddenly long amounts of time – months and years – where fresh fruits and vegetables were not made available to citizens. This made illnesses double and triple because of the vitamin deficiencies the occurred. People needed those particular food items in order to stay healthy. There are also tons of facts and figures that show most of the ships’ crew members took ill because they were receiving no vitamins – or healthy foods of any kind – while sailing.
It was around the mid-18th century that James Lind – a Scottish surgeon – actually discovered the fact that citrus helped stop scurvy, a particularly deadly disease that caused people to experience slow healing of their wounds, bleeding of their gums and eventual death. Lind actually went on to publish his findings, recommending using lemons and limes to stop scurvy. This information was immediately adopted by the British Royal Navy and soon, scurvy was no more. Interesting fact: It’s because of this particular information that led to the famous nickname for sailors of “Limey.” (Betcha’ didn’t know that one).
Not all people listened, but they never do. When the early 20th century came along there was a particular journeyman named Robert Scott, who thought that scurvy was basically caused by eating “tainted” canned food products. Nope. He was wrong. And many of his crew died on his Arctic expeditions.
It was in 1910, that the first vitamin complex was isolated by a Japanese scientist, Suzuki, who succeeded in finding and extracting a water-soluble complex of micronutrients from rice bran. He later named this, ‘aberic acid.’ Even though media wasn’t much back then, his discovery failed to gain publicity and was overlooked. In 1912, the Polish biochemist we spoke about before isolated the exact same complex of micronutrients and then proposed the name of ‘vitamine.’ Like the modern-day debate over who actually had the idea for FACEBOOK, it was the Polish biochemist who got all the media and attention.
In 1931, (I love this one) a man named Albert Szent-Gyorgyi thought that what chemists were calling “hexuronic acid” was actually our now well-know, vitamin C. He gave a sample to a man who proved him to be correct by using the vitamin/acid on his guinea pig. The Noble Prize in Physiology/Medicine was awarded to Szent in 1937. (Although the guinea pig was the one who really deserved it). Nobel Prizes then followed for many scientists with their discoveries of vitamin K, vitamin A – and the list goes on.
Thankfully, nowadays, we were gifted with a man by the name of David who founded Better Way Health. He deserved the ultimate prize because he showed severe strength of character and perseverance. He struggled with doctors who extolled information and medicine that made David more and more ill until he said, “Enough!” and researched how to best elongate his own life. He hit the nail on the proverbial head and used natural and organic vitamins to make his life last far longer than any doctor had diagnosed.
So now you’ve taken a walk through history. If you close your eyes and imagine, you can almost see Cleopatra eating her daily supply of liver – even though it wouldn’t save her from the eventual bit of the asp. And perhaps you will even see the amazing Japanese gentleman – who made the ultimate discovery – sitting in his lab wondering why, exactly, the other guy got all the credit.
But when you think about vitamins, how they work and IF you should ingest all that’s out there – you already have the correct answer – all because David and BetterWayHealth.com exists. Better living though healthy eating – when all is said and done, it’s as simple as that.
Until Next Time, Everybody.
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