The History and Evolution of Vitamins

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Many people take vitamin and mineral supplements for a variety of reasons.
According to researchers from Simon Frasier University in British Columbia, Canada, the importance of vitamins might lead all the way back to primordial organisms developing based on contact with vitamin containing substances.

Many people take vitamin and mineral supplements for a variety of reasons.

According to researchers from Simon Frasier University in British Columbia, Canada, the role of vitamins might lead back billions of years when primordial organisms used them for chemical development..

By studying the effects of vitamin B-1 on RNA molecules, the researchers found that the molecule could pull carbon dioxide from another molecule when introduced to the vitamin.

This discovery shows how vitamins may have influenced the building blocks of life.

Scientists only became acutely aware of the role that vitamins play in helping our bodies stay healthy around the beginning of the 20th century.

Many plants and animals naturally produce their own vitamins, but humans can only produce two - vitamin D from sun exposure and K. Other vitamins like C and B12 have to be consumed in our food.

Research suggests that humans have the genes to produce their own vitamins, but the activity of the gene has been disabled by years of evolution, making it so that our bodies cannot produce what is known as the GULO protein, necessary for producing vitamin C.

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