Sunday, February 28, 2016

Why do vitamins stop at the letter E?

Like, why isn't there a vitamin F, G, H, I, J, K and so one?  Why stop at E?

The answer is that they do exist, but the first five letters of the alphabet were assigned sequentially to specific scientific discoveries about 100 years ago - typically related to disease-causing vitamin deficiencies.  Research beyond that simply abandoned the 'alphebet' labeling system.  That's because researchers in foreign countries didn't care about it when making new discoveries.

For example, 'Vitamin F' is, today, what we call essential fatty acids (see: Omega-3).  'G','H', 'I' are really sub-groups of Vitamin B.  So is 'Vitamin M'.  The list goes on, but you get the idea; they just have different names today, like folic acid and Q10.

On important note about vitamins.  If you eat a well-balanced diet, you actually get most of the essential vitamins that your body needs.  Nonetheless, vitamins and nutritional supplements are very big business right in America right now.  Longevity is something that an again population is keenly interested in... and the science is always evolving.


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