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One of the earliest descriptions of vitamin deficiency disease was given by Jacques Cartier in 1536, who described the symptoms of what is now know to be scurvy. However, it was not until 1753 that James Lind, a Scottish physician, documented a way to prevent this disease by supplementing the diet with lemon or lime juice, which subsequently led to the British sailors being nicknamed ‘limies’. We now know that the active ingredient that had such a powerful anti-scurvy effect was vitamin C.
Cataracts - people with low vitamin C levels have 11 times the normal risk. A recent study investigated the relationship of supplements and cataract formation. The study involved 350 men and women who were given supplements of both vitamin E and C. Results showed that the consumption of these supplementary vitamins reduced the risk of senile cataracts by about 50%
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