Interesting facts about vitamins
Interesting facts about vitamins will cover a wide variety of topics, including biochemistry, medicine, nutrition and other areas. Vitamins play an important role in the life of every person. They affect both the physical and emotional state of people.
So, before you the most interesting facts about vitamins.
22 interesting facts about vitamins
Vitaminology is a science at the intersection of biochemistry, food hygiene, pharmacology and some other biomedical sciences that studies the structure and mechanisms of action of vitamins, as well as their use for therapeutic and prophylactic purposes.
In 1912, the Polish biochemist Casimir Funk first introduced the concept of vitamins, calling them “vital amines” – “amines of life”.
Do you know that hypervitaminosis is called an excess of a vitamin, hypovitaminosis is called a deficiency, and beriberi is called vitamin deficiency?
The situation today is known about 13 types of vitamins, although in many textbooks this figure is increased several times.
In men, vitamin D is related to testosterone. The more sunlight a man receives, the higher his testosterone levels become.
An interesting fact is that, based on solubility, vitamins are divided into fat-soluble – A, D, E, K, water-soluble – C and B vitamins.
Skin contact with vitamin E causes dermatitis in almost every third person on the planet.
Keeping bananas in the sun will increase their vitamin D content.
Before flying into space, NASA forced astronauts to consume a small amount of clay to strengthen bones in a state of weightlessness. Due to the combination of minerals (see interesting facts about minerals) in clay, the calcium contained in it is absorbed by the body better than pure calcium.
The last known vitamin B₁₂ was discovered in 1948.
Lack of iodine can lead to thyroid disease, as well as slowing down the growth of the child.
To compensate for iodine deficiency, iodized salt began to be produced, the use of which led to an increase in the average IQ on the entire planet.
With a lack of vitamin B₉ (folic acid and folate), there is a risk of fetal defects in pregnant women.
Under extreme conditions, pine needle tea can be a rich source of vitamin C. Such tea was brewed by residents of besieged Leningrad, who, as you know, experienced terrible hunger.
Polar bear liver contains so much vitamin A that eating it can lead to death. For this reason, among the Eskimos, it is customary to bury it so that the dogs do not eat the liver.
A number of scientific studies have shown that vitamin C does not reduce the risk of colds.
To get a potassium overdose, a person would need to eat about 400 bananas in 30 seconds.
An interesting fact is that a serving of chili peppers contains 400 times more vitamin C than a serving of oranges.
An excess of vitamin K leads to an increase in platelets and blood viscosity.
Curiously, one serving of maple syrup contains more calcium than the same serving of milk.
With a lack of vitamin A, various lesions of the epithelium develop, vision deteriorates, wetting of the cornea is disturbed, immunity decreases and growth slows down.
Lack of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) leads to scurvy, which is characterized by fragility of blood vessels, bleeding gums and tooth loss.