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The bizarre truth about supplements

 


Supplements range from Sammy Sosa’s Flintstones vitamins to a pill of Ginkgo biloba. Humans have long recognized the importance of supplementing their diet with important nutrients. As explorers conquered the world in the age of discovery, they were constantly under the threat of developing scurvy. The cure to scurvy was identified by Dr. James Lind in 1747 and was relatively simple; supplement the diet of sailors with citrus fruit. It took nearly 200 years for humans to discover citrus fruit contained high amounts vitamin C. In modern times, we can supplement our diet with vitamin C in m...



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