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Frequently asked questions about vitamins

As with any sites, there are questions, and answers to come. To save time, I will be putting here up some of them to save my time in answering the repeating ones.

What is a vitamin

Any of a group of organic substances essential in small quantities to normal metabolism.

Who coined the term vitamin

It is being attributed to Kazimier Funk, biochemist from Poland, in 1912, who came with the term "vitamine".  Vita means life in Latin, and amine suffix was a reference to the fact that at the time of their discovery it was accepted that vitamines were amines. After the discovery that for example vitamin C had no amine component, the ending "e" was dropped from the word, thus changing the term from vitamine to vitamin ever since.

What the RDAs and DRIs acronyms mean?

Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) were recently updated by the Food and Nutrition Board in partnership with Healt Canada, as Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). See http://www.iom.edu and www.nap.edu for further information and comprehensive list.

Are new vitamins still being discovered?

In 2003, it was reported, that Japanese discovered first new vitamin in 55 years since 1948. They discovered that PQQ, (pyrroloquinoline quinone), known from 1979, can be categorized as vitamin, more specifically as one belonging to the B group.

News

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06/14/05

I have decided to start an active promotion of this website, so that we get more visitors soon. And it would be a waste of time if we didn't allow for discussion and sharing of informations. In light of that, discussion forum will be officially launched on June 21st.

 

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05/03/05

I hope it will serve a positive function in opening alternative horizons in the area of general information about vitamins.