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May 17 2011 Biology Newsletter


Earlier this month after a routine doctor's visit I was informed that I had a serious Vitamin D deficiency. I was surprised because I felt that although I might not be the healthiest eater in the world, my diet should have been balanced enough to take care of all my vitamin needs!

I was prescribed a vitamin supplement and sent on may way with a check-up scheduled in six months. When I got home I realized that I wasn't really informed on the topic of vitamins. What exactly are they? How were they "discovered" by scientists.

This has led me to some heavy research on the topic, which I'll be sharing with you over the next few weeks. This week, I'm beginning at the beginning - the history of vitamin research. I hope you find it educational!

Here's the latest article from the Biology site at

Vitamins - How Were Vitamins Discovered?
Most people know that vitamins are good for you, but many don't really understand what vitamins are or why they are needed by the body to maintain good health. Exactly what are vitamins and how were they "discovered"?

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