Is Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C?
Vitamins are “any of a number of unrelated, organic substances found variously in most foods, sometimes synthesized in the body, and essential, in small amounts, for the regulation of the metabolism and normal growth and functioning of the body.” (Webster’s Dictionary)
The term derives from Latin, vita, meaning life + German, amin, meaning amine — from the original mistaken idea that these substances all contain amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.
Discovery and Connection
In 1928, leading a Hungarian team of researchers, Albert Szent Gyorgi and his contemporary in America, Charles Glen King, isolated a single substance that prevented scurvy – long a scourge that for centuries had plagued sailors and pirates alike. Together, they authenticated this substance in 1932.
By 1933, British sugar chemist Walter Norman Haworth, working with his (then) assistant-Director of Research (later Sir) Edmund Hirst, was able to synthesize Szent Gyorgi and King’s discovery, which was vitamin C. Haworth and Szent Gyorgi, then, in 1934, proposed the name “a-scorbic” acid for this new vitamin, and both men became Nobel Prize recipients for their work.
“Ascorbic acid is an essential food for human beings. People who receive no vitamin C (ascorbic acid) become sick and die.” — Linus Pauling, the world’s only two-time, non-shared Nobel Prize winner, from his book, Vitamin C and the Common Cold.
An eye-opening fact is that 90 percent of the world’s supply of ascorbic acid today comes from China.
Vitamin K and Your Bones
In 1929, Danish scientist Henrik Dam fed chickens a cholesterol-depleted diet. When the poultry developed uncontrollable bleeding, he added the cholesterol back into the diet to no avail, causing him to suspect that a second compound — a new vitamin, perhaps — had been extracted from the food. Posted later as the “Koagulations vitamin” in a German journal, this new (vitamin group) discovery received the appellation “Vitamin K.” Dam’s vitamin became known as “K1.” (Modified labels identify different chemical structures in the field of vitamins.)
Considered the “plant form” of the Vitamin K group, K1 is found in its highest amounts in green leafy vegetables. Active also in animals, K1 performs the same classic functions of the vitamin K group, which includes formation of blood-clotting proteins.
Unfortunately, only 10% of K1 is absorbed by your body. It does not stay in your body as long as the next form, K2 — if the “2” is missing, it’s not the right vitamin K for your bones and cardiovascular system.
K2 has been studied for effectively helping to keep calcium out of your blood and arteries and into your bones. But, K2 is definitely NOT the improved form, MK-7, which is like a Super-K!
MK-7 is the most bio-available and beneficial vitamin K form for your cardiovascular system and bones. The MK-7 form provides the most active and bio-available form of vitamin K2 for aiding specific body needs by:
- Helping to reduce the level of calcium in your bloodstream by enabling it to enter your bones
- Supporting cardiovascular health
- Helping to strengthen your bones
- Aiding in calcium absorption by your bones, thereby
- Helping to increase bone density levels
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