Essential Vitamins


Vitamins

Oxygen’s Vitality Assistants

Majid Ali, M.D. Vitamins are oxygen’s darlings. It nurses and coddles them. They, in turn, are oxygen’s loyal assistants and serve their master in many roles, including:
Enzymes for energy (B complex vitamins)
Enzymes for detox (B complex vitamins)
Antioxidants (vitamin E and vitamin C)
Messengers or hormones (vitamin D for mineral metabolism)
Growth factors for cell and tissue (vitamin A)

Carriers of electron energy or energy groups (folic acid carries an important carbon group called methyl, formyl and methylene)


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Coaxed by oxygen (and oxygen’s offspring, such as oxyradicals), vitamins facilitate actions and reactions. Cells renew themselves after injury and heal with them. The immune system cannot work and wounds cannot heal without them. This view of the functions of vitamins vastly expands the prevailing definition of vitamins as organic compounds which cannot be produced in the body and must be obtained from the diet to prevent a small number of deficiency diseases. This is a crucial point and I underscore it with text from my book RDA: rats, Drugs, and Assumptions (2005):

Discovery of Vitamins

The early years of the twentieth century saw a remarkable burst of vitamin discoveries. The years of their discoveries, their chemical names, and the sources of their original isolation are given below.

1910 Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Rice bran

1913 Vitamin A (Retinol) Cod liver oil

1920 Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) Citrus, most fresh foods

1920 Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Meat, eggs

1920 Vitamin D (Calciferol) Cod liver oil

1922 Vitamin E (Tocopherol) Wheat germ oil, unrefined vegetable oils

1926 Vitamin B12 (Cobalamins) Liver, eggs, animal products

1929 Vitamin K (Phylloquinone/phytol naphthoquinone) Leafy green vegetables

1931 Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) Meats, whole grains

1931 Vitamin B7 (Biotin) Meats, dairy products, eggs

1934 Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) Meat, dairy products

1936 Vitamin B3 (Niacin) Meat, eggs, grains

1941 Vitamin B9 (Folic acid) Leafy green vegetables

A Historical Note

The idea that certain diseases can be prevented or reversed with substances in minute amounts (micronutrient) is not new. The ancient Egyptians fed liver to patients with night blindness long before vitamin A deficiency was recognized to cause the disease. Sea-faring people of earlier times recognized diets without fresh fruits and vegetables for extended periods resulted in ill health among the sailors, and that such disorders could be reversed by supplying fresh foods. In 1749, the preventability of scurvy with lemon was reported by the Scottish surgeon James Lind. Scurvy then was considered as sailor’s scourge that caused poor wound healing, bleeding gums, severe pain, and death. The adoption of Lind’s recommendation by the British Royal Navy firmly established the cause-and-effect relationship between scurvy and some factor in lemon (subsequently recognized as vitamin C). The term “vitamine” was coined by by Polish scientist Casimir Funk in his belief that these substances were vital to life and contained a chemical group called amine. The term “vitamin” was used when this family of micronutrients proved not to have amine groups.

RDA Values

The notion of Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) is the most pernicious idea of 20th-century medicine. Below, I reproduce some text from my book entitled “RDA: Rats, Drugs and Assumptions (1995): In 1940 the Food and Nutrition Board established amounts of several nutrients that it considered sufficient to prevent some nutritional deficiency diseases. This was unequivocally the worst medical folly ever foisted on the American people by government experts. None of the “experts” who sat on the Nutrition Board proclaiming the RDA doctrine had ever practiced nutritional medicine, nor did they ever evaluate clinical results of nutritionists. Notwithstanding, the RDA doctrine led to a widespread assumption among physicians that nutrients play no role in reversing chronic disorders. It also led to the second and more dangerous assumption that diseases could only be treated with drugs. Little did anyone recognize that these two seemingly innocent assumptions would rob millions of Americans of untold opportunities in using nontoxic, nondrug nutrient therapies for disease prevention and treatment of chronic disorders. The tragic error of the RDA is that it went on to spawn generations of physicians who turned their backs on the essential healing properties of nutrients, and became staunch opponents of all nondrug therapies. Ignorant in the true nature of the healing response and ill-informed about the role of nutrients in it, they declared all nutrient therapies quackery and relentlessly persecuted physician-nutritionists. Drugs and scalpels became the only acceptable tools of the trade. Laws were enacted to revoke the licenses of practitioners who practiced unconventional (meaning nondrug and nonsurgical) therapies.


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