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  • Frederick G. Hopkins, a biochemist at Cambridge University, England and a Nobel Prize Winner, reported in 1906 that there was an unknown something in food essential for life and health.
  • Casimir Funk, a Polish chemist, obtained an antiberiberi substance from rice polishings. He believed that the active factor that he found was a protein i.e. ‘an amino’. He called it a “vitamine” since he considered this amino to be a vital element in the food.
  • It was found that very few of these “vitamines” were truly protein so the final ‘e’ was dropped.



  • In short, amounts of vitamins many times the recommended dietary allowances may not only be worthless but may, in fact be harmful.
  • Vitamins do not contribute directly to the structure of the body, nor do they supply energy . Instead they regulate metabolism by releasing energy from fats and carbohydrates.
  • Vitamins can be involved in amino acid metabolism and also assist in forming blood, bones and tissues
  • They act as catalysts that hasten biological changes or enable them to take place.

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