Facts about Vitamins and Minerals

  • Martin H. Floch
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (TGEN)


Ever since James Lynn observed in 1593 that orange juice can prevent scurvy, humans have gradually become more aware that there are noncaloric substances in foods that are necessary for survival. Those substances that have enzymatic activity and are not synthesized by man are generally defined as vitamins. For the purposes of this book, the important facts concerning vitamins are described in a simplified outline form.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin H. Floch
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and NutritionNorwalk HospitalUSA

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