The ABC”s of Nutrition: Vitamin C

Back in the 1500’s-1800’s, it was found that sailors who traveled long distances aboard their ships were developing a constellation of strange symptoms that resulted in profound illness and death. Amazingly, the symptoms were curable by increasing the intake of limes and citrus fruits!  Why was this? Continue reading

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The ABC’s of Nutrition: Understanding Vitamin B

Vitamin B is actually a complex of eight distinct vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine,  biotin, folic acid and cobalamin (B12). Several of the Vitamin B’s are important in skin nutrition. While overt deficiencies of the vitamin B’ are rare, we can deduce the importance of these vitamins in skin health by looking at the symptoms of deficiencies of these vitamins: Continue reading