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Monday, April 4th. Today is Vitamin C Day, celebrated — if that’s the word — every April 4 on the anniversary of the isolation of this vitamin.

The breakthrough was made 90 years ago by two doctors at the University of Pittsburgh. Before 1932, people knew that eating citrus fruit and fresh greens warded off certain diseases, such as scurvy, but didn’t know why. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is required to sustain human life. Studies have shown that people with a high daily intake of vitamin C seem to gain protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, eye disease and even skin wrinkling.

Health benefits have Americans ingesting a large assortment of pills. Nationwide, there are some 10,300 health supplement establishments, with combined annual sales of over $6-billion.

Profile America is completing 25 years as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

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