20 cool facts about vitamins and minerals

1. Recent research has shown that while calcium is good for bones, vitamin K is even healthier. Goodbye milk, hello bananas!

2. In 1912, the Polish biochemist Kazimierz Funk first introduced the concept of vitamins. He called them "vital amines" that is, "amines of life."

3. Some studies have shown that Mederma cream (containing vitamin E and onion extract) is actually useless in healing scars.

4. Skin contact with vitamin E causes dermatitis in about 30% of people.

5. Lack of iodine can cause thyroid disease, in which the neck swells. It can also cause stunted growth in a child.

6. To compensate for the lack of iodine, iodized salt was introduced, and since then the average IQ on the planet has grown.

7. In the male body, vitamin D is interconnected with testosterone. The more sunlight a man gets, the higher his testosterone level.

8. If you hold bananas in the sun, they will increase the amount of vitamin D

9. NASA forced its astronauts to eat clay to strengthen their bones in a weightless state. Due to the combination of minerals in the clay, the calcium contained in it is better absorbed than pure calcium.

10. In extreme conditions, pine needle tea can be a source of vitamin C, as demonstrated by the inhabitants of Leningrad during the siege. Pine needles are also believed to prevent scurvy.

11. In scenes involving cocaine, actors usually use lactose powder. In case of lactose intolerance, vitamin B powder is used.

12. Eating polar bear liver could kill you due to its incredibly high vitamin A content. Eskimos usually bury the liver after cutting the carcass to prevent dogs from eating it.

13. To get an overdose of potassium, you need to eat 400 bananas in 30 seconds.

14. Strontium, as an element related to calcium, is sometimes prescribed in the treatment of fractures and to strengthen bones. In some cases, it works better than calcium!

15. A serving of chili has 400 times more vitamin C than a serving of oranges.

16. When naming vitamins, the letters from E to K are missing, because the vitamins under the missing letters turned out to be either subtypes of vitamin B or erroneous discoveries.

17. Molasses, or molasses, is extremely useful, although it is a by-product of sugar production. It contains significant amounts of calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, potassium and iron.

18. Nine baked potatoes contain more than enough calories and essential amino acids per day for a person weighing about 65 kg.

19. Numerous studies show that vitamin C and other dietary supplements do not reduce the risk of colds or flu.

20. In the 1990s, Vitamin A-fortified Golden Rice was created. It could have helped prevent childhood blindness in many countries, but was banned due to anti-GMO bias.