In 1905, the first scientist to determine
that if special factors (vitamins) were removed from food disease occurred,
was Englishmen, William Fletcher. Doctor Fletcher was researching the causes
of the disease Beriberi when he discovered that eating unpolished rice
prevented Beriberi and eating polished rice did not. William
Fletcher believed that there were special nutrients contained in the husk of
In 1906, English biochemist Sir Frederick
Gowland Hopkins also discovered that certain food factors were important to
health. In 1912, Polish scientist Cashmir Funk named
the special nutritional parts of food as a "vitamine" after "vita" meaning life and
"amine" from compounds found
in the thiamine he isolated from rice husks. Vitamine was later shortened to
vitamin. Together, Hopkins and Funk formulated the vitamin hypothesis of
deficiency disease - that a lack of vitamins could make you sick.
Elmer V. McCollum and M. Davis discovered vitamin A during 1912–1914. In 1913, Yale researchers, Thomas Osborne and Lafayette Mendel
discovered that butter contained a fat-soluble nutrient soon known as
vitamin A. Vitamin A was first synthesized
Elmer V. McCollum discovered sometimes around 1915–1916.
Casimir Funk discovered in 1912.
D. T. Smith, E. G. Hendrick discovered B2 in 1926.
Tishler and Robert Williams - Inventors of Synthetic Vitamins
Max Tishler invented methods for synthesizing the essential vitamin B2.
American, Conrad Elvehjem discovered in 1937.
discovered in 1933.
Paul Gyorgy discovered in 1934.
In 1747, Scottish naval surgeon James Lind discovered that an nutrient
(now known to be vitamin C) in citrus foods prevented scurvy. It was
rediscovered by Norwegians, A. Hoist and T. Froelich in 1912. Vitamin C
was the first vitamin to be artificially synthesized in 1935. A process
invented by Dr. Tadeusz Reichstein, of the Swiss Institute of Technology in
In 1922, Edward Mellanby discovered Vitamin D while researching a disease
In 1922, University of California researchers, Herbert Evans and Katherine
Bishop discovered vitamin E in green leafy vegetables.
According to physician, Dr. Erika Schwartz MD in a report called Coenzyme Q10 - The
Energizing Antioxidant issued by Kyowa Hakko USA, "Coenzyme Q10 was
discovered by Dr. Frederick Crane, a plant physiologist at the University of
Wisconsin Enzyme Institute, in 1957. Utilizing specialized fermentation technology developed by
Japanese manufacturers, cost-effective production of CoQ10 began in the
mid-1960s. To this day, fermentation remains the dominant production method
around the globe."
In 1958, Dr. D.E. Wolf under Dr. Karl Folkers PhD (Folkers leading a team of
researchers at Merck Laboratories), first described the chemical structure of
coenzyme Q10. Dr. Folkers later received, the 1986 Priestly Medal from the
American Chemical Society for his research on coenzyme Q10.
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