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Vitamin C: Heals Wounds and Bolsters Immunity, Nearly Half of Americans Don't Get Enough

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The patient was suffering from scurvy, a disease that took the lives of an estimated 2 million sailors between the 1500s and 1800s. Its cause? Severe vitamin C deficiency. After adjusting her diet and taking vitamin C supplements, the woman soon reported less pain, better exercise tolerance, and significant improvement in her skin condition. Before it was identified, this vitamin was designated "C" to signify its anti-scurvy properties. Vitamin C was later discovered in 1932 to be ascorbic acid, with ascorbic meaning "anti-scurvy."