Feb. 21, 2022

The Discovery of Vitamins & the History of Scurvy


Take everything you think you know about Scurvy and be prepared to have your mind blown!

This episode starts with Becca sharing all about the discovery of vitamins, specifically, Vitamin C and some of its unique properties. Then Sarah shares the scandalous story of Scurvy, and how millions of people died over centuries due to an error of communication. 

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