Darwin-L Message Log 8:93 (April 1994)

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<8:93>From carey@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu  Wed Apr 27 07:39:31 1994

Date: Wed, 27 Apr 1994 08:39:12 -0400 (EDT)
From: Arlen Carey <carey@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu>
Subject: vitamin C
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

As I recall from the distant past (>1 ybp), some of the research/claims
extolling the virtues of vitamin c for the health/nutrition of today's
human population recommended massive doses for true palliative effects
(massives doses = 15-20 grams per day).  How could our ancestors have
consumed enough fruit to obtain an equivalent amount of vitamin c?
(Perhaps part of the answer concerns the fact that some of the beneficial
effects of such massive consumption are realized only relatively late in
life--at a point so late that the benefits would have little if any
effect on reproductive success.)  Any other ideas?

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