Probiotics and Lessons Learned from Vitamin C
Limes, oranges, and lemons were probably the first clinically documented functional foods. James Lind noted in 1742 that scurvy—a common malady leading to significant loss of life during lengthy voyages at sea—could be cured and prevented by the administration of these fruits. Unfortunately, it was another 62 years before the British navy adopted the use of “limes” to avoid scurvy.

Modern science suggests that there is more to citrus fruits than their …

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