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November 18, 1944

ADULT NEEDS OF VITAMINS A AND C

Author Affiliations

MADISON, WIS.

From the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

JAMA. 1944;126(12):751-752. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850470015004
Abstract

It is still as true as ever that the diet can and should be a sufficient source of vitamins A and C for all the healthy human needs. Even with the difficulties of the current high cost of food, with restrictions imposed by food rationing and with shortages in the market, it is possible for many people to meet the best of standards of securing these vitamins as well as the other nutrients in a diet. On the other hand, clinical experience in recent months, as before, convinces me that a very considerable number of adult Americans, whether urban or rural, are not securing a sufficient amount of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, for the best health. The increased cost of citrus fruit is less frequently a cause of this deficiency than the failure to realize the urgent necessity for the use of those foods which contain ample amounts of

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