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Old Thu, Jun-28-18, 09:50
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Ascorbic acid might be just a "piece" of the vitamin c complex, but it's the part of the complex that's, um, vitamic c. They didn't just willy-nilly pick out a fraction of the complex and declare it to be vitamin c, they did experiments showing that ascorbic acid specifically did prevent/cure scurvy. In a similar manner, "niacin" is just a fraction of the more involved NAD and NADP molecules, but it certainly does resolve pellegra.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ar...j00519-0122.pdf

This study from the 30's in infants with scurvy using ascorbic acid rather than whole food sources of vitamin c did show that it was effective. The study was unethical, but it did show that ascorbic acid is indeed vitamin c.
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