Vitamins are vital
The name “Vitamin” was created by research scientist Casimir Funk over 100 years where he identified that some dietary compounds, which if not present, led to the development of certain diseases. He believed these essential dietary compounds were amines and derived name “Vitamin” by combining the Latin word “vita” meaning “life” with the chemical term “amine”. Whilst it is true that some vitamins are amines, for example, thiamine, others such as vitamin C and D are not. He was, however, correct that they are all vital for life as they drive almost all metabolic reactions that occur in the body.