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Vitamins can play a key role in fight against COVID-19

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 18 2020   /  10:02 am
Rich in vitamins: Vegetables, fish, shrimp, fruits, dairy products, nuts and meat products are rich in several vitamins. Our body needs 13 types of vitamins to boost growth and immunity.(Shutterstock/potka)

Many of us do not know that the word “vitamin” has links with Indonesia dating back to the 19th century. A Dutch medical researcher’s findings, while conducting research into beriberi disease in Indonesia, led to the discovery of vitamins. He was none other than Christiaan Eijkman from the Netherlands. He first came to what was then called Batavia in 1883 as a military doctor and stayed until 1885. He returned in 1888, this time as a medical researcher. He was the first director of the Javanese Medical School, the precursor to the University of Indonesia, in Batavia. According to the nobel.org website, Eijkman discovered that the real cause of beriberi,  a disease that causes people to lose feeling in their legs and begin to have trouble walking, was a deficiency in a vital substance in the staple food rice. The substance is located in the so-called “si...