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Arginine, scurvy and Cartier's "tree of life"

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, February 2009
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Title
Arginine, scurvy and Cartier's "tree of life"
Published in
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, February 2009
DOI 10.1186/1746-4269-5-5
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Authors

Don J Durzan

Abstract

Several conifers have been considered as candidates for "Annedda", which was the source for a miraculous cure for scurvy in Jacques Cartier's critically ill crew in 1536. Vitamin C was responsible for the cure of scurvy and was obtained as an Iroquois decoction from the bark and leaves from this "tree of life", now commonly referred to as arborvitae. Based on seasonal and diurnal amino acid analyses of candidate "trees of life", high levels of arginine, proline, and guanidino compounds were also probably present in decoctions prepared in the severe winter. The semi-essential arginine, proline and all the essential amino acids, would have provided additional nutritional benefits for the rapid recovery from scurvy by vitamin C when food supply was limited. The value of arginine, especially in the recovery of the critically ill sailors, is postulated as a source of nitric oxide, and the arginine-derived guanidino compounds as controlling factors for the activities of different nitric oxide synthases. This review provides further insights into the use of the candidate "trees of life" by indigenous peoples in eastern Canada. It raises hypotheses on the nutritional and synergistic roles of arginine, its metabolites, and other biofactors complementing the role of vitamin C especially in treating Cartier's critically ill sailors.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 2%
China 1 2%
Italy 1 2%
Unknown 43 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 22%
Student > Master 9 20%
Student > Bachelor 7 15%
Researcher 7 15%
Other 3 7%
Other 6 13%
Unknown 4 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 17 37%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 22%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 4%
Environmental Science 2 4%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 4%
Other 8 17%
Unknown 5 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 27. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 May 2021.
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#15
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