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In the Archaeological Museum of Populonia in Piombino, Tuscany, lies the remains of an ancient ship that sank off the coast of Tuscany in 130 B.C. The ship was actually found in 1974.

Part of the wreckage included pills that were sealed in several tin containers. They were completely dry even after being submerged in water for close to 2,000 years.

Using DNA techniques, they were able to identify that the tablets contained about a dozen dried garden plants including celery, carrots, radish, onion, parsley, etc.

It appears that even during ancient Rome, they were using these pills to treat skin disorders, intestinal disorders, vitamin supplements, etc.

 

 

 

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0 #6 Moon Shay 2012-06-04 00:41
I am fascinated with the study of many types of natural products and I find this news a little bit exciting and amazing.

Even before, there was already a good market for natural-based remedies.
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0 #5 Addicted2Italy 2012-01-10 03:58
Hi Brad,

Thank you for commenting! Yes, I agree, ancient multi-vitamins! The Romans sure had everything!

Larry
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0 #4 Brad 2012-01-08 23:53
LOL, ancient multi-vitamins :lol:
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0 #3 Addicted2Italy 2011-12-11 16:06
Thanks for responding Alviola and Dianne,

I agree, it's amazing what they are able to discover now about our ancestors.

Larry
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0 #2 Dianne Wrick 2011-12-11 14:27
I almost can't believe it that many centuries ago and even before the time of Christ, some people were already using common medicinal plants like celery, carrots, radish, onion, parsley into pills.

Personally, I believe in holistic approach to health and we must make our foods as medicine and medicine as foods.

An inspiring find.
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0 #1 Alviola 2011-12-05 12:15
Wow! This is an amazing discovery. Who would ever thought that even in ancient world, they already have their own version of the food supplement industry.

Natural medicine really got a very long history of usage.
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