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We all think we know vitamins – and we’re told they’re essential – but why do really need them and why can’t we produce them on our own? These are a few questions on the mind of intrepid filmmaker and health-freak Bryce Sage who travels from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco to get to the bottom of the vitamin mystery.

Bryce figures a good place to start is the 'daily values' numbers making up the nutrition guidelines on most of our food labels, which takes him to the National Institutes of Health to decode how those numbers are calculated. While a balanced diet is surely the best way to get our vitamins, Bryce learns we may not be getting exactly what we need because of nutrition declines due to modern agricultural practices.

Scene from the film: Our vegetables aren't nearly as nutritious as they were 50 years ago — Bryce visits Marin Organic Farms to find out why.

But before we turn to supplements, Bryce wants to know more. He visits a supplement factory to understand where they originate and even gets his blood tested for deficiency levels because he’s no stranger to playing the human guinea pig. He’ll investigate whether there’s such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to vitamins.

Maybe the answers aren’t so black and white. What roles do geography and skin colour play in our need for Vitamin D, and could our genetics affect our individual needs for other vitamins? With vitamins and supplements in the controversial media spotlight – some singing their health-boosting praises and other claiming they cause cancer – the time is now to answer these questions.

Credits (Click to expand)

The Curious Case

of Vitamins and Me

written and directed by
Bryce Sage

executive producer
Merit Jensen Carr

produced by
Erna Buffie

David McGunigal

field director
Elise Swerhone

production manager
Dodie Graham McKay

Keith Eidse

additional cinematography
Gabriel Levesque

original music

narration by
David Suzuki

graphics and animation
Jamie Hopkins
Darcy Hunter
Pete Siemens

assistant camera
James Hiebert
BJ Verot

location sound
Russ Dyck
Ray Day
Norman Dugas

Bryce Sage
Aaron Yeger

visual research
Gina Cali
David McGunigal

online editor
Andrew Shire

sound editor
Russ Dyck
John Schritt

re-recording engineer
Howard Rissin

assistant editor / conform editor
Matt Onishchuk

post production supervisor
Dodie Graham McKay

production assistant
Gordon Agar
Bridget Shirley
Matthew Lumas
Gianfranc Pipitone

Jennifer Jensen-Tracy
Christine Liber

special thanks

Sara Arenson
Murat Ates
Beth Azore
Esan Azore
Ian Bawa
Daniel Chen
Benyam Chutta
April Crane
Lisa Cianfrini
Drew Cochrane
Jake Daigle

Melissa Dupuis
Ahmed El-Sohemy
Trevor Kristjanson
Brick Kroiter
Jesse Laing
Luc MacNeil
Joel Mintz
Nick Noonan
Edi Ferdinan Nahak Serang
Mandeep Sodhi
Carole Vivier

Sara Redmond & the staff of Cocoon Urban Day Spa
San Francisco Zoo
Certified Exercise Professionals, Berkeley, CA
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
University of California, Berkeley
Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, CA
Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia
Big Y – Ansonia
NutraLab Canada Inc
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
GoodLife Fitness, Toronto, Canada
George Brown College Food Innovation & Research Studio
Almost Urban Vegetables, Winnipeg, Canada
Chris Brunette and the staff of The Grace Café, Winnipeg, Canada
The Manitoba Museum

stock footage courtesy of:

Chris Hadfield © Canadian Space Agency, 2013
Footage Firm Inc.

executive producer
Merit Jensen Carr

© MMXV – Vitamin Films Inc.

for the CBC

director of production
Alexandra Lane

director of finance
Julie Lawlor

executive in charge of production
Sue Dando

executive director
Documentary Programming
Mark Starowicz

executive director
Unscripted Content
Jennifer Dettman

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