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Founded in 1972 by Jay Patrick, who developed a timed-release Vitamin C tablet that included all seven mineral ascorbates, in addition to other vitamins and minerals, and gave it the name Super Gram III. In 1978 the company expanded development to include a product containing mineral carbonates which would react in water to form a great tasting drink, simulating the animal production of the seven mineral ascorbates which humans cannot produce in their own bodies. This product is what we know today as Emergen-C. [+]