Synthetic vs Whole Food Supplements

Homeostasis is the system to correct imbalances. The Body Is Designed To Heal Itself.  Idf the body is given rebuilding material from the junk yard (junk food), as well as devitalize, synthetic  foods full of coloring agents, stabilizers, preservatives, artificial flavoring such as the packaged foods that fill our supermarkets, it should not be surprising that the outcome will be disease, poor health, premature aging, obesity, autism, hyperactivity and other ills of today.

We, as consumers, have been thoroughly fooled and misled about vitamins.  We have been hoodwinked into believing that large quantities of dead chemicals are more nutritionally potent than smaller amount of high-quality living compounds.  Relatively small amounts of whole-food natural vitamins, with all of their naturally-occurring synergists, are far more potent than high doses of synthetic imitation “vitamins.”

The New England Journal of Medicine reported in1995 that 22,748 pregnant women were given synthetic Vitamin A.  After four years the study was halted because of a 240% increase in birth defects in babies of women taking 10,000IU daily, and a 400% increase in birth defects in babies of women taking 20,000 IU a day of SYNTHETIC Vitamin A.

Synthetic supplements give you isolated or fractionated pieces of the whole. In nature individual vitamins are found in molecular complexes bound to a vast array of other minerals.  By taking isolated parts of vitamin complexes, sometimes we may get a large dose of some vitamins, but not of others. This imbalance this can cause health problems too.  According to the Mayo Clinic, whole food supplements contain the essential vitamins and minerals that are often lost in processed foods and are more nutritionally rich.   In addition whole food supplements contain other essential nutrients, probiotics, essential Omega fatty acids and digestive enzymes.  Whole food supplements thus provide more nutrition than synthetic supplements.

Even when you are eating several servings of fruits and vegetables each day, a whole food supplement can provide additional nutrients to support your healthy lifestyle.  Also the ability to be absorbed and assimilated by the body is more efficient with whole food supplements than with synthetic supplements.   Because the vitamins and minerals have the same molecular structure as those found in real fruits and vegetables your body recognizes these compounds as real food, so they are absorbed and assimilated quickly. Synthetic supplements can take longer to process and may leave behind byproducts and trace toxic compounds that can damage your health in the long run.

Whole Food Supplements Are Readily Absorbed by the Body
“In the natural health community, what we’ve learned over the years as scientists and observers of human nature is that the human body is not designed to consume isolated nutrients and use them effectively. It must take in a full spectrum of supporting complementary nutrients as they exist in nature.

Taking a whole food supplement ensures optimal absorption, and can provide a number of health benefits.  Getting these minerals in their full-spectrum natural ratios (ratios which they’re found in nature) is very important.  It’s also important to consider the density of these nutrients.   Outstanding nutrition requires consuming whole food concentrates.
Avoid isolated vitamins and minerals move away from isolated vitamins and minerals. So forget about those cheap, low-cost bottles of vitamin C, vitamin E or those B vitamins you might find at the wholesale clubs, pharmacies or grocery stores. These are typically not going to do you very much good, because your body doesn’t need just vitamin C; your body needs a whole complement of vitamins from a lot of different sources. If you want vitamin C, go with whole-food concentrates. You’ll get plenty of vitamin C in a full-spectrum package that gives you antioxidants, phytonutrients, and cancer fighting compounds all at the same time; and none of that is actually listed on the label.”  Whole food nutritional supplements offer better health benefits than isolated vitamins and minerals (Thursday, April 28, 2005 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger. Editor of

How do you tell whether or not a supplement you’re looking art is a good choice?
Whole-food natural supplements never come in high dosages.  It is only possible to create high-dosage “vitamins” if you isolate one fraction of the vitamin complex as in crystalline, or synthesize one fraction as in synthetics.  In naturally-occurring Vitamin C complex, the ascorbic acid portion C is only about 5% of the whole complex.

When selecting a vitamin be sure to note the following:
•    It is as close as possible to its natural form.
•    The utmost care has been taken in all phases of its production, from growing its
ingredients, to manufacturing, testing for potency and quality control.
•    It works! I always try to select from the companies that have a long track record
of providing high quality products that produce good clinical results.

How To Read A Vitamin Label
To identify synthetics on the label, look to see if a source is given what it is made.  If you see these words it is probably a synthetic: gluconate, succinate, hydrochloride, nitrate, acetate, bitartrate, chloride and others.  Did you know) the word “natural” only means that the substance exists somewhere on the planet or in outer space.
CRYSTALLINE is a natural food treated with chemicals, solvents, heat and distillations to be able to call it a crystalline vitamin.
SYNTHETIC means an attempt to reconstruct the exact structure of the molecule by chemically combining molecules from chemicals.  Vitamin B1 for instance is made from a coal tar and d-alpha tocopherol (so- called Vitamin E) is a by-product of the film making industry.

(c) 2011 Nancy G. Taylor, DC


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