Here are some facts that you won’t find advertised on most of the vitamin supplements at your local vitamin store:
The majority of commercial vitamin supplements are made up of synthetic vitamins.
Synthetic vitamins do not perform the same functions in your body as vitamins found naturally in whole foods.
Many synthetic vitamins deplete your body of other nutrients and tax your kidneys before being excreted through your urine.
Anyone who studies biochemistry learns that vitamins DO NOT exists as single components that act on their own.
Vitamins are made up up several different components – enzymes, co-enzymes, and co-factors – that must work together to produce their intended biological effects. Vitamins that are found naturally in whole foods come with all of their necessary components.
The majority of vitamins that are sold in pharmacies, grocery stores, and vitamin shops are synthetic vitamins, which are only isolated portions of the vitamins that occur naturally in food.
A good example is Vitamin C. If you take a variety of Vitamin C supplements, you will find that the majority of them contain only ascorbic acid or a compound called ascorbate, which is a less acidic form of ascorbic acid.
Ascorbic acid is NOT vitamin C. It represents the outer ring that servers as a protective shell for the entire Vitamin C complex. much like and orange peel that serves as a protective shell for and orange.
Real Vitamin C found in whole foods like fruits and vegetable contain the following components:
Rutin, Bioflavonoids (vitamin P), Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, Tyrosinase, Ascorbinogen, Ascorbic Acid
In the event that your body doesn’t not have adequate reserves of the other components, ascorbic acid itself does not provide any of the health benefits that the full Vitamin C complex does.
After circulating through your system, the unused ascorbic acid is eliminated through your urine. Just like Vitamin C, almost all other vitamins that we know of off their full health benefits when they are in the presence of a number of enzymes. co-enzymens, co-facgors, and even minerals. For example Vitamin D may have as many as twelve different active components, while vitamin P has at leas five different ones.
The mineral copper is needed for full Vitamin C activity, while Vitamin E works closely with the mineral selenium to provide its health promoting, anti-oxidative effect. Clearly, it is best to get your vitamins from whole foods and nutritious foods. For example sunflower seeds are an excellent whole food source of Vitamin E and the mineral selenium.
So…how do you know if the vitamins on your kitchen counter are from whole foods or if they are synthetic?
IF the list of ingredients includes an actual vitamin like Vitamin C rather than an actual food that contains natural Vitamin C like “acerola cherry powder,” you can bet that it is a synthetic vitamin.
If you choose to use nutritional supplements, it is in your best interest to use only those products that list actual foods as their ingredients rather than synthetic and isolated vitamins.
While some synthetic and isolated vitamins have been shown to provide minimal health benefits, on the whole, most of them cause more harm than good and your are far better spending your money on whole foods.
It is important to note that theses principles are just as relevant and applicable to minerals and mineral supplements.
A Comparative Analysis by Dr. Ben Kim
For a DAILY out of this world synergistic blend I drink TONS of KANGEN WATER which definitely on a bio-available level works like electric crystal water running through me..and mix it with my nutritional whole food supplements:
Nutritional Yeast (Twin Labs)
Raw Meal (Garden of Life)
New Chapter Multi-Vitamin
Nordic Naturals (pharmaceutical grade) Fish Oil
New Chapter Holy Basil + Neurozyme
He She Wu
Shilajit Powder (as a treat)