How To Read Vitamin Labels
Read this detailed listing of vitamin label contents to determine natural or synthetic source of ingredients.
Natural vs Synthetic Vitamins Summary
Synthetic, fractionated chemical vitamins never grew in the ground, were never energized by the sun, and were never alive or part of anything alive. They are chemicals, they are drugs; they are NOT food or nutrients.
The tragedy is that under the current standards these chemicals can be marketed and studied as vitamins and they are also what are used to determine daily values and to study potential benefit and harm of vitamin supplementation. Ingesting chemical synthetic vitamins does NOT represent vitamin supplementation; it represents the ingestion of chemicals or drugs.
Research studies use synthetic vitamins, NOT naturally occurring vitamins! It is neither difficult nor expensive to use synthetic chemicals and call them vitamins.
Neither all vitamins nor all products containing vitamins are EQUAL. If it doesn’t sound like whole food it is not whole, if it has huge RDI and RDA values for all listed vitamins and minerals it is synthetic, and if it has not been properly extracted it does not contain the benefits of live food.
Just like vitamin C, almost all other vitamins that we know of only offer their FULL health benefits when they are in the presence of a number of enzymes, co-enzymes, and co-factors.
For example, Vitamin D may have as many as twelve different active components. The mineral copper is needed for full vitamin C activity, while vitamin E works closely with the mineral selenium to provide its health promoting, antioxidant effect. This is known as a synergistic effect and is ignored by those manufacturing and marketing synthetic and/or isolated supplements.
When they do market their product as having the cofactors what one must realize is that they have added a cofactor to a SYNTHETIC chemical not a real vitamin. Whole food products naturally contain all of the vitamins, minerals and co-factors necessary because the plant itself required and absorbed these nutrients in exactly this way for its own good health.
It used to be said that vitamins were a form of “cheap life insurance” and any excess would simply be eliminated. Not true. Fat-soluble vitamins can accumulate in the fatty tissues. Even excreting the water soluble vitamins can deplete the body of other essential nutrients and place a harmful load on the kidneys. It is no longer just a question of whether or not you are wasting your money on synthetic vitamins, they may be doing you significant harm.
Dr. Patsy Brannon, a professor of Nutritional Science found taking synthetic Vitamin C and synthetic Vitamin E actually blocked the beneficial effects of exercise in terms of insulin sensitivity and antioxidant activity. Here again the subjects in the study that ingested natural Vitamin C and Vitamin E did not experience these adverse effect but rather derived all the benefits one would expect. (Ristow et al. Antioxidants prevent health-promoting effects of physical exercise in humans. PNAS, March 11, 2009).
In a study published in Feb, 2009 in Archives of Internal Medicine researchers found that synthetic multivitamin use in post-menopausal women did not decrease risk of cardiovascular diseases or common cancers. In fact the study shows that synthetic multivitamin consumption is associated with a decrease in benefit from the consumption of fruits and vegetables and other healthy lifestyle choices! (Multivitamin Use and Risk of Cancer Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease in Women’s Health Initiative Cohorts. Arch Intern Med. 2009; 169 (3): 294-304)
Source: Dr. Chestnut, Innate Choice Inc. Newsletter Organic Sufficiency www.innatechoice.com See TLC Store for Organic Sufficiency and other whole food items.
Natural vs Synthetic Vitamins
Read the information in this link for another explanation of the difference between natural, whole food supplements and man-made synthetic vitamins.