Almost all the vitamin and mineral supplements you get at drug stores, vitamin shops, grocery stores – even at Whole Foods – are synthetic. They are manufactured by a few of the largest pharmaceutical companies under different brand names and in different packages for targeted marketing purposes.
“Man cannot duplicate what nature creates, even when the chemical analysis is identical. Most vitamin supplements are isolated chemical USP (United States Pharmacopeia) vitamins and minerals pressed together in a pill. The vitamins are produced synthetically from petroleum in chemical plants, while the minerals come from mining companies.
“Synthetic minerals are derived from rocks such as limestone, coral, oyster shell, sand, and chalk. Yum. Although these materials have mineral profiles, our bodies do not absorb them properly.” (Myers, 2012)
Some even claim that synthetic vitamins suppress our immune systems, that our bodies react to synthetic supplements as foreign invaders and launch an immune response against them. (Myers, 2012)
Dr. Fred Ulan, DC, CC, is a chiropractor in Florida who, when he realized that a steady diet of nutritionally empty, toxic foods was literally killing him, developed a system of diagnostic testing and treating with whole foods supplements he calls Nutritional Response Testing. He wrote this about the difference between synthetic, over-the-counter vitamin supplements and whole food supplements:
Over the counter vitamins are pharmaceutically engineered chemical fractions of vitamin structures reproduced in a laboratory. They are not ‘whole food’ and the body does not actually recognize these anything even vaguely beneficial (to put it mildly).
Because they are not made from whole foods ‘over the counter’ vitamins lack the essential synergistic elements normally present in WHOLE foods.
An example of a whole food could be carrots. Carrots are high in Vitamin A Complex. A “complex” is something made up of many different parts that work together. Synthetic vitamin A does not contain the whole vitamin A complex found in nature. So, if we were looking for a food high in vitamin A, carrots might be one of our choices.
If one actually were deficient in any of the components of vitamin A complex, one would be wise to seek out a supplement that was made from whole foods that were rich in this complex – not from chemicals re-engineered in a laboratory to look like one little part of the vitamin A complex that has been mislabeled as vitamin A.
Vitamins that are being used all over today generally only need to have a small percentage of their actual content derived from natural sources to be labeled “natural”. If they are not derived from the whole foods, they often can make you more deficient and nutritionally out of balance. They can create other health problems because they do not contain all the co-factors found in nature that make the vitamins work.
So-called “scientific research” done with these shoddy substitutes, repeatedly “proves” that vitamins don’t do much good for anyone! Can you imagine who pays for these “researches”?
AN EXAMPLE: NATURAL VITAMIN D3 VS SYNTHETIC D2
The vast majority of us are quite deficient in vitamin D – with serious consequences: increasing our risks for many chronic/autoimmune diseases and conditions – including heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, MS, cancers, TB, seasonal flu, Alzheimer’s, depression, diabetes and hair loss. A 2000 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that 77% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. (Hardin, 2014)
Exposure to sunlight stimulates our bodies to manufacture vitamin D – easier to achieve in the sunny but almost impossible in the darker months. Without 10-15 minutes of daily direct exposure to sunlight on at least 40% of your skin (wearing no sunscreen), we easily become “D-ficient”. Supplementing with D is the solution – but make sure you take a D3 supplement made with cholecalciferol, an active form that is much more bio-available than a synthetic vitamin D2. (Beljanski, 2013)
Adequate vitamin D levels are so important that a top British breast surgeon, Dr Kefah Mokbel, is handing out D supplements to his patients. He has also urged the National Health Service to provide D supplements to ALL British women 20 and older to prevent and fight breast cancer.
This is an example of what vitamin D3 gel cap supplements look like:
More information on the dangers of vitamin D deficiency:
Beljanski, S. (2013). Do not underestimate the benefits of vitamin D! See: http://thebeljanskiblog.com/underestimate-benefits-vitamin-d/
Hardin, J.R. (2014). Alzheimer’s, Gut Bacteria and Music. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2014/11/30/alzheimers-gut-bacteria-music/
Myers, W. (2012). 90% Of Vitamins Are Synthetic. See: http://liveto110.com/90-of-vitamins-are-synthetic/
Ulan, F. (2015). Dr Ulan & NRT. Natural Health and Healing Center. See: http://naturalhealthgr.com/services/nutritional-response-testing/dr-ulan-nrt
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