Synthetic is pathetic. O.K., I stole that from this great website – www.mysistersays.com, which has nothing to do with this article, but the rhyme is very applicable to what I am talking about this week. My point is if you are taking synthetic isolate vitamins, which are the most commonly used vitamins, you are not only not feeding your body, you are depleting it of valuable, life enhancing nutrients!
Your body recognizes whole food and knows how to utilize it. Your body identifies the synthetic isolates as a foreign substance so it gets rid of most of what you ingest (which is why you need to take those unreasonably high doses) and what little stays, scavenges your body for the co-factors that act as catalysts that it needs to perform its job. So you might feel better for a while, but then you will end up even more vitamin depleted in the long run. The synthetic isolate might relieve or lessen a symptom without really alleviating what is going on with your body, but a synthetic certainly can’t feed your body, like a whole food supplement can. Feeding the body what it is missing with whole food supplements is what will help the body be able to correct its imbalance.
Think about it, if we get (or at least used to get) vitamins and minerals from food, why would you take a synthetic item made from coal tar to replace what you aren’t getting??? Wouldn’t you take a whole food supplement to replace what you aren’t getting from food? Coal tar isn’t food, last time I checked, but it’s certainly what many B Vitamins are made out of.
Pioneers of nutrition in this country didn’t believe in, or use synthetic isolates to support the body. One pioneer, Dr. Royal Lee, believed that when nutrients remain intact and are not split from their natural associated synergists–known and unknown–bioactivity is markedly enhanced over isolated nutrients. Following this philosophy, even a small amount of a whole food concentrate will offer enhanced nutritional support, compared to an isolated or fractionated vitamin. Therefore, one should examine the source of nutrients rather than looking at the quantities of individual nutrients on product labels.
So if you think your supplements from Walmart, Costco or even Whole Foods and the absolute worst of all, MY PERSONAL FAVORITE – the multi-level marketing friend (who has been “trained” by the company) aren’t synthetic imitations of life creating all sorts of deficiencies, then read on and think again!
The following is from From an article by Robert Thiel, Ph.D., Naturopath:
“Table 1. Composition of Food and Non-Food Vitamins [1-10]
|Vitamin||Food Nutrient*||‘Natural’ Vitamin Analogue & Some Process Chemicals|
|Vitamin A/Betacarotene||Carrots||Methanol, benzene, petroleum esters; acetylene; refined oils|
|Vitamin B-1||Nutritional yeast, rice bran||Coal tar derivatives, hydrochloric acid; acetonitrole with ammonia|
|Vitamin B-2||Nutritional yeast, rice bran||Synthetically produced with 2N acetic acid|
|Vitamin B-3||Nutritional yeast, rice bran||Coal tar derivatives, 3-cyanopyridine; ammonia and acid|
|Vitamin B-5||Nutritional yeast, rice bran||Condensing isobutyraldehyde with formaldehyde|
|Vitamin B-6||Nutritional yeast, rice bran||Petroleum ester & hydrochloric acid with formaldehyde|
|Vitamin B-8||Rice||Phytin hydrolyzed with calcium hydroxide and sulfuric acid|
|Vitamin B-9||Broccoli, rice bran||Processed with petroleum derivatives and acids; acetylene|
|Vitamin B-12||Nutritional yeast||Cobalamins reacted with cyanide|
|Vitamin ‘B-x’||PABA Nutritional yeast||Coal tar oxidized with nitric acid (from ammonia)|
|Choline||Nutritional yeast, rice bran||Ethylene and ammonia with HCL or tartaric acid|
|Vitamin C||Acerola cherries, citrus fruits||Hydrogenated sugar processed with acetone|
|Vitamin D||Nutritional yeast||Irradiated animal fat/cattle brains or solvently extracted|
|Vitamin E||Rice, vegetable oils||Trimethylhydroquinone with isophytol; refined oils|
|Vitamin H||Nutritional yeast, rice bran||Biosynthetically produced|
|Vitamin K||Cabbage||Coal tar derivative; produced with p-allelic-nickel|
Table 2. Chemical Form of Food and Non-Food Vitamins [1-10]
|Primary Chemical Vitamin Form in Food||Vitamin Analogue Chemical Form (Often Called Natural*)|
|Vitamin A/Betacarotene; retinyl esters; mixed carotenoids||Vitamin A acetate; vitamin A palmitate; betacarotene (isolated)|
|Vitamin B-1; thiamin pyrophosphate (food)||Thiamin mononitrate; thiamin hydrochloride; thiamin HCL|
|Vitamin B-2; riboflavin, multiple forms (food)||Riboflavin (isolated); USP vitamin B2|
|Vitamin B-3; niacinamide (food)||Niacin (isolated); niacinamide (isolated)|
|Vitamin B-5; pantothenate (food)||Pantothenic acid; calcium pantothenate; panthenol|
|Vitamin B-6; 5’0 (beta-D) pyridoxine||Pyridoxine hydrochloride; pyridoxine HCL|
|Vitamin B-9; folate||Folic acid|
|Vitamin B-12; methylcobalamin; deoxyadenosylcobalamin||Cyanocobalamin; hydroxycobalamin|
|Choline (food); phosphatidyl choline (food)||Choline chloride; choline bitartrate|
|Vitamin C; ascorbate (food); dehydroascorbate||Ascorbic acid; most mineral ascorbates (i.e. sodiumascorbate)|
|Vitamin D; mixed forms, primarily D3 (food)||Vitamin D1 (isolated); Vitamin D2 (isolated); Vitamin D3 (isolated) ; Vitamin D4; ergosterol (isolated); cholecalciferol (isolated); lumisterol|
|Vitamin E; RRR-alpha-tocopherol (food)||Vitamin E acetate; Mixed tocopherols; all-rac-alpha-tocopherol; d-l–alpha-tocopherol; d-alpha-tocopherol (isolated); dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate; all acetate forms|
|Vitamin H; biotin||All non-yeast or non-rice vegetarian biotin forms|
|Vitamin K; phylloquinone (food)||Vitamin K3; menadione; phytonadione; naphthoquinone; dihydro-vitamin K1|
* Note: This list is not complete and new analogues are being developed all the time. Also the term “(isolated)” means that if the word “food” is not near the name of the substance, it is probably an isolate (normally crystalline in structure) and is not the same as the true vitamin found in food.
Read the label of any supplement to see if the product is truly 100% food. If even one USP vitamin analogue is listed, then the entire product is probably not food (normally it will be less than 5% food). Vitamin analogues are cheap (or not so cheap) imitations of vitamins found in foods.
Beware of any supplement label that says that its vitamins are vegetarian and contain no yeast. This researcher is unaware of any frequently used vegetarian non-yeast way to produce vitamin D or many of the B vitamins, therefore, if a label states that the product “contains no yeast” then in pretty much all cases, this demonstrates that the product is synthetic or contains items so isolated that they should not be considered to be food.
Dr. Theil goes on to to give this example:
No matter how much isolated ascorbic acid one takes orally
- It will never saturate plasma and/or tissue vitamin C levels significantly more than can be obtained by consuming sufficient vitamin C containing foods.
- It will never have negative ORP, thus can never ‘clean-up’ oxidative damage like food vitamin C can.
- It will never have the free radical fighting capacity of food vitamin C.
- It will never contain DHAA (the other ‘half’ of vitamin C) or the promoting food factors.
- It will never have the same effect on health issues, such as aging and cardiovascular disease as high vitamin C foods can.
- It will not ever be utilized the way food vitamin C is.
- It will always be a synthetic.”
So like My Sister Says, “Synthetics is Pathetic”!!!!
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These recommendations are for the reduction of stress only. They are not intended as treatment or prescription for any disease, or as a substitute for regular medical care.