Problems with Vitamins
Problems with Vitamins
Living cells require living food to function well. Just as the food we eat must be unrefined to provide optimum benefit, so too must the nutritional supplements we use be as close to real food as possible. Most food supplements sold are made from either synthetic chemicals or from "isolated" fractions of a whole food. For instance, according to government labeling laws, the legal definition of vitamin C is "ascorbic acid". In truth, ascorbic acid is a single isolated portion of the whole vitamin C complex. In nature, vitamin C always appears as a combination of substances that include bioflavonoids, rutin, and organically bound copper in the form of the enzyme tyrosinase, the activating portion of the C complex. Bioflavonoids and rutin are synergists that keep blood vessels strong and prevent bruising. The ascorbic acid protects these functional parts from oxidation. You would not eat a banana peel instead of a banana. Eating high doses of synthetic or fractional vitamin C equates to that.
Synthetic vitamins don't come from food. For example, Thiamine comes from petroleum or coal tar products which are used to make vitamin B. Eastman Kodak Company supplies almost all supplement companies with synthetic alpha-tocopherol, made from distilled cottonseed oil, to make vitamin E. A large portion of vitamins are synthetic even though they say organic! Did you know that vitamins claiming to be natural only have to be 10% natural to make that claim. While they are the exact molecular formula of the organic nutrient, they contain none of the co-factors required for your body to use them. Your cells are only looking for whole foods, and since these non-nutrients cannot be used in metabolic processes, they are treated as toxins by the body.
"The nutritional industry has turned into a money-grabbing, hustling, lying, cheating scam," reports Judith DeCava C.C.N., L.N.C. Her research shows that only 3 percent of nutrition companies manufacture their own products. Other companies slap on their private labels which frequently contain incorrect information. A few large drug companies such as Merck and Hoffman-LaRoche produce the synthetic vitamins used in the rest of the nutritional supplements found in stores that sell vitamins.
With natural foods and food concentrate, the body can choose to assimilate its need and excrete what it does not need. In contrast, fractionated and synthetic supplements allow no choice. The body must deal with the chemical in some manner and suffer the consequences of biochemical imbalances and toxic overdose.
How can you tell if your vitamin in synthetic? You can drop it in a glass of water and watch it break down. A natural, soluble vitamin will break down within 10-20 minutes. Artificial vitamins sit on the bottom of the glass, releasing coloring, dyes, or shellac. Another way is to look at the color of your urine. Synthetic vitamins, especially the B complex, make your urine yellow.
We use a method called, Nutritional Response Testing. We will give you a complimentary test to see if your supplements are natural and are doing the job that they were meant to do to help restore your health and well-being.
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About the writer: Dr. Linda Solomon
Dr. Linda Solomon D.C., CCWFN works at TLC Holistic Wellness in Livonia. She has provided holistic and nutritional recommendations using live water, diet & whole food supplements for 29 years as a practicing chiropractor,certified clinical whole food nutritionist and wellness consultant.