The need to supplement our diet with vitamins has never been so great. The food we eat today is not the same that was eaten 50-100 years ago. Our soil is so depleted that our farm crops depend on the chemical fertilizers to grow; making our food devoid of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and trace minerals we need for survive and to stay healthy. This is why eating a balanced diet is no longer enough and why we have to compensate for the loss of "value" in our food with vitamins and supplements.
Knowing that not all vitamins are made equal, I made sure to know about vitamin quality and researched what companies produce supplementation with truly natural ingredients. I only carry high quality products for both safety but also efficacy. I hope the information below clear some of the confusion and help you make better choices.
Dietary supplements, often referred to as just supplements can contain a combination of vitamins, minerals, trace-minerals and phytonutrients. Congress actually created the definition of a dietary supplement back in 1994 with a special act called the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. And under that act, dietary supplements include things like herbs, but also high-dose vitamins, amino acids, and even some hormones like melatonin. So it's a very broad range of different substances that fall under this category of dietary supplements.
Whole Food Based Vitamins
Very few vitamins that you buy are totally natural. Why? Quite simply, cost. Direct extraction of vitamins from foods is prohibitively expensive. For example, acerola cherries, the best natural source of vitamin C, contain only 1 percent of vitamin C weight. Most supplements that list acerola cherries as their vitamin C source contain a small percentage of vitamin C from the cherries - the rest is synthesized vitamin C.
Vitamins as mentioned above are found in nature as groups of chemically related compounds. There is a part of this complex that can be isolated and sold as that vitamin. Examples are ascorbic acid sold as vitamin C and tocopherols sold as vitamin E.
Synthetic vitamins can be derived from either natural or chemical sources. What makes them synthetic is that they undergo a process of "conversion," either as a result of the extraction process or as the result of pure chemical buildup. Synthetics are, at best, about 50% as effective as natural vitamins and may actually suppress the body's ability to absorb the natural portion of the vitamin.
Many commercial-grade vitamins and minerals found in health food stores are synthesized by the large pharmaceutical and chemical companies from the same starting material that they make their drugs from: coal, tar, wood pulp, petroleum products, animal byproducts, waste and fecal matter, ground rocks, stones, shells, and metal.
Synthetic versions of vitamins contain chemical compounds that were not meant for human consumption and do not occur in nature.
One more thing... organic supplements are not the same as organic foods!
Another confusing thing is that the term organic, when applied to supplements, does not mean the same thing as it does with food. For supplements, the word organic simply means that the molecules contain at least one carbon atom (as in organic chemistry). In other words, a supplement can be labeled 100% organic and not be natural at all.
Whole Food Based Vitamins
We know choosing the right vitamins can be confusing, so we created some tips for buying quality, safe vitamins to make it easier for you.
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Recipe of the Month
Beet & Feta Salad
4 cups spring mix salad (or your choice of lettuce/greens)
1 cup raw beets, thinly sliced into sheets
1 cup cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup feta cheese (preferably goat)
Assemble all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add salt & pepper to taste. Toss well. Divide salad onto plates and top with parsley. Serve as a side or top with protein like chopped chicken, steak, or hard boiled eggs for a complete meal!