Natural vs Synthetic Vitamins & Supplements
Posted on Mar 10, 2021
We are all doing our best to keep our immune systems strong during this COVID pandemic. Currently, nearly 70% of the US population is taking synthetic vitamins and supplements because they believe it is the answer to staying healthy. Dietary supplements is a $35 billion industry and 90% of vitamins on the shelves are synthetic!
There has been much debate over whether synthetic nutrients provide the same benefits as natural nutrients. It is still unclear how well synthetic nutrients are absorbed and used in the body. But it is well established scientifically, that our bodies will use nutrients best when taken in whole food form, with a wide variety of food compounds.
Here’s the difference between natural and synthetic nutrients:
- Natural nutrients: These are obtained from whole food sources in the diet.
- Synthetic nutrients: Also referred to as isolated nutrients, these are usually made artificially, in a laboratory setting or industrial process. Synthetic nutrients do not include “whole food supplements,” which are made from concentrated, dehydrated whole foods.
The majority of supplements available on the market today are made artificially. These include vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids, among others. Coal tar, ammonia, acetone, and hydrochloric acid are commonly used in their manufacturing process.
To figure out if your supplement is synthetic or natural, check the label. Natural supplements usually list food sources or are labeled as 100% plant or animal-based. Synthetics will be listed by their chemical name.
Some research even suggests that synthetic nutrients may be dangerous, especially in higher doses and used over long periods of time. For example:
- Natural Vitamin A (Fish Oils, Orange/Yellow Fruits & Veggies) can improve organ tissue healing, eyesight, and support healthy bone growth and strong immune system.
- Synthetic Vitamin A (Acetate, Palmitate) can lead to yellowish palms, headaches, liver damage and even coma.
Another thing to consider: You may have an underlying health condition that makes it difficult to get the full benefit of a vitamin/supplement. For example, if you are bloated or burping after taking fish oils, it is a sign that your body is struggling to break down fats, and that you may have liver/gall bladder congestion. This congestion needs to be cleared before taking fish oils. If you don’t do this, even taking good, natural Vitamin D (fish oils) won’t benefit you.
Now is a good time to review the vitamins/supplements you are currently taking. You are welcome to call and make an appointment so I can help you determine which ones are helpful or harmful to your unique health condition. You will save lots of money spent on the wrong vitamins/supplements and find out which ones you truly need to support your health.
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