Synthetic vs. Whole Food Vitamins

The difference between synthetic vitamins and whole food vitamins is, essentially, the difference between something that’s living and something that’s dead. Don’t be fooled when the word “natural” is used on a label. It has no specific definition other than the substance can be found somewhere in the universe.
The words to look for are “Whole Food Vitamins”. This means vitamins as they are found in food that was delivered by Mother Nature. They are untampered with in any way that would change their molecular structure, their biological or biochemical combination, or their actions.
Remember, vitamins in their natural state always exist as living complexes with specific synergistic co-factors, enzymes, phytonutrients and organic mineral activators, and never as isolated single factors. A vitamin needs all of its synergists to function. There are literally hundreds of such synergists, many of which have yet to be identified, but are critical to obtaining the full benefit of a vitamin. Organic food sources are preferred since they are more nutrient-dense and contain no pesticide or herbicide residues.
Frequently the word CRYSTALLINE is seen on a label. It means a natural food has been treated with various chemicals, solvents, heat and distillations to reduce it down to one specific crystalline vitamin. In this process all of the synergists are destroyed. There is no longer anything natural in the action of crystalline “vitamins”. They should actually be called drugs.
SYNTHETIC means that chemists attempt to reconstruct the exact structure of the crystalline molecule by chemically combining molecules from other sources. These sources are not living foods, but dead chemicals from sources like coal tar derivatives, byproducts from manufacturing and more. It is not legally necessary to give the source of these chemicals used in the production of the synthetic “vitamin”. This is another close cousin to a drug. Whole-food supplements don’t come in high dosages. It is only possible to create high-dosage “vitamins” if you isolate one fraction of the vitamin complex as in crystalline, or to synthesize one fraction as in synthetics.
We have been hoodwinked into believing that large quantities of dead chemicals are more nutritionally potent than smaller amounts of high-quality living compounds. Smaller amounts of whole-food natural vitamins, with all of their naturally occurring synergists, are far more potent than high doses of synthetic imitation “vitamins”.
Our bodies run on genuine nutrition and repair and rebuild on the component parts of that nutrition.

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