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How to Tell If Your Vitamins are Synthetic











How to Tell If Your Vitamins are Synthetic

In my blog Vitamins are Whole not Isolated (see December 23rd) I talked about how vitamins are not isolated molecules but are naturally occurring whole biochemical compounds known as VITAMIN COMPLEXES. VITAMIN COMPLEXES have multiple segments to them and should always be consumed in their whole form via whole, organic, raw, real food and/or whole food supplements. 

Whole food supplements are made from organic food grown in organic soil with minimal processing. This means exactly what it sounds like: no chemicals, no synthetic fertilizers, no fungicides, clean water and soil, no heat treating and nothing artificial added in the production. 

If the supplements you are using are not made from whole organic foods then they are most likely synthetic and/or crystalline. Crystalline vitamins are vitamin isolates taken from a real food source but chemicals were used to retrieve it. Synthetic vitamins are fabricated versions of crystalline vitamins that were made in a lab.

Both versions of these types of vitamins are useless, are toxic to the body and can make a nutritional deficiency worse by depleting the body of the naturally occurring vitamin synergists.

Whole, organic, raw, real food should always be your first choice, but if you decide to use supplements to complement your diet you should know how to tell the difference between whole food supplements and synthetic/crystalline supplements. 

Whole food supplements will have the vitamin labeled as a food source. Synthetic supplements will have the vitamin isolate name. For example, B1 in a whole food supplement will come from brewers yeast. B1 or Thiamine Mononitrate in a synthetic supplement is the chemical isolate from the VITAMIN B COMPLEX. Real vitamin E comes from wheat germ. Synthetic vitamin E will say D-Alpha Tocopherol. Thiamine mononitrate by the way is chemically synthesized from coal tar. Yuck!!!

The potencies on whole food supplements are very small. The potencies on synthetic supplements are very large. The potency of real vitamin B will be in the 5 to 20mg range; where as the potency of synthetic vitamin B will be in the 50 to 100mg range. Vitamin complexes are more effective as a whole so the body doesn't need much. You need a higher dosage in a synthetic supplement because that is the only way a vitamin isolate will work or more accurately forced to work in the body, which it doesn't in the end. 

A whole food supplement will disintegrate in water within 10 to 20mins. A synthetic vitamin will not and if it does it is the artificial coloring dissolving in the water. 

Synthetic supplements can turn your urine yellow and your urine can even smell like the synthetic vitamin. Gives new meaning to peeing your money away. Whole food supplements don't have that reaction to urine. 

Whole food supplements usually have an expiration date on the bottle somewhere. Synthetic supplements don't have expiration dates. They don't need an expiration date because they were made to last, forever in most cases. The longer they sit on the shelf the more money those companies make. The fact that food spoils is good. It's real!!!

Whole food and whole food supplements nourish the body and balance the chemistry. Synthetic supplements disrupt the natural chemistry of the body and lead to nutritional deficiencies, malnutrition and eventually disease. 

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