Whole Food Supplementation Part 1

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Oct 13th, 2010
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There are three supplements I recommend and personally take every day in order to maintain good health. These supplements don’t include ones you may need to take for personal health issues, just those which I believe are essential to achieve and maintain good health; one of those is whole food supplementation.

Because synthetic vitamins have been around for years now, and there is so much advertising and marketing behind why we ‘need’ to take certain multi-vitamins, or isolated vitamins, it makes it extremely hard to break that barrier and be knowledgeable in any other area of supplementation apart from what is ‘so-called’ good for us because of what we are told through advertising, or what someone has been told through advertising.

When I was younger, I believed in supplementation through isolated form, in-fact I thought the more the better, which was an extremely uneducated choice I later learned. I use to take more than the recommended dosage on the container of a multivitamin every day, and top that off with additional vitamin C (more than recommended) and vitamin E, and most likely some other fad vitamin I had heard about and decided to take.

I’m not the only one who has been/is caught up in this ‘way’ of life, if you will call it that. A way of life because people, at the end of the day, do not want to get sick and will do what they can to prevent illness. If you are currently taking a supplement of this nature it’s a sign that you are on the right track, because you are acknowledging that you are aware that you aren’t getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet alone. So let’s get some good education in there to make sure you are making a well educated choice on what you are putting into your body before you pop another pill.

Firstly, lets understand that synthetic vitamins, or a multivitamin will have around 20-40 vitamins and minerals, one apple has over 10,000! It’s not the amount of one single vitamin or mineral that’s good for us, it’s the synergy of many vitamins and minerals that work together, because the factors that influence absorption of a nutrient doesn’t come down to only having the one nutrient itself, it’s the interaction with other nutrients which all work in synergy together. I’m not saying vitamin supplements don’t work at all, if you are deficient or chronically sick you will most likely get good benefits and improved health. At the end of the day though, man can never duplicate nature perfectly, especially when there are so many vitamins, minerals, phyto-chemicals and enzymes that aren’t even known yet.

There’s an book by Judith DeCava (M.S, LNC) called, ‘Biochemistry of Foods and Supplements’, and it is stated “To isolate or separate a vitamin, mineral, amino acid or other component and call it a nutrient is just as impractical as isolating a steering wheel, battery, or carburetor and calling it an automobile. It won’t work without the other parts.”

Isolated vitamins will appear larger and have a crystalline appearance compared to vitamins found in food sources, which have a more rounded and smaller shape. Scientists know that particle size is an important factor in determining its absorbability, and if your body isn’t deficient in the certain vitamin/mineral you are putting into it, it’s not going to recognise the similarities between both the isolated vitamin and natural vitamin, which it’s designed to absorb for the reason that it doesn’t look the same.

Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone really understands how these isolated vitamins/minerals are made, unless your vitamins say ‘Vitamin C from oranges’ you probably don’t know… this is what I have come to understand:

  • All organic living matter is made of carbon atoms. Petroleum and coal tar are also carbon atoms and they are commonly used to reconstruct a vitamin molecule chemically.
  • Synthetic Vitamin E involves manufacturing processes from turpentine, acetone and acetylin.
  • Many of the B vitamins are made from coal tar.
  • Virtually all of the synthetic beta-carotene found on the market is made from an isolated compound of acetylene gas.
  • Vitamin A may be synthesized from acetone, and vitamin C from keto acid or sorbitol.
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is manufactured out of sorbitol (sugar) that is fermented into sorbitose. Then acetone (chemical solvent) and perchloric acid (rocket fuel) are added as catalysts. Benzene (a potent carcinogen), bleach, and glue solvents used in paints are part of the manufacturing process. These toxic chemicals are filtered and the final product is processed and sold to vitamin manufacturers, cereal companies and soft drink factories.

Another thing is the binders and filler used to keep everything compacted into a tablet. There are lots of things companies use as binders and fillers, one which I’m aware of is calcium bicarbonate = chalk. The percentages of binders and fillers obviously vary between companies, I’m pretty certain that a good average is 25% of a vitamin tablet is made up of binders and fillers. The cheaper the product, the less effort has gone into it’s make up.

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