Are You Wasting Your Money on Synthetic Vitamins? By Heidi Dulay, Ed.D., N.C.
I f you’re one of the millions of Americans who take vitamins everyday, you may not be getting what you think – Chances are you’re taking a synthetic vitamin, like most everyone else is. And that’s the problem – 90% of synthetic vitamins pass right through you! That’s why people joke about Americans having the most expensive urine in the world. But for some people it’s not funny. Studies show that synthetic vitamins might even be harmful.
3 Studies #1. Study using synthetic beta carotene and Vitamin E halted. 29,000 male smokers were given synthetic beta carotene and synthetic Vitamin E. The study was stopped when rates of lung cancer, heart attacks and death increased. - New England Journal of Medicine, 1994
#2. Birth defects increased for women on synthetic supplements 22,000 pregnant women were given synthetic Vitamin A. The study was halted because birth defects increased 400%. - New England Journal of Medicine, 1995 #3. Men get thickened arteries on synthetic supplements. Men who took 500 mg of synthetic Vitamin C daily over 18 months showed signs of thickening of the arteries. - Reuters Health, March, 2000
Zoltan P. Rona, M.D., says that while a healthy person will not drop dead immediately after ingesting synthetic supplements, "the long-term consequences of continuous, daily intakes are potentially dangerous." Reactions include fatigue, memory loss, depression, insomnia and potential liver disorders.
Why would makers of health products let this happen? Well, maybe they got carried away with concerns about shelf life, the look and taste of products, machine requirements, and manufacturing costs. Whatever the reasons, it appears that synthetic vitamins are mostly useless and might even be risky.
How to Tell if Your Vitamins Contain Synthetic Ingredients Check the label for the names of the ingredients Look for “Ingredients” listing. (You may need a magnifying glass ) •
A vitamin or mineral is synthetic if: only its name appears, with no plant source. “Vitamin C” or “Ascorbic acid” – those are synthetic Vitamin C.
It is not synthetic if: the vitamin/mineral is listed with its whole food source. “Vitamin C (from camucamu fruit)” says that you’re getting the whole fruit, not just the isolated vitamin made in a lab.
You might also find weird ingredients in synthetic supplements.
Check the label for weird ingredients •
Artificial colors, like FD&C blue #2 Lake, or FD&C Red 40
Preservatives: benzoates (eg, sodium benzoate), nitrites (eg, sodium nitrite), sulphites (eg, sulphur dioxide), sorbates (eg, potassium sorbate), etc.
Additives: Dextrose, sucrose, starch, etc
A solution There’s a new class of supplements called “whole food supplements” – single whole food vitamins (like Vitamin C from rose hips or camucamu), or whole food multis. The ingredients in whole food supplements are primarily concentrated forms of the vegetables, fruits, herbs or spices, known to be rich sources of vitamins and other known nutrients. They usually do not contain artificial colors, preservatives and other toxic additives. Whole food ingredients naturally contain the hundreds of “cofactors” (other nutrients) the body needs to absorb vitamins. When cofactors are missing, as they are in synthetic vitamins, the body may treat the vitamin as a foreign substance and eliminate it, or it may take the needed cofactors from its own organs, bones, muscles and other tissue.
Over time, this depletes the body, causing disease and
degeneration. Whole food supplements solve these problems while providing vitamins the body can absorb.
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Here are whole food multis we have developed – The Pops: Pop A Purple and Pop A Green. --------Shane: 1- The sign-up box for the WFN Bulletin is the same code as the sign-up box for Kim Klaver’s Bulletins on Kim’s blog (top left side). Kim talked with Constant Contact and they said she had to use the same box. We’ll use it until we can get the new site running. 2- Please break the article up into pages with a “Continue” button at the end of each page. The last page should include the sign-up box for the Bulletin and the link to the Pops. 3- Please add the text below to the Dr. Veggie link in the Press section http://www.stayingalivepress.com/drveggie.php. The reader goes to it when they click on by Heidi Dulay… at the top of page 1 of this paper. The text could go under the graphic. Dr. Heidi’s ongoing quest for all things healthy started with two personal battles – living down an embarrassing childhood nickname “Walking Ball”, and battling cervical cancer in her early thirties. Now, more than 20 years later, she’s in peak health and lives to spread the word. Dr. Heidi teaches Comparative Dietary Approaches, a core course in the Masters Program in Nutrition at John F Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, California. She leads product development for Whole Food Nation, and guides clients with her Little Spa programs in nutrition and holistic health. She holds advanced nutrition certifications from Bauman College, a Master of Science from Stanford, and a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard.