If you’re a health conscious person, you either have or have considered taking vitamins and some sort of other supplement at one time or another. Surely a basic multivitamin, or some extra calcium and Vitamin D will help you attain maximum health while living your busy life? And sometimes our food choices (our own or by outside forces, to be fair) are less than stellar, and this is “extra help” – isn’t it?
Well, if you closer at the ingredients and labels on the bottle, you may find out otherwise. As in other industries, companies use fillers and additives that improve their products’ processing, appearance, shelf-life and potency (bio-availability) for your digestive convenience.
The “easy” items to spot are hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oil (mostly soy) and artificial colors. We all have heard about these two and their un-healthy effects. But what about the rest of those ingredients?
Look for “dl” -prefixes. This indicates it is the synthetic version of the vitamin (Vitamin E from a lab is dl-alpha tocopherol.
Ingredients ending with -ate or -ide indicate these are also of synthesized origin. They are used to increase stability and potency of the vitamins (nitrate, sodium ascorbate, acetate, sodium benzoate, chloride, hydrochloride, silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, the list goes on…)
Obviously, but one of those things you might not think of, is that if the vitamin name itself is listed, it is synthetic. Check the ingredients list for the food sources, and not “chemical names” (Citrus, not Vitamin C; Parsley, not Vitamin K).
The product label itself is your first clue. If it reads “Natural”, the manufacturer only has to have 10% of ingredients from a natural food source. Look for statements like “100% animal – plant based” or “100 % Natural” .
It’s known that the body will digest and absorb either forms of vitamins equally. But it’s also been shown that the overload of synthetic vitamins that are in the supplements today, are eliminate by the body and so the “expensive urine” syndrome begins! Also, other studies are seeing that when exposed to excessive vitamin environment, our bodies become used to that eventually less receptive to vitamin absorption. (Sound familiar? Think insulin!)
Eating high-quality, fresh and local foods is the best way to boost your health, maintain proper body functions and help prevent disease. So, check your labels and ingredient lists. Dump those that are using the synthetics and check around for whole food natural vitamin supplements.
There are so many organic and whole food vitamin companies on-line. Where to begin!? The sensible choice for me, is going to be visiting a few local health food stores and talking to someone there and asking some questions first! As with all things, there is something for everyone’s individual needs and budget.
****As a follow up, just read this article from Dr.Axe.com : http://www.draxe.com/your-supplements-could-be-made-of-shower-scum/?utm_source=DrAxe.com+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d7fe72417c-Your+Supplements+Could+Be+Made+of+Shower+Scum&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c497e2bf69-d7fe72417c-276372289&mc_cid=d7fe72417c&mc_eid=8d08bf607c
E. Mindell, New Vitamin Bible (available on amazon)