Food Sourced Supplements
By now, most of us realize that dietary supplements are no longer a luxury item. They are mandatory for achieving and maintaining optimal health. What most people might not know, however, is that if they are taking supplements whose nutrients are derived from synthetic sources, they’d do better to just dump them down the drain, as that’s where they’re headed anyhow. Our bodies are not designed to recognize synthetic nutrients. Thus most of what’s in your typical multivitamin pass through the body unutilized. What’s worse is that these synthetic nutrients put a toxic strain on your liver and kidneys. A Harvard study of over 22,000 Physicians reported no benefit to synthetic vitamins while other studies report toxicity and serious side effects (1).
Ever hear someone say multi-vitamins upset their stomach? That's probably because they are taking a multi whose components are largely synthetic. Plant-based supplements don't cause stomach upset as our bodies recognize them as food.
Have you ever heard someone say that taking vitamins upsets their stomach? Synthetic nutrients are often sourced from petroleum and charcoal tar derivatives. It makes sense that petroleum and charcoal would upset someone’s stomach, as these are not food. Charcoal and petroleum are all well and good if you were looking for products for your vehicle or your barbecue but if you care about your kidneys, liver, and gallbladder this is bad news. These toxic synthetics can’t be used by our cells but they may do damage. Our cells are designed to take in nutrients from food, not from synthetic chemicals. In addition, some research is indicating that synthetic vitamins may actually cause nutritional deficiencies! One such study was printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (February 2007). The study found an increased death risk when synthetic vitamins were taken with the hope of improving health or preventing nutritional deficiencies.
It is important to check the nutritional labels on dietary supplements to ensure that their elements are sourced from plants and food. Synthetic nutrients can do more harm to our bodies than good.
As consumers become more aware of the dangers of synthetic vitamins and nutrients, supplement companies are starting to add “whole food” components to their supplements. “Whole food” and “natural” claims can be very misleading. According to the Organic Consumers Association,
"90% or more of the vitamins and supplements now on the market labeled as ‘natural’ or ‘food based’ are spiked with synthetic chemicals."
When you are reading a supplement label be sure that there is a food and/or plant source listed for each nutrient. If a nutrient has no source listed on the label, it is likely synthetic.
In 1951 a woman would have had to eat only two peaches to get her RDA of vitamin A. Due to unsustainable farming practices, the erosion of topsoil, and unripe harvesting practices, that same woman today would have to eat 53 peaches to get her RDA of vitamin A.
For over a century commercial farming practices in the U.S. and worldwide, have depleted the Earth’s topsoil, which is how a plant sources the trace minerals and elements necessary for providing a complete nutritional profile. "Two peaches would have supplied the current Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamin A for adult Women in 1951. Today, a woman would have to eat almost 53 peaches to meet her daily requirements” What’s worse is even if that woman were to eat those 53 peaches in one day, chances are they were picked green from the tree and then gassed to look ripe in the truck on the way to the grocery store. It is during the last 48-72 hours of a plant’s complete growth cycle that a comprehensive phytonutrient profile is created within the finished product (i.e what gets harvested). This is the definition of vine ripened food and it is how fruits and vegetables are meant to be eaten. Unfortunately most of us do not have access to vine-ripened fruits and vegetables on a day- to-day basis.
Eating local, organic produce is a huge step in the right direction. The USDA is currently suggesting that we eat an average of 11 servings of fresh produce each day. Who really eats 330 servings of fruits and veggies per month? The fact is micronutrients are so critical to our health and wellness we can’t leave actually getting them in our diet up to chance. We must supplement and we must supplement only with products that source real food nutrients at nutritionally effective, standardized levels.
It is my professional mission in life to inform and empower as many people as possible about the drastic difference between synthetic and truly whole food sourced nutrients. The fact that synthetic supplements actually cause nutrient depletion is a frightening one. Millions of people each day faithfully take products they have been lead to believe will help increase their wellness when sadly they are robbing their bodies of critical nutrients. I never tire of the calls, texts, and emails I get from my clients once they have felt the nourishing power of nutrition that way nature intended. We simply can’t do better until we know better. Knowledge isn’t power. Knowledge and organized action is power.
Jake Petrykowski (a.k.a "Coach Petro") has been a trusted nutrition and wellness coach for 25 years.
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