I have recently been getting a lot of visitors to my site searching for information about the difference between synthetic and natural vitamins. There are so many doubts about what synthetic can do for you. Not just because of how a lab may make them, but also because of how they are packaged and delivered. One thing is certain, if you can get your vitamins from natural supplements or from your diet your are much better off. I will finding some quotes about this topic and I will be telling you a bit about the author and his/her background when I get the quotes. Take that into consideration when you read what they have to say.
Vitamin tablets typically contain a variety of fillers and while some of them are just pulchritudinous for you, you do need to be on the look exterior for others, or the risk of overdoing them. Soybean oil is a very common filler and very unhealthy filler found most often in gelcaps. Soybean oil can actually do more harm than the good of the vitamin because it is very high in trans fats ( these are the bad fats ) and can cause all sorts of heart problems as well being obesity. Another unnecessary filler to be on the lookout for is artificial color. Artificial colors have proven to be carcinogenic and many people are allergic to them too. Quote by Garland Choate, health enthusiast and former airline pilot.
The difference in quality (natural vs synthetic) is due to dosage amount, synthetic verses natural, and the range of ingredients. Synthetic vitamins are typically cheap, and typically sold in the supermarket. They typically lack the necessary molecular structure of the natural version which goes unrecognized by the body and are unlikely to improve the body’s cells.
A number of studies have had the aim of showing the impotency of vitamins — that vitamins are bad for you, that they have no effect. However the vitamins in question were in the main synthetic vitamins category. This is particularly the case as Mike Adams points out with Vitamin E studies conducted over 20 years. The aim was to discredit the vitamin and they used synthetic Vitamin E to prove it.
Adams points out in this article that the aim of the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) is to warn people about the dangers of synthetic vitamins — they can harm you or they have no effect. So not only do we have anecdotal evidence about the quality and efficacy of synthetic vitamins but now we have the apparent scientific evidence.
Studies involving Vitamin E have typically used a synthetic chemical which has a different molecular structure to the natural Vitamin E. Adams mentions that this has led to debate over safe dosage levels and about the benefits of taking antioxidants at all (3). At no time was there clarity about what was actually studied — synthetic or natural. This means that people could have been mislead and scared off from taking the natural Vitamin E.
Organic Consumers (www.organicconsumers.org) warns people against synthetic vitamins particularly; fat-soluble ones as these build up in the fat tissues, fat deposits and the liver. In addition they warn that the base of the synthetics can consist of petrochemical derivatives, nicotine and coal tars (by-products of coal).
Byron Richards points out what to look for when buying vitamins and says that it depends on the vitamin. In Vitamin B what is necessary are co-enzymes. His two part article is well worth reading. (www.naturalnews.com/023169.html)
With the price of groceries increasing, you may be considering a change in vitamin brands. First ask yourself whether the product is natural or synthetic. If it is natural, consider the dosage range and amount, and compare.
Lynn Berry – Lynn is not in the medical field by does a nice job of using references.
Stay stuned. I will continue to find articles that may be of help to understand the difference between natural and synthetic supplements.
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