I’d like to share with you Dr. Mercola’s recent post on Synthetic vitamins. I’ll post some comments following his post. Pay close attention and decide if you what you’re currently taking is causing you more harm than good.
WHEN NOT TO TAKE YOUR VITAMINS by Dr. Mercola
If you’re currently taking or considering taking a multivitamin with a recommended serving size of only one pill a day, you’re pretty much wasting your time.
Producers of multivitamins have come up with some pretty amazing ways to compress natural nutrients, but not to this extreme… not down to where a single tablet provides you the vitamin and mineral levels you need.
And speaking of minerals, many producers of one-a-days don’t even bother including essential minerals like potassium or magnesium, or even calcium in adequate enough amounts to really make a difference.
What about other nutrients from natural sources like vegetables, fruits, and herbs? Shouldn’t they be blended into your multi as well? I certainly think so.
But it’s also vitally important to know when to take your multivitamin.You should take a few multi tablets first thing in the morning and with lunch, or with an early dinner to help optimize your nutrient absorption, the better chance you’ll have of truly fortifying your diet.
Before we jump further into all the natural nutrients I believe should go into a multi, let’s first take a closer look at why all multivitamins are not created equal.
Some may in fact, negatively impact your health in such a way they should be flushed down the toilet.
Why You Should Avoid Synthetic Isolates Like the Plague…
In my opinion, if you shop for your supplements at discount stores you may be seriously shortchanging yourself because those products typically use cheap synthetic isolates.
Millions gorge themselves on synthetic vitamins, only to acquire and die from degenerative diseases.
You see, isolated vitamins are partial vitamins, combined with other chemicals. They’re a low-end alternative to whole, real complete food.
When you remove a part from the whole, you get ‘Synthetic,’ ‘Isolated,’ or ‘Fractionated’ pieces of the whole, but it’s simply not the same.
There are four problems with synthetic vitamins…
- Nature intended for you to consume food in WHOLE form because all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes are together in one package. They work synergistically to give your body the nutrition it requires for optimal health.
- Your body only absorbs a small percentage of an isolate form of vitamins and minerals – and it utilizes even less. You get the best bioavailability in whole food form.
- Synthetic vitamins often give you massive quantities of some nutrients (usually the most inexpensive ones) and insufficient quantities of others, not balance.
- You can experience side effects of synthetic isolates from the additives and the unnatural state of the synthetic supplement.
You’ve heard me say it before… Fast food and a sedentary lifestyle can be a disaster for your health.
Don’t let your multivitamin add to the collateral damage.
In fact, you want to be sure it makes a real and significant contribution to your health, especially if you’ve already adopted healthy lifestyle practices.
After all, I’m quite sure you’re one of the nearly 100% of the human race who wants to feel on top of the world…. All the time.
Who in the World Doesn’t Want to Feel Great All the Time?
Because face it – everybody wants to feel well all the time, don’t they?
There’s no better time to get started than right now then, is there? The beginning of 2010 – all those goals you set for a healthier new year…
Now is the time to start moving toward a healthier diet and lifestyle. Start today, by adding just one raw vegetable per day to your diet… a small, do-able step toward your better health.
Why Make These Changes Today?
Excellent question — and one you deserve an answer to…Because today is the first day of the rest of your life! Why wait?
Ideally it is best to receive all your nutrition from high quality unprocessed foods. Unfortunately, if you’re like most people, you may find it impractical or impossible to eat right one hundred percent of the time.
Therefore, even when you take the steps of adding raw veggies to your diet and getting some exercise and vitamin D, you still might want to hedge your bets by supplementing with a quality multivitamin every day – just to be sure.
What Can a Multivitamin Do for You?
While I cannot endorse the practice of sloppy eating and a sedentary lifestyle while taking a supplement to cover for reckless lifestyle choices…
It is true that multivitamins do help promote your optimal health and strong immune system, providing support for defense against a growing number of health concerns*. At least some of them do. More on that in a moment…
Taking pro-active steps, including taking a multivitamin to help maintain and boost good health and wellness is still one of the best things you can do for yourself and your health*…
Especially if you’re already adhering to a smart lifestyle with a healthy diet, exercise, adequate sunshine and good sleep.
Why Not Just Eat All-Natural Whole Foods?
So, in recommending a high-quality multivitamin, please remember that these nutritional supplements complement the food you eat. They do not take the place of a healthful diet of unprocessed organic foods, which I believe is still the best physical factor for you to achieve optimal nutrition.
However, accessing and eating high quality foods regularly may be a personal challenge for you and your family. Your busy schedule may lead you to cook healthy whole food less than you know you should — and eat “fast food” more.
Even if you do well with your diet choices, another factor involves the actual food supply itself.
Up to 50% of the Nutrient Value of Your Food May be Lost from the Start
A number of carefully controlled studies have provided startling evidence that by the time the food reaches your table, serious nutrient content could already be lost.
Some estimates report the nutrient value lost at over 50%!
This is largely the result of conventional farming methods that rely heavily on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which deplete the soil of nutrients… nutrients that must be absorbed by plants in order to be passed on to you.
And it does not necessarily end there.
In many cases, it’s likely you unknowingly further deplete the nutrients in your food — just by the way you prepare it. For most food, cooking it will seriously impair its nutritional value.
So, realizing that you cannot always obtain the whole unprocessed foods you need — and knowing how easy it is for valuable nutrients to be destroyed — you now know why I believe adding a good multivitamin to complement your diet is a sound move.
Why Settle For Inferior Quality?
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of high-potency multivitamins on the market today… but there are only a few great ones out there. If you are convinced of the importance of using a multivitamin, then I would strongly encourage you to do your homework, and make sure a GREAT company produced it.
When I first started my investigation, I was absolutely shocked at the low quality demonstrated by so many companies. That’s why I spent many long months of hard effort to research and identify what I believe is the absolute best supplement manufacturer in the U.S. today.
My family and I have been committed to Shaklee vitamins because we trust the purity and quality they provide us! I’ve recently posted a blog on The Shaklee Difference outlining all the studies and careful research that goes into their products. Also, you can look at what my own family takes each day, and how we feel GREAT!
My good friend Jenni Oates, at HealthyOates, posted a blog about an experiment she tried recently. She took an old prenatal vitamin and placed it in a cup to see if it would dissolve. It was supposed to dissolved in 15 minutes or less or it passes right through you undigested. The other option is that it can get lodged in tissue and in organs because it is synthetic. This causes them to be toxic to our bodies.
So after 24 hours in a cup of water and NOTHING, they dumped the water out of the cup, left it on the counter and forgot about it. They came back the next morning, and WA-LA!! The prenatal had EATEN A HOLE IN THE PLASTIC CUP!!! This is so scary. Just to think this is what our doctors are ordering for us, and the babies growing inside you.
Vita Lea, Shaklee’s Multivitamin, dissolves completely in water in less than 5 minutes. It looks like a pile of dust at the bottom of the glass of water and leaves no food coloring in the water because it gets its green color from vegetables.
Test your vitamins and see what it does! Does it dissolve in under 15
minutes? Does it leave food coloring or black, tarry particles in the cup? If it does, check out the 3 types of vitamins to see which one yours might be!
Be informed about what you’re putting in your body. It may be wiser to not take ANY multivitamin, than to take something causing you this much harm.