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Why is natural better?


Why are organic, "really natural" nutritional supplements the only ones you should take?


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And what is an organic, "really natural" nutritional supple- All mass marketed nutritional supplements are basically the


same. Vitamins, minerals and protein supplements can be pur- chased at your local supermarket, your local drugstore as well as at health food stores.


If you’re like me, you may have thought that the protein, vita- mins and minerals and other nutritional supplements found in the health food stores were better or were higher quality. Or maybe you've just assumed that the ones in the supermarket or drugstore are just as good as the ones in health food stores. Well, if you assumed the latter you were right. The bigger issue is that neither of them are good for you, especially over the long term. I'll explain why in the rest of the article. More than 95 percent of the protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that you can buy at "health food" stores and close to 100 percent of those sold in other stores are now made by the same few pharmaceutical and chemical companies who supply them to most all the nutritional supplement companies in the US and abroad.


People are seeking health and wellness from natural sources rather than from pharmaceutical drugs as evidenced by the global vitamin and supplement market growing to $68 billion according to research from Euromonitor. With profit stakes so high, it's no wonder that drug companies are quietly taking over the nutrition business to profit from that growing market (protecting their profits) and are now manufac- turing, once pure and natural nutritional supplements, into so called "nutraceuticals", which is a clever word for combining nutrition and pharmaceutical. What these companies mostly manufacture is a synthetic supplement version of vitamins, min- erals and other nutrients. Synthetic supplements are made in a laboratory and are far cheaper than whole food concentrates. But what most people don't realize is that synthetic vitamins and minerals are not true and complete vitamins and minerals as would be supplied by good organically-grown whole foods. Synthetics attempt to copy, in a laboratory, the molecular structure of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients as they occur in nature. Even though the molecular structure appears to be the same, however, the actual molecular construction process is not (and never will be) identical. Laboratories can not repro- duce, for example the vitamin C the same way the orange tree’s plant metabolism creates it; and the same is true for all the other synthetic replicas that comes out of a lab. To make their synthetic supplement products laboratories use a variety of questionable substances that in my opinion should be avoided. All "Natural" Vitamin and Minerals are Biological Complexes and Shouldn't be Isolated Vitamins are not individual molecular compounds. Vitamins are biological complexes. They are multi-step biochemical inter- actions whose action is dependent upon a number of variables within the biological terrain. Vitamin activity only takes place when all conditions are met within that environment, and when all co-factors and components of the entire vitamin complex are present and working together. Vitamin activity is even more than the sum of all those parts; it also involves timing. Vitamins cannot be isolated from their complexes and still perform their specific life functions within the cells. When isolat-


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ed into artificial commercial forms, like ascorbic acid, these puri- fied synthetics act as drugs in the body. They are no longer vita- mins and the body considers them toxic and tries to rid the body of them.


Let's look at Vitamin C as an example. Many people buy


Vitamin C as ascorbic acid, but ascorbic acid is not Vitamin C and in fact taken by itself can be quite irritating to the lining of the digestive tract. Complete Vitamin C is composed of many co-factors such as rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, Tyrosinase, Ascorbinogen, ascorbic acid and other components. Each of these is vital to the complete biological activity that enables Vitamin C to function fully. Ascorbic acid is only a very small fraction of naturally occurring Vitamin C. In addition, mineral co-factors must be available in the proper amounts. If any of these parts are missing, there is no Vitamin C, no vitamin activity.


The ascorbic acid you buy at the grocery store every few weeks, thinking you are buying Vitamin C, is just a chemical copy of naturally occurring ascorbic acid, which itself is still only a fraction of the actual Vitamin C. Real Vitamin C is part of something living, and as such, can impart life. Your synthetic, fractionated chemical ascorbic acid never grew in the ground, never saw the light of day, never was alive or part of anything alive. It's a chemical, a cornstarch derivative, a sulfuric acid by- product. In your body it's just another drug. Synthetic vitamins have toxic effects from mega-doses and actually can increase the white blood cell count. Vitamins are only necessary in minute quantities on a daily basis. Whole food vitamins, by con- trast, are not toxic since the vitamin is complete in its integral working form, and requires nothing from the body, and triggers no immune response.


More than 90 percent of ascorbic acid in this country is manu- Continued on page 35


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