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factured by a single supplier who is also one of the world's largest drug manufacturers. Most U.S. vitamin companies buy bulk ascorbic acid from this one company. Each vitamin compa- ny then makes its own labels and each usually claims to have a superior form of Vitamin C, even though it all came from the same plant and the bigger issue is that it's not really Vitamin C in the first place.


So what does this tell us? Well, one thing it tells us is that if you look at the label on a bottle of "Vitamin C" and it says only ascorbic acid, and the ingredients don't list whole food sources for the vitamin C (i.e., Rose Hips) then you know its a synthetic form, manufactured in a lab. Looking at a typical multi-vitamin label we see such things as:


Acetate, Palmitate, Thiamine mononitrate, Thiamine hydrochlo- ride, Thiamine Chloride, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Cobalamin cyanocobalamin, Ascorbic Acid, Pycnogenols, Irradiated ergos- terol or Calciferol, dl-alpha tocopherol, Menadione, Beta Carotene and Retinoic acid. These are all synthetic. None of these are true vitamins - they are all chemical derivatives made in a pharmaceutical laboratory. And because they are synthetic vitamins none of them are complete vitamins. And they are in forms that your body doesn't know what to do with.


Especially in the absence of the synergistic minerals that enable the vitamins to work. Should You Take Synthetic Vitamins? So, is there really a problem taking synthetic vitamins? And isn't there evidence of people feeling better when they first take them? The answer is this, if a person has in his or her body enough reserves of the missing parts of a particular vitamin when combined with the vitamin isolate from the synthetic they will experience some initial relief.


But as soon as those reserves are used up, the synthetic will no longer work, the symptoms will return and the person will now experience the often unpleasant effects of vitamin imbal- ance and deficiency. As Dr. Judith DeCava points out in "The Real Truth about


Vitamins and Antioxidants," "This is what occurs with all synthet- ic vitamins: the body treats them as toxins, leading to the "expensive urine" of excess vitamin intake referred to frequently, since the human system via the urinary tract attempts to rid itself of the major quantity of such foreign chemicals." Dr. DeCava also points out that Vitamin B1, as synthetic


Thiamine (Thiamine HCL or Thiamine Mononitrate), "will initially allay fatigue but will eventually cause fatigue by the buildup of pyruvic acid. This leads to the vicious cycle of thinking more and more Thiamine is needed, resulting in more and more fatigue along with other accumulated complaints... Natural food- source vitamins are enzymatically alive. Man-made synthetic vitamins are dead chemicals." True whole food vitamins don't leech the body of their missing co-factors and don't cause a vitamin imbalance leading to the return and increase of symptoms. True vitamins also don't need mega doses to create their effect. A high number of milligrams is often an indication of a synthetic source. Studies have revealed that synthetic vitamins bring little or no


vitamin activity to the tissues that need it and as a dead, purified chemical synthetic vitamins further stress the immune system, the liver, and the kidneys, as the body struggles to break down these chemical synthetics and remove them from the body. Unfortunately, chemical synthetics are harmful to the body and have a net negative effect. This negative effect is com- pounded when synthetic supplements are taken over long peri- ods of time and in mega doses so often recommended. Real vitamins only require very minute doses to be effective. Another concern I have with synthetics is the use of artificial chemical colors, flavors and tablet fillers and excipients, needed to physically hold the pills together.


The only way to know what's actually in any supplement


you're taking is to write the company and ask because some companies omit these from their nutritional labels.They lump some of the colors, flavors and excipients into the word "natural" colors, flavors etc.


The following supplement tableting ingredients are pretty


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