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Ms Immortal - Whole Food Vs Synthetic Vitamins

Updated on November 27, 2017

Ignorance is Bliss

I'm the obnoxious health nut in the family that is always telling everyone what they don't want to know.

I confess, I have been a vitamin popper and a vitamin pusher for years.
I like to read the latest nutritional news and keep up to date on the latest health developments. What we should be eating, the vitamins we should be taking, etc. Always shoving my latest health food recipe in their faces for approval.

"I don't want to hear it!"


Why, don't they want to hear it?

When doing something that may not be optimal for our health, even if we have the smallest trace of suspicion, turning a blind eye may be the easiest thing to do. Sometimes we are genuinely surprised to find out what we are doing is not in our best interest. Whatever the case may be, we know once the correct information comes our way, the flood gates will open and the luxury of being blissfully ignorant is no longer an option. It’s the beginning of the end; in other words we are screwed.

That's how I felt today when The Healthy Home Economist said: organic coconut milk and almond milk are really not as healthy as people believe. In fact, there are a couple of ingredients that are toxic: synthetic Vitamin A and D2.

I confess, even though I purchased and drank almond milk, subconsciously I knew something stored in a carton sold in a grocery store could not have half the nutrition as fresh almond milk made at home. I was willfully ignorant.

I ran to my refrigerator, opened it and checked the label on my organic almond milk. It was true. How could I have been fooled? I like to consider myself an educated consumer. After all, I bought organic almond milk, I buy farm fresh eggs, grass fed organic meats, raw milk, I even eat seaweed.

I was mostly disappointed because this meant I couldn't have organic almond milk from the grocery store anymore. You see, now that I have the right information, I'm not blissfully ignorant anymore. Even though I enjoy store bought almond milk, I now had to make a choice. Will I drink the almond milk even though I understand the ramifications or do I stop drinking it. In that moment I felt somehow defeated by this news, but in reality I was rescued.

Thank you Healthy Home Economist! says Americans are popping more vitamins than ever before.


What's wrong with synthetic vitamins?

Nothing, if you want to sport the latest designer yellow neon pee, because that's all you have to show for your hard earned money.

The vitamin industry is a 17 billion dollar a year industry. People everywhere are giving up a good portion of their pay checks to buy vitamins.

Why? For peace of mind, a kind of health insurance, you might say.

Our fast paced lives are not conducive to good nutrition and healthy lifestyle. Many of us eat on the run or throw together a meal full of processed foods at the end of the day. At least we are taking our vitamins, right?

Synthetic ‘vitamins’ contain preservatives, fillers, gelatin and coal tar. These ingredients have no business being in our body. They can not be assimilated nor find their way out. The excess vitamins bounce around and end up lodged in tissues, which can promote disease. A small amount of these vitamins are utilized, and not without side effects; the rest is expelled through our urine.

The reason synthetic vitamins are so popular is because they are easier and cheaper to make than whole food vitamins.

If you go to your local grocery store you will find that most of these vitamins, if not completely synthetic, contain mostly synthetic ingredients. Don’t be fooled by ‘health food stores’. The chances that you’ll find whole food supplements are only a little better than in the grocery store.


Not Really a Vitamin, Just an Isolate

Synthetic vitamins are isolated chemical adaptions, and just one part of the entire vitamin complex.

An example of this is ascorbic acid, which is synthetic vitamin C. This small isolated part of the vitamin is the outside structure which protects the various agents inside from rapid oxidation.
An analogy of what ascorbic acid is when contrasted to actual vitamin C would be if you had a television with only the outside structure and none of the insides to make it work.

This would not be a television, just as ascorbic acid is not a vitamin.


Synthetic multi-vitamins do not contain important vitamins and minerals that serve as cofactors required for healthy bodies. Cofactors are considered helper molecules. They are organic non proteins that are bound to a protein which are essential for the activity of an enzyme.

Because synthetic vitamins do not contain cofactors they will draw them from out our body. The result is a temporary boost of well being followed by a crash; only to experience the same symptoms with the added deficiency caused by loss of important vitamins and minerals.

Synthetic overdose

Synthetic vitamins are sprayed on our cereals and added to foods such as dairy, shakes, energy bars, juices and flour.

People are popping vitamins like never before, plus eating enriched and fortified foods such as cereals, dairy, protein shakes, energy bars, juices, flour and more. Too many synthetics may be putting us in danger of toxic overload.

What about natural vitamins?

Most ‘natural’ vitamins on the market today only need to be 10% natural to be classified as a natural product. And please don't be fooled by the one pill miracle vitamins. You simply can not get all your vitamins from one vitamin pill.

Science has made great leaps but we still can not compress all the vitamins and minerals we need into one little pill. If this is what your vitamin claims, throw it away, or try to get your money back.

For information on how to read a vitamin Label go to pdf below:


Mercola Whole Food Multivitamins

Whole Food Vitamins: Our Heroes

A vitamin is “a working process consisting of the nutrient, enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, and trace minerals activators.”

Whole food supplements contain vitamins, minerals and enzymes. They are real food concentrates the same as in the whole foods we eat. Whole Food vitamins are necessary to complete and already healthy diet. As hard as we may try to eat a balanced healthy diet it's still important to take whole food multivitamins to get all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need and deserve.

So, now that we know to take only Whole Food vitamins is that all we need to be healthy?

Yes, with the addition of a healthy diet and life-style.

I would first like to make it very clear that taking whole food supplements alone doesn't make up for a shabby lifestyle of poor eating and lack of exercise.

Whole food supplements compliment an already healthy lifestyle that of which proper eating and exercise are only a part of. Drinking excessive alcohol, smoking and other environmental hazards must also be avoided. It is the complete lifestyle, not just a part of it. That's like just going on vacation with only half of your money. It will only be fun while the money lasts.

Choosing a Whole Food Supplement

Choosing a supplement, is similar to trying to find a needle in a haystack. There hundreds of vitamin companies making unfounded claims, it’s a jungle out there. The internet is swarming with vitamins. Most vitamins are underwritten by pharmaceutical companies, so be careful what you choose. I have researched and have found brands that I know and trust. I share them with you below.

Let's make changes today, right now. Join me in my journey of health and vitality.


For your delicious almond milk and much more:

Spicy World Almonds Whole (Natural and Raw), 4 Pound
Spicy World Almonds Whole (Natural and Raw), 4 Pound

These are great quality almonds, perfect for making almond milk


Almond Milk Recipe

1 cup soaked almond
5 cups water
sweetener - 6 dates or 1/4 cup Maple syrup (some people use agave, I do not recommend that)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Put almonds in a large bowl and cover with water. Soak almonds for 24 to 48 hours, covered in a cool place. Rinse almonds thoroughly and pour into blender with 5 cups water and blend add more water if necessary until almonds are nice and creamy. Pour blended almonds into a nut-bag (a mesh bag you can improvise from cheesecloth) over a bowl and squeeze as if you are milking your own cow. Another method for extracting milk is putting the milk bag into a mason jar securing the milk bag with a rubber band and let the milk drain for several hours on it's own. Both work well, it's really what you prefer. Once you have collected all the milk put milk back in blender and add sweetner, which ever you prefer dates, agave or maple syrup and vanilla. You now have delicious and very nutritious almond milk that will keep in the fridge for about 4 days. Make sure it is in airtight container, mason jars work well.

Wait---don't throw out your almond pulp. There are a couple suggestions I have for you.

Add chocolate and sweetener to it for a yummy spread or you can spread almond pulp on a cookie sheet and bake in 175 oven or better yet put it in a dehydrator to make almond flour.


Ms. Immortal


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    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ


      Thanks! The right kind of vitamins are so important. I read a book by Dr. Brian Clement, owner of Hipocrates Health Institute. In the book it is mentioned how undigested vitamins are found by the people who clean porta-jons, like One A Day (the name is still on them) at the bottom of the jons. I know that's disgusting, but a real eye opener just the same.

    • beingwell profile image


      6 years ago from Bangkok

      So informative cathy. I am a health conscious consumer as well. I like to know what I put in my mouth and that of my family. It really pays to know these things. Shared!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ


      Thank you so much for your comment and your support it means so much to me.

      I find we all unintentionally choose ignorance sometimes. Although wrong, it's just so much easier :o) Unfortunately it eventually catches up with us.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub. Very useful and healthy information. Voted up. I truly agree ignorance is bliss.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ


      Haha, no need to go crazy. I have some great whole food vitamins for sale on the bottom of the hub. They are all great and important addition to your diet. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I take Mercola 3, 4, 5, and 6.

      Thanks for your comment and voting up!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      All these considerations for vitamins is making me crazy. It's easier to just eat healthy and exercise to try to get them naturally into your system. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ


      To bad that whole food vitamins are unavailable to you, but really smart that you are making the most of what is available to you. Smoothies are a great way to get healthy vitamins in your diet.

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      Vespa Woolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      For years, we took Garden of Life vitamins while living in the States. They were the only vitamins that gave us an energy boost...the only vitamins we could really feel. Now that we live in Peru and wholefood vitamins are unavailable, we live by our Vitamix. We drink homemade almond milk in our smoothies every morning and try to eat a healthy diet. What you say here is so true! Thank you for spreading the news.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ


      I am thrilled that you are taking the vitamins. They are superior as you now know. Enjoy your healthy life and stamina!

      I am glad you are enjoying the almond milk too!

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      Jennifer Mandel 

      6 years ago from Bridgewater, New Jersey

      This is a great post and I got so much out of it. I have purchased the mercola vitamins you suggest and have been taking them diligently for about a month now and can not believe how great I am feeling. They make me just want to get up and go!

      I have made almond milk from the recipe you suggested and it is delicious.

      Thank you!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ


      Thank you I am so glad to hear that my posts are helpful to you.

      You have an excellent diet as I'm sure you know. Almond milk is an all around great milk if homemade, I don't know of any negatives. Soy milk has a high estrogen content which can cause health problems one of them being breast cancer.

      I stopped using Life Extension when I saw they had an synthetic form of selenium, which has negative side effects.

      I have future posts coming out on soy and selenium which I will explain further. But until then if you have any questions, feel free to ask. If I don't know the answer, I will research it for you. I love to do that, it's no problem at all.

      I hope you enjoy the almond milk, let me know what you think.

      Thanks again for your comments.

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      Robin Grosswirth 

      6 years ago from New York

      Cathy, you are very knowledgeable and your hubs are comprehensive and easy to follow.

      I am a big soy milk person, but will try making the almond milk. I own a Health Master (a little cheaper) and I make homemade soups using beans and fresh veggies. I also emulsify fruits to create healthy smoothies.

      Most of my diet consists of vegetables and beans, some eggs when I am in the mood and on occasion for a few meals, I eat either chicken, turkey or fish.

      You are correct about Life Extension because I was not happy with their calcium supplement. It had no K, lacking enough of a percentage of magnesium and not taken from a source I was confident about. I was concerned that it would harden my heart and not be carried to my bones.

      Thanks for your posts!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ


      The only vitamins you may potentially overdose on are the fat soluable vitamins like A, D, E and K, because fat soluable vitamins are stored in our bodies. That being said, it is very hard to overdose on vitamins D3 because most of us are severely deficient.

      Read my post, Who's Afraid Of The Flu, Not Vitmain D (part 1 and 2) for more information on this amazing vitamin.

      Even those of us who eat well balanced diets are probably deficient in some vitamins because our fruits and vegetable are not as nutritious as they used to be. I believe everyone should supplement with at least a good (whole food) multivitamin and vitamin D3.

      The real problem with vitamins are synthetic vitamins, they need to be stayed away from like the plague. They are bad for us plain and simple.

      It is hard to find quality whole food supplements, so I have made it simple for people who want them by selling them on this post.

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      6 years ago from India

      Even though we in India get fresh fruits and vegetables but their prices are going above the roof and it is getting too difficult to afford them. In last 4 years their prices have risen by 4 to5 times. I think you shouldn't take vitamin pills without prescription because they can have side effect or overdose but if someone is really deficient in any vitamin then pills are good thing for him.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ


      That you for such an awesome compliment! I am glad you like my hubs and will continue to give you and the rest of my readers the best information possible.

    • epigramman profile image


      6 years ago

      ..... yes your hubs are immortal alright and your enlightened information is well received by this reader who likes your no nonsense approach to getting the facts right with your world class research - and it's always good to learn something new everyday - and you certainly talk the talk and walk the walk - sending you warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 1:12pm

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ


      This is a great place to start, I was very inspired by the book when I read it. Good luck and please keep in touch and let me know of your progress.

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Cathy, I am going to check out Jordan Rubin, as coincidentally, I began with Crohns symptoms about 10 years ago. After extensive tests, including the PillCam, I was diagnosed with mixed connective disease (rather than lupus), which causes inflammation in my small bowel. I now take the expensive, prescription drug, Pentasa, which, of course, has its own set of side effects. In addition, I must take OTC Imodium to have a life outside the bathroom! I am going to explore Jordan Rubin's story to try his natural, life changing probiotic supplement to see if I can improve my situation in the same way. Thank you, Cathy!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ


      thanks so much for your comment.

      I am glad my post helped. There is a big difference between the right and wrong kind of supplements.

      The Harvard researcher is speaking of Telomeres. We can compare Telomeres to the plastic tips of our shoe laces. Telomeres protect our chromosomes from fraying, which cause diseases like cancer.

      Unfortunately, the more our cells divide the shorter our telomores get. This shortening process supposedly causes us to age. There is research being done to lengthen our telomores and extend our lives.

      Thanks, you have just given me another idea for a future post - Telomores!

      The Garden of Life has a fascinating story. Jordan Rubin the Founder at 19 was diagnosed with Chrons disease. Jordan, not only beat, this disease but is now the picture of health. His before and after pictures are amazing, they do not even look like the same person. You can read about his story in the book, The Maker's Diet. Jordan claims probiotics was a big part of how he overcame his horrible disease.

      Your grandmother was an amazing woman certainly before her time. Your life could have been taken in a whole different direction without your grandmother and her CoQ10.

      Thanks again Amy for your comment and support.

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Somehow, on my own, I found The Garden of Life website after reading an article in Elle about a Harvard researcher who believes that aging is accelerated by our DNA strands...the ends of our DNA can shorten with our genetic shortcomings combined with the lifestyle choices we make.

      My maternal grandmother was way ahead of her time. Shortly after my grandfather died at 61 years old, she took a bus to Barstow, CA to fulfill her dream and opened a health food store about 30 years ago. When I found out I had lupus, she advised CoQ10, which I took religiously and avoided the need for any further medications. I believe it changed the course of my life. Though she was met with much "eye-rolling", she lived on fruits, veggies and dark chocolate, along with her regime of natural vitamins. She lived to be 97 years old.

      Thank you for your well-written, easily assimilated yet detailed piece on a subject that can be overwhelming. I look forward to learning life enhancing, important information from your excellent writing, Cathy.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ

      RK Sangha,

      Your welcome, hope they help and more to come.

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      RK Sangha 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for good hubs on natural health.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      6 years ago from NJ

      Thanks Deb, I appreciate your comment.

      The whole food vitamins I have recommended on my post are a great addition to a health lifestyle. Herbs and oils are also great for specific areas, I agree they should be researched first.

      I once took peppermint oil for indegestion, not realizing how highly concetnrated the oil was and was up the entire night. I didn't know at the time that peppermint was a stimulant. I learned the hard way. Now I take a drop before my workout, much better :o)

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      Deb Welch 

      6 years ago

      Enjoyed your useful Hub. There are benefits and dangers of many different sorts of vitamins and processed foods out there for everyone today - I agree. I think Herbs and Oils do more good than overloading on manufactured vitamin supplements for the physical system. Yet - one can find poison in some Herbs as well - research is so important. Voted Up.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Thanks Annie, I am glad you agree and like my hub.

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      Annie Messeri 

      7 years ago from Spain

      Wholefood supplements are the best simply because the body recognize as food or nutrition. Nice hub. Annie

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Thanks, yes,I agree, our fruits and vegetables are definitely not what they used to be. That's why we need to grow our own fruits and vegetables and supplement.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      7 years ago from Kanata, Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for a great hub. One other problem is that our food choice is more and more limited, and the quality of food is lower.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Do you have a request for a future blog, afidelibus?

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      7 years ago

      Do you take requests?

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Thank you so much for your support, it means so much.

      Yes, when it comes to our health it's important to research to find the best.

      My hope is that all my research in finding the best supplements and health care products will help make it easier for others.

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      Healthy Life 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Excellent first hub! You are off to an amazing start! I agree that you will never find good health in a single pill or supplement and that many vitamins contain dangerous additives. I did extensive research to find a vitamin that I considered safe.Voted up!

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Thanks, for your support and I am glad that it helped. Whole food vitamins make a big difference. They give you lots of long lasting energy and health and are especially important now that we are entering flu season.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Nice hub! I don't take vitamin supplements and have never given much thought about different types of vitamins. So this was a very interesting read for me. You did a great job. Also, thanks for the almond milk recipe. I LOVE almond milk. :)

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Thank you chefsref and JlBowden for your support!

      Just to be clear, supplements are good thing, if they are the whole food version and important. Even if we are eating a well balanced organic whole food diet, it is very hard to get all the vitamins and minerals we require for good health.

      Synthetic supplements should definitely be avoided like the plague.

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      Lee Raynor 

      7 years ago from Citra Florida

      Hey Cathy

      Good first Hub and welcome to Hubpages!

      I am suspicious of all of the supplements we keep swallowing in this country. I think their only real benefit is to enrich the manufacturers. Granted there are some of us that have various deficiencies that can benefit from a pill but most of us would do very well by improving our diet and maybe even growing our own food

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      James Bowden 

      7 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Hello Cathy:

      I really enjoyed the great read that your hub article highlighted about the major differences about synthetic vitamins and whole foods. You now have me convinced as of why my pee appeared neon-yellow all of this time :( You now have me convinced and have made up my mind to definitely eat more natural, organic whole foods and lay off vitamin supplements somewhat. A very interesting read, which I found not only useful as well, but couldn't help in voting up.And believe me its not a bad thing being a health nut.

      At this time I would also like to welcome you to the hubpages community as a new freelancer. You will soon find that we are a friendly lot, who are equally supportive in helping you in any way that they can. I look forward to reading more of your articles and will be seeing you around the community. Again welcome aboard and happy writing!


    • Cathy Fidelibus profile imageAUTHOR

      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Don't worry Bill, we need jello in our lives for more than just eating. Like smearing it all over the kitchen floor to trip up robbers :o)

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      Bill Cosby 

      7 years ago

      Do a post about sweaters and jell-o and i will sue you. I am the only immortal.

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      7 years ago

      Wow! A new business and blog?! This is great info - looking forward to what comes next.


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