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The Myth of Vitamin Pills: How the Vitamin Industry is taking people for a ride.

Updated on October 30, 2012
The definition of insanity is repeatedly doing the same things over that don't work.  Most vitamin supplements fall into the 'insanity pill' category.
The definition of insanity is repeatedly doing the same things over that don't work. Most vitamin supplements fall into the 'insanity pill' category.

The Multi-Billion Dollar Vitamin Supplement Machine

The Vitamin Industry is a multi-billion dollar money making machine built on selling people the importance of supplemental vitamins for good health. Vitamins are extracted from food sources and packaged in neat little pills. Companies tell you that if you take their vitamin supplements, it will improve your health, boost your immune system, and fight off sickness. Companies also remind you that in today's world of nutrient depleted soil, it is almost impossible to get all the nutrients you need in proper quantities from the food you eat. They argue that supplements are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

Holistic Nutrition Dispels Vitamin Myths

When you take vitamins from a bottle, you are shock loading your body with that specific vitamin. Let's use vitamin C for example. When you take vitamin C, you assume that taking concentrated forms of vitamin C in pill form will help you fight off sickness and increase immune system function. But your body does not digest vitamin C in a vacuum. It requires other nutrients to help process that vitamin C.

When you eat a tomato, it isn't just vitamin C you are getting, but also the other nutrients needed to process the vitamin C. Likewise, vitamin C supports the processing of other nutrients from the tomato in your body. But when you take vitamin pills and shock load your body, those other nutrients that help the body process that vitamin are not there. So what does the body do? Either it discharges the vitamins you took as waste and it never gets the nutrition or it leeches those necessary nutrients from other parts of your body in order to process the vitamin you took.

Either way, this is unhealthy. If you are going to eat food or take vitamins, they need to be holistic. They needs to have the balance of other nutrients in them to allow your body to digest and process them.

All Vitamins Are Not Created Equal

Good vitamins are holistic in nature. This means that a bottle of vitamin C that is worth buying is not purely vitamin C. It also has in it the minerals and enzymes and other nutrients needed to digest and process the nutrients properly. It also means that rather than extract the vitamin from the plant and concentrate it in heavy doses in pill form, a good vitamin pill actually includes the other nutrients in the plant for proper digestion.

Most of your over the counter in-store vitamin supplements are junk. They are part of the vitamin company myth that you can take pills in a vacuum and get good results. They are more about making money and less about giving you good nutrition. One of the most holistic and healthy nutrition supplement companies you can use is a company formerly called Infinity2. They have designed a patented enzyme delivery system process for helping ensure the vitamins get delivered to their proper places in your body. Their vitamins have been found effective enough that they are consistently used by the major professional athletic teams in Major League Baseball. This company was bought by Vollara and has been merged into Vollara. So you can get their supplements through the Vollara company.

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      Pat Kane 4 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      Yes people generally tend to believe what they hear on the tv or what they read in magazines. Self awareness through research regarding vitamins, minerals and nutrients is time well spent. The creator of the earth included all elements necessary for the optimal absortion into our systems from all the wholefoods available. Pity we take out the goodness by cooking it to death. So to speak. Thanks for this hub greenhealthguru, very interesting.

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      heartwort 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great advice. I think the vitamin and supplement industry likes that so many people buy into the idea that a pill can fix anything. I prefer whole foods for my vitamins but when I'm stressed and I know I'm not eating well I'll take a children's formula a couple of times a day to spread out the nutrients and avoid over-supplementing myself.