Whole Food Vitamins VS Synthetics
Are Your Vitamins Safe?
Know the difference between synthetic VS. natural whole food vitamins? Learn about nutritional supplement safety beyond mainstream media and even Dr. Oz!.
You can buy nutritional supplements according to price or based to quality. If you buy the cheapest vitamin on the shelf without real research, chances are you will end up with synthetic (fake) products.
They are not real vitamins, just synthetic substances given vitamin names. Not only will they not improve your health, but they can even make you sick.
Vitamins have become a popular market, new brands appear all the time. Attractive bottles now fill store shelves from all sorts of companies wanting a slice of that marketing pie. For example, did you know that the Pepsi Cola Company recently had to take their 'vitamins' off the market due to false advertizing? Pepsi? Making nutritional products? Sound logical to YOU?
The cheap retail brands are synthetic. They contain impurities, fake ingredients, fillers and additives that could actually make you feel worse. Even some supplements found in 'health food' stores are simply high-priced synthetic products. The cheapest brand might be OK when it comes to products such as toilet paper or kleenex, but you are not ingesting those products.
Only Whole Food Vitamins Contain Real Nutrients
Choosing cheap synthetic vitamins might actually be HARMING your health.
Synthetic vitamins have been proven to cause more harm than good, yet millions of Americans take them everyday. Chances are that if you bought your vitamins off the shelf at the grocery or corner drug store, they are synthetic. Even many of the products on shelves at 'health food stores' are synthetic products. And 90% of synthetic vitamins pass right through you! That's why people joke about Americans having the most expensive urine in the world.
According to Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, M.D., "Although most healthy people will have no obvious side effects from ingesting small amounts of toxins found in cheap vitamins, the long term consequences of continuous, daily intakes are potentially dangerous." Dr. Rona says that allergic reactions include fatigue, memory loss, depression and insomnia.
And yet, according to the Organic Health Association, over 95% of vitamins manufactured contain synthetic ingredients! In contrast, the ingredients in whole food vitamins are concentrated forms of vegetables, fruits, herbs or spices. These are rich sources of vitamins and other known nutrients.
December 2013 Media: Multivitamins
In December of 2013, an article published in Forbes claims "Case Closed: Multivitamins Should Not be Used". Yet the "studies" were all done with cheap synthetic vitamins! No distinction was made between quality whole food supplements and synthetic substances.
- Why would media attack mutlivitamins? Learn the truth.
The "studies" quote were contrived and structured so that they are only based on the cheapest synthetic vitamins and low-grade inorganic minerals.
- December 2013 Forbes article: Multivitamins
I find the most interesting part of this link to be the COMMENTS rather than the article itself. Every commenter challenged the article for validity.
Government Attempts to Regulate the Vitamin Industry
Shall we soon need a prescription for vitamin C or a multivitamin?
While the FDA does currently have some regulation standards in place regarding nutritional products, those standards are minimal and fraught with marketing loopholes.
Efforts to allow the FDA more control over the nutritionals industry is being very highly debated. While it is true that most supplements on the market are junk, do we want the pharmaceutical companies to begin manufacturing them?
This move (FDA & Big Pharma control of the nutritional medicine industry) will force conventional medicine practices on people who prefer natural and homeopathic remedies. In the past, the vitamin supplement industry has generally been centered around natural medicine. However now that it has grown significantly into such a huge market, many believe the pharmaceutical industry has interest in vitamins only due to corporate greed.
Learn more at the links below from the Alliance for Natural Health and consider letting your voice be heard about this VERY important issue. The Alliance provides links and text to make having your say simple.
Also the link below 'controversial media reports about vitamins' is an eye opener! You may be shocked to find what ways the media has buried truths and claimed evidence from 'studies' that were completely bogus.
Controversy in the World of Nutritional Supplements
While it is true that there are many poor excuses for supplements on the market, huge evidence exists that government control (FDA) is not the solution. Many fear that the FDA will create a situation where the only companies who can manufacture supplements will be the pharmaceutical industry.
Has the FDA done a good job of regulating the pharmaceutical industry? Our water and food supply? Vaccinations?
Shall we end up needing a prescription to take vitamin C? And do you suppose that the already wealthy and powerful pharmaceutical industry should get a massive extra dose of wealth and power by taking over all manufacturing of nutritional supplements as well?
"Synthetic Supplements Exposed" Book - by Dr. Brian Clement
What if just about every "fact" you thought you knew about vitamin supplements and health turned out to be...absolutely wrong?
Dr. Brian Clement is a nutrition expert and co-director of the world-famous Hippocrates Health Institute. In this provacative book he explores many myths that have made supplements a "buyer beware" industry. For example, among the many layers of deception you will learn that:
* Nearly all supplements sold are synthetics created in pharmaceutical industry labs and can be toxic to your health.
* There are distinct differences between natural (plant-derived) supplements and synthetic (chemically-derived) supplements and how they each impact your health.
* Nearly all medical science studies of nutrients and human health have used synthetics rather than natural nutrients, which destroys the accuracy of negative laboratory results.
Have YOUR Say: Should the FDA get Involved in the Nutritionals Industry? - Vitamins as Pharmaceuticals?
Should the government (FDA) begin regulating vitamin supplements?
Synthetic VS Whole Food Vitamins
About Vitamin Absorption and Co-factors
Whole food ingredients naturally will be easily absorbed by the body. They are made from pure raw materials that contain the hundreds of "cofactors" the body needs to absorb vitamins, while synthetic ingredients do not. They solve these problems while providing vitamins the body can absorb.
Raw whole food vitamins contain the hundreds of "cofactors" (other nutrients the body needs to ABSORB vitamins). When cofactors are missing, as they are in synthetic vitamins, the body may treat the vitamin as a foreign substance and eliminate it or pass it whole. In some nursing homes, the staff actually refers to these as bed pan pellets!
Worst case scenario:
The vitamin may even grab the needed co-factors from its own organs, bones, muscles and other tissue. In other words, your body starts eating itself!!! Over time, this depletes the body, causing disease and degeneration. What a paradox that the very product consumers bought for improving health was actually DESTROYING it!
Research: Synthetic Vitamins Harmful
Harmful chemicals found in synthetic vitamins.
* Several popular brand vitamins including Centrum were found to have very low levels of important nutrients. But the problem is not just about the important missing ingredients. It is the chemicals and additives that shouldn't be there. For example, Centrum's ingredients are all synthetic and include seven different chemicals, solvents or dyes.
*Most "name brands" are processed at high temperatures that destroy nutritional properties. They contain petroleum derived from chemical solvents, such as ethyl cellulose and are coated with methylene chloride, a carcinogenic material.
*In one study where pregnant women were given synthetic Vitamin A, the study was halted because birth defects increased 400% (New England Journal of Medicine, 1995).
*In another, men who took 500 mg of synthetic Vitamin C daily over 18 months showed signs of thickening of the arteries (Reuters Health, March, 2000).
* A third example male smokers were given synthetic beta carotene and synthetic Vitamin E, the study was stopped when rates of lung cancer, heart attacks and death increased (New England Journal of Medicine, 1994).
WHY Synthetic Sells as "Healthy"
How Can This BE?
Low prices sell. The demand for vitamins has grown, so inferior or even damaging products get marketed to consumers who only look at the price tag. Colorful labels often even claim to be 'natural when they are anything BUT natural. The manufacturing process for making vitamins from the pure raw materials of real whole foods is much more expensive that that of synthetic vitamins.
Government controls (FDA) on vitamin manufacturing are flimsy. The FDA allows manufacturers loopholes to fly under the radar with false claims and slick marketing . Price is naturally a HUGE a factor in selecting a product, and consumers will often opt for the lower priced vitamins not knowing that synthetic vitamins are mostly useless and might even be risky.
The bottom line is profit not quality. If manufacturers can get away with creating a low cost product and charge an amount the health conscious market is willing to bare, this is what they will do.
Vitamin Comparisons and Review Sites
Why think twice about reviews and comparisons? Bogus reviews.
The problem with most websites that claim to be a review or comparison of the quality of different vitamins is this - most 'reviews' were created with an agenda in mind, to get you to buy THEIR brand. This practice of creating review websites or comparisons of products became popular within the last decade and many have made a lot of money from bogus reviews or 'comparisons' claiming their brand to be the best.
There's an obvious vested interest there and people fall for it, assuming since they found such a report that it must be true. As the vitamin industry grows, and more people begin taking vitamins, such marketing ploys will only grow along with that wave. It is difficult to find reliable, unbiased and impartial comparison of vitamins online.
This web page is published to educate, to help consumers sort through the overwhelming maze of marketing ploys to get you to buy junky products. Please consider this knowledge about how marketing ploys might be effecting your decisions regarding nutritional supplements and ultimately - about your own health and that of your loved ones.
With years of experience as researchers and consultants in the nutritional supplement industry, we sift through the junk and publish useful information here as well as sources for reliable products. One such source of excellent information is found below.
MD & Nutrition Expert: Dr. Mercola - Mercola discusses vitamin supplements.
What's the Solution?
Select your whole food vitamins with great care because it can be tricky. The next few sections below reveal some keys to look for to eliminate synthetics in favor of raw whole food vitamins.
Quality whole food vitamins will enhance absorption and naturally clean impurities to help detox the body. They will be made only with the highest quality raw materials to replace the nutrients missing from food.
Look for single whole food vitamins or whole food multivitamins. Quality whole food supplements will NOT contain artificial colors, preservatives and other toxic additives. Read the ingredient label. See below for more information about how to understand that ingredient list.
Are my Vitamins Synthetic? How to Know
Synthetic vitamins contain harmful ingredients.
Look at the names of the Ingredients on the label of the bottle. A vitamin or mineral is synthetic if no plant source is given. If only the chemical and/or popular name appears, it is synthetic. Check the labels before you buy from GNC or the local drugstore. Buy products with the whole food source verbiage on the bottle.
Synthetic supplements also often contain other harmful ingredients, such as additives, preservatives and artificial colors. Beware. The FDA has few requirements for vitamin manufacturers, but does require that ingredients are listed in order of quantity with largest first. Therefore if these ingredients are among the first few listed, they have potential to be especially harmful since they exist in such large amounts compared to other ingredients.
* Additives: glucose, sucrose (sugar), starch, microcrystalline cellulose. These might be included for binding or dissolving ingredients, or for texture and taste.
* Preservatives: sorbates (eg, Polysorbate 80), benzoates (eg, sodium benzoate), nitrites (eg, sodium nitrite), sulphites (eg, sulphur dioxide)
*Artificial colors: like FD&C Blue #2 Lake, or FD&C Red 40
How to Evaluate a Brand to Find Whole Food Vitamins
Avoiding Synthetics Can be Tricky
1) Does the product contain additives or synthetic compounds? Most do. On the ingredient label, search for words that begin with "dl." Any word beginning with the prefix "dl" indicates that the vitamin is synthetic. A few examples: "dl-alpha tocopherol acetate" and "dl-alpha tocopherol" are synthetic forms of vitamin E.
2) In the list of ingredients, look for words that end with syllables like "ate" or "ide". These syllables indicate that synthetic materials were used for increasing potency and stability. Some 'red flag' words to look for that indicate synthetic ingredients include: nitrate, acetate, sodium benzoate, chloride, hydrochloride, sodium ascorbate, silicon dioxide and titanium dioxide.
3) Is it made in USA by a highly reputable company? A few do have the highest quality control manufacturing practices in place, even though it is not legally required. Make quality a higher priority than price.
4) RDA and RDI amounts define the lower limits of daily nutrient intake. To promote optimal nutrition, the RDAs and RDIs requirements are not nearly enough. Do the amounts of nutrients go beyond RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) and RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) guidelines?
4) Does the brand include essential minerals? Many multivitamins have potent vitamin concentrations yet lack the minerals needed to synergize. Certain combinations allow supplements to break down and actually become available to the body. (That's why supplements are often found in Porta-Potties and bed pans - whole).
Reading Your Vitamin Label
It Can Be Tricky!
Below are a few examples of what to look for on the label when buying vitamins.
The link below takes you to a complete chart:
*Vitamin A should come from fish oils (natural), not from Acetate or Palmitate (synthetic).
*Vitamin C from citrus fruits (natural), not Ascorbic Acid (synthetic).
*Vitamin K from Alfalfa (natural), not Menadione (synthetic).
*ALL forms of Vitamin B from yeast or rice bran (natural), Thiamine, Chloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Cobalamin or canocobalamin(synthetic).
However, the vitamin label itself doesn't tell the entire story. See why below.
Just because a label says"natural"
can actually mean very little.
The FDA requires that
"only 10 percent of the product
has to come from natural food sources in order for
a company to claim 'natural' on the label."
~ "New Vitamin Bible" by Earl Mindell
Look for words like "100 percent plant-based"
to be certain they are whole food vitamins.
Advice from Professionals about Whole Food Vitamins
Synergy and Supplement Quality
Dr. Timothy O'Shea, author of "Conventional Medicine Vs. Holistic: A World of Difference", points out:
"Vitamins are not individual molecular compounds. Vitamins are biological complexes. They are multi-step biochemical interactions 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 isolated into artificial commercial forms, like ascorbic acid, these purified synthetics act as drugs in the body. They are no longer vitamins, and to call them such is inaccurate."
About Vitamin C, Dr. O'Shea also points out," The ascorbic acid you buy ... thinking you are buying Vitamin C, is just a chemical copy ... Real vitamin C is part of something living... synthetic, fractionated chemical ascorbic acid never grew in the ground, never saw the light of day... 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. ... Whole food vitamins, by contrast, are not toxic since the vitamin is complex in its integral working form, and requires nothing from the body, and triggers no immune response."
Did YOU Know that Synthetic Vitamins are a Well Kept Secret from Consumers?
Vitamin Labels are Deceiving
Be careful what you read. There's more to the story.
Labels alone do NOT tell the whole story. That's because labels are based on what goes into the product, not necessarily what comes out of it after it's produced.
Most supplements on the market are produced with high heat, so by the time you take them - they're almost worthless! Companies who take that seriously will use cold processing for virtually every single product in order to yield the highest nutrient value. VERY few companies do this.
Many vitamin labels contain the word 'natural' when they are not made from natural raw ingredients at all, but from synthetics or chemicals. In other cases, it was found that many vitamins did not contain anything close to what was claimed on the label.
Vitamins ARE supposedly regulated, however that FDA regulation has been very shoddy. Manufacturers have had plenty of leeway and loopholes to take shortcuts in their manufacturing process.
It's not simple to find quality supplements just by reading a label, since they can be very deceiving. Our bodies desperately need vitamin supplements made from only pure whole food raw ingredients.
The amount of vitamins we need daily could not fit into one tiny pill (such as brands like One-a-Day or Centrum) nor could the quality ingredients we need be manufactured for a price tag like those found at discount stores. Even those supplements sold for higher price tags at nutrition centers like GNC are often nothing more than synthetic chemicals.
Vitamin Code is an A+ brand of raw whole food vitamins for women.
The product pictured here is for adult women, but if you click it you will also find the same brand makes:
* high quality supplements for men
* a blend for women over age 50
* raw whole food prenatal vitamins
High end quality whole food vitamins for about $20/month - well worth it to me (the health food stores tend to price higher).
A Favorite Brand of Whole Food Vitamins - Raw Whole Food Multi Vitamin Supplement, NO Synthetics
Here's a safe & smart choice for whole food vitamins available at amazon. You can also find Vitamin Code supplements at some health food stores.
Garden of Life goes beyond just vitamins & minerals that contain no synthetics. They also contain no binders or fillers, and are gluten free. These supplements also contain live probiotics & enzymes. They're also vegetarian & dairy free.
And when you open the cap and it even smells like FOOD inside, a definite tangy smell of vegetables. I've tried a lot of vitamin brands and found this sure sign of whole foods to be quite impressive.
Take 2 capsules twice a day, with or without food (remember, they ARE whole food !). You can also open the capsules and pour them into your smoothie or shake if you prefer.
Buying Vitamins Online
Buying vitamins online does not assure quality, yet is a good idea to consider. Here's why...
A lady I once knew insisted that she 'never' paid for shipping. I had to smile because anyone who shops retail pays for shipping, it's just not CALLED shipping when factored in the retail pricing. You can bet that shipping costs were passed on to consumers. Retail stores could not thrive if they foot the bills for shipping every item inside their stores.
The cost involved in manufacturing quality supplements would be even higher if sold in traditional retail fashion. This is due to the fact that the price would then include mark-ups for middle-man retailers, advertising and additional shipping fees. Yes, additional shipping... because EVERY product you buy retail has been shipped to that store, meaning a 'shipping fee' was paid to someone. You can bet that the retailer has passed that cost on to the consumer in pricing - it is just not CALLED a shipping fee.
When you buy in local retail stores, that product has likely been shipped all over the country and in most cases also advertised in expensive media. ALL of those costs are then included in the price tag, the consumer is just not told that. SO buying cheap vitamins could mean that you are paying for no more than shipping and advertising, since it would be impossible to manufacture a quality supplement for such low prices. Consider a purchase of quality supplements shipped directly from the manufacturer.
Support for Quality Vitamins from Experts - Furthering reading about supplements and healthy living ...
- Organic Consumers Organization
HUGE website with vast resources for many topics related to organic and natural health.
- Food Kills
An excellent resource to learn more about many topics related to the food we eat and what effect it really has on our bodies.
- What Doctors Don't Tell You
This website is an excellent source of information about a wide variety of health conditions and treatments that have been successful, yet not likely recommended by your MD.
- 'Synthetic VS Whole Food Vitamins' by Dr. Mercola
Listen to Dr. Mercola speak about vitamin supplements, followed by more information and explanation.
About synthetic vitamins...
- Toxic Ingredients in Vitamin Supplements
Interesting article from 'Natural News' about common ingredients in many vitamin supplements that are actually toxic.
- Herbalist Speaks out about Big Pharma
Food for thought about the pharmaceutcal industry and why we all might think twice about conventional medicine traditional practices.
Nix on Flintstones Vitamins for Kids
- Top Pharma-Brand of Children's Vitamins Contains Aspartame, GMOs
Why The Aspartame, GMOs, Trans Fats, Chemicals In Flinstone's Kids Vitamins? The number one Children's vitamin brand in the US contains ingredients that most parents would never intentionally expose their children to...
Good Alternative to Flintstone for a Healthy Childrens' Vitamin Brand
What Resources Can Be Trusted about Supplements?
While ConsumerLabs is recommended by many (including Dr. Oz) as a reliable source of information about vitamin supplements, this article points out several issues worthy of a second look.
- Is Consumer Lab Reliable for Supplement Tests?
Questions arise regarding ConsumerLab practices in ranking vitamin supplements in recent article (April 2013).
Synthetic Food + Synthetic Vitamins = Dangerous
Consider the meaning of the word supplement.
The purpose of vitamins is to supplement a healthy diet, to extend or ADD TO daily nutritional intake.
Yet SO many people make little effort to consume a healthy diet in the first place by eating mostly junk food (synthetic) and then piling more synthetics on top of it in the form of synthetic vitamins. And then they wonder why they are sick?! Synthetics will have lousy effects on health, in any form. Your body doesn't know what to DO with synthetic ingredients.
Then people who mix synthetic food with synthetic vitamins will often claim that 'they tried taking vitamins but they don't work'. Nope, they sure don't, not that way. Loading up the body on synthetics that way is asking for trouble.
There is NO Magic Pill!
Even high quality supplements do not work overnight. It takes time..
While some people might feel a significant difference in their health in a short time, those who need quality supplements the most might not feel much better for many weeks or even months. I've known people who 'tried' taking quality supplements, however did not change their diet a bit and didn't even take the supplements as directed, then after a week or two quit taking them saying 'they didn't work'. No surprise. So they go back to complaining about their health.
Changes and commitment to new habits can be tough. For those ready to commit to at least taking a quality supplement as directed AND making at least some effort to improve their diet, they DO work. There are no magic pills, yet quality supplements along with a good attitude and commitment can over time feel like magic. Many who suffered for years when conventional medicine failed to improve their condition finally found relief from symptoms, but they worked at it. They were dedicated and took it seriously. No pill can replace that.
Think You Don't Need Vitamins?
After more than 50 years, leading medical journals now recommend all adults take multivitamins. Both the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association have finally concluded that:
* "Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone"
* "Inadequate intake of several vitamins has been linked to chronic diseases,
including coronary heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis."
* "Suboptimal folic acid levels, along with suboptimal levels of vitamins B6 and B12, are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and breast cancer; low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteoporosis and bone fracture; and low levels of the antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A, E and C) may increase risk for several chronic diseases."
* "It appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements."
Research has clearly demonstrated that the nutrients found in dietary supplements reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve quality of life, and increase longevity. Consider how long it took medical journals to finally come to this conclusion, and the fact that most MDs have had zero training in medical school on this topic.
While MDs have a vested interest in pharmaceutical drugs, the recommendation of nutritional supplements holds no benefit for them. While SOME docs will finally admit the need to supplement our diet, many will still claim either that we don't need them or that the brand doesn't matter at all.
Will you wait for them, or will you be your own best second opinion? You have no choice but to eat food, drink water, and breathe air. Therefore, you will need dietary supplements to help you process and detoxify the pollution entering your body every day.
Why We Need Vitamins - Top 10 Reasons
Taking Vitamins is Critical: Learn WHY
Consider the following facts:
Go to this link for more information about facts below.
Reason #1. The average American is overfed and undernourished. A large body of research has demonstrated that most Americans are not getting what they need from their diet. For example, in one recent U.S. Dept. of Agriculture survey of 20,000 people, not a single person was consuming adequate levels of all the vitamins and minerals. There are literally hundreds of medical studies to suggest it's a virtual certainty that you and every member of your family are deficient in one or more essential nutrients.
Reason #2. Soil depletion. Modern mass-production agriculture depletes nutrients from the soil without replenishing them. The application of synthetic fertilizers stimulates the growth of beautiful-looking plants. However, the nutrient content is missing. So when you bite into that healthy salad or slice of whole-wheat bread, you're getting less nutrition today than from the identical foods grown in the same soil fifty years ago.
Reason #3. Commercial food processing. Most of the food you eat is processed in one way or another. When foods are processed, they are exposed to heat, light, oxygen, or drastic change in temperature or humidity. This exposure causes the destruction of vital but fragile nutrients. Examples of processing include baking, extruding, milling, grinding, boiling, cooking, recombining, spray-drying, etc.
Reason #4: Food storage and transportation. All foods deteriorate as they age. This is a problem for the food industry, because many foods are shipped over great distances. Therefore chemicals are added to preserve foods and give them a longer "shelf life". In spite of chemicals, the nutrient content of foods decline over time, even though they may look the same. Even fresh fruits or vegetables are often sprayed, gassed or fumigated in order to make them look "ripe" and "fresh". So what looks healthy isn't necessarily as healthy as you may think.
Reason #5: Preparation and cooking of foods. Many people eat out or bring something home from the market that is already cooked. Even if you prepare your meals at home, most of your food is probably cooked, not raw. Here's the problem: the more you cook a food, the less its nutrient value.
Reason #6: Home storage of food. Refrigeration does slow down the deterioration of food, but it certainly does not stop it. As every day goes by, whatever is in your refrigerator is losing its nutritional value. Some people will eat something out of the refrigerator that is three weeks old, or something from the pantry that is a year old. By this time, some vital nutrients have been completely lost.
Reason #7. Food irradiation. This process extends shelf life of food, yet there's no label to tell you if a food has been irradiated. Exposing foods to gamma rays, x-rays or other radiation extends their shelf life and this process is used particularly for some meats, chicken, and vegetables. The problem with irradiation is that vital nutrients are destroyed in that process, especially antioxidants and fat-soluble vitamins.
Reason #8. Pesticides in foods. Pesticides may be applied to the soil, to the growing plant, or to the food while in storage or shipment. MOSTof our foods contain pesticides. You can NOT see, smell or taste them, so you have no way of knowing if you are consuming these poisons. A little pesticide will kill a bug. A lot of pesticide will kill you. Even organic produce contains some pesticides, just less than regular produce. Pesticides can accumulate in the body and cause serious problems. Your body can deal with the problem only to a certain extent. Valuable vitamins and minerals are used to detoxify and cleanse the body in order to eliminate these poisons.
Reason #9. Genetically modified foods. Millions of acres of genetically modified corn, cotton and potatoes have been planted in the U.S. (Cotton is mentioned here because cottonseed oil is found in many processed foods, and cottonseed meal is fed to cattle.) These foods, which are now in our food supply, have been engineered to produce a naturally occurring pesticide that is supposedly toxic only to insects. There are no long-term human studies to indicate that genetically modified foods are safe. However, rats fed genetically modified potatoes had increased intestinal infections, reduced immunity, and reduced weight of intestine, pancreas, kidneys, liver, lungs and brain. Since you may be unknowingly consuming genetically modified or irradiated foods, you would need dietary supplementation to offset the invisible but potentially negative effects of such foods.
Reason #10. Environmental pollution.Every year we dump nearly six billion pounds of chemicals into our environment. Much of it ends up in our food, air and water. If you breathe air and drink water, you are ingesting chemical pollution, which contributes to degenerative diseases.
The 'Cides' of Modern Food
Research Supporting this Site
Toxic Ingredients in Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements
1) A landmark research study by the University of California and the American Nutraceutical Association showed that 97.5% of so-called "nutritional" supplements, including vitamins, are labeled with incorrect information and filled with toxic ingredients! (Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association). That means that you have only a 1 in 40 chance of selecting vitamins or nutritional supplements that are both effective and non-toxic. Toxic ingredients in vitamins and "nutritional" supplements are the rule today, rather that the exception.
2) A Harvard study of 22,000 physicians reported no health benefits from synthetic vitamins.
3) A 1994 study in the New England Journal of Medicine on elderly Americans, designed to improve muscle weakness and physical frailty, demonstated no benefits whatsover.
4) In a study, published in the 1945 American Journal of Digestive Diseases, Vitamin E-deficient laboratory animals that were fed synthetic tocopherols died before the control group that did not receive any nutritional supplements at all.
5) Researchers at Dartmouth Medical School ran a four-year study to see if antioxidant nutritional supplements could prevent the recurrence of adenomas of the colon after surgical removal in 864 patients. After four years of giving 25 mg of beta-carotene, 1000 mg of ascorbic acid, and 400 mg of alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), all in synthetic forms, there were no positive effects noted and the researchers concluded that: "Current data do not support the use of antioxidant (synthetic) vitamin supplements for purposes of cancer prevention." (July 22, 1994 New England Journal of Medicine).
Organic Consumers Association: The Synthetic Vitamin Milligram Game; Brian Clement; January 2007
Dr. Ben Kim: Synthetic vs. Natural Vitamins
"Earl Mindell's New Vitamin Bible"; Earl Mindell and Hester Mundis; 2011
Organic Consumers Association: Background Info on Synthetic vs. Natural Vitamins (Q&A); 2007