Whole Food Supplements
In an ideal world, no one would need multi-nutritional support of any sort, synthetic vitamin or whole food supplements. But, most Americans don't eat well. Between nutritionally poor diets and lack of activity, many of us require dietary supplements. But, which dietary supplements are the best for our health? We spend billions of dollars every year on supplements, so it’s very important to understand that they are not created equal. Here is a comparison between synthetic vitamins that can be found at most grocery or drug stores and whole food supplements, like Standard Process products, which are sold through health providers like Acu-Care Health Centers.
When scientists first discovered vitamins they found them in whole food sources. When these vitamins were analyzed, they were found to contain many individual parts and are truly "vitamin complexes". When scientists, pharmaceutical companies, etc. continued researching these vitamin complexes they began looking for what they termed the "active ingredients". Does this sound familiar? For example, when scientists were researching white willow bark (used in American Indian medicine) they found "salicylic acid" to be the active ingredient and aspirin was born. Although aspirin has an important place in western medicine, it does have side effects unlike its natural counterpart. This is due to the fact that it has been concentrated and separated from the other constituent parts which balanced its action and function.
The same thing happened when researching vitamins. For example, the "active ingredient" in Vitamin C was named Ascorbic Acid and for all intensive purposes they are looked upon as being the same. However vitamins in their real form are groups of chemically related compounds a.k.a. "complexes". So in the case of Vitamin C, there is a single part identified as the organic nutrient (i.e., ascorbic acid) but in addition there are enzymes, co-enzymes, antioxidants, trace elements, activators, and other factors that enable the vitamin to be utilized in the body. So taking a Vitamin C pill (nothing but the Ascorbic acid piece) does not function in the body the same way that Vitamin C in a food source does. The same is true for Vitamin A which came to be known as Beta Carotene; Vitamin E as d-Alpha Tocopherol; Vitamin B's as Niacin, Thiamine, Riboflavin, etc.
Synthetic vitamins are man-made and chemically based. As a result, they are difficult for the body to properly absorb and use. The ingredients in almost all vitamin/mineral products made today are isolated pharmaceutical chemicals and minerals. Conversely, whole food supplements are made from concentrated organic, whole foods. They are fruits and vegetables grown in mineral-rich soils, without chemicals, pesticides, preservatives or additives of any kind.
Synthetic multivitamins use vitamin isolates. Vitamin isolates are also known as isolated vitamins or fractionalized vitamins. You'll see an assortment of vitamins and minerals (Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, etc.) But, what you don't see are any food, herbal or organic ingredients. Because synthetic vitamins contain partial vitamins and other chemicals, they are considered "vitamin isolates". When you use these vitamins, the body is only receiving isolated or fractionated pieces of the whole, which may not properly utilized. It is easy to tell if a supplement is synthetic by looking at the label.
Don't just take our word for it. Check the label of any Standard Process whole food supplements. You will see that ingredients come from whole foods. Whole food supplements contain the entire complex of vitamins and minerals as well as all the micro-nutrients and synergistic factors found in nature. They are complex structures that combine a variety of enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, trace elements, activators and many other yet unknown or undiscovered factors, which all work together to enable each vitamin complex to do its job in your body. This is how you get the protection and nutritional fortification your body needs.
Just remember, even though whole food supplements will help you nutritionally, they are not meant to replace a healthy diet. To achieve ultimate health, you will need to make lifestyle and behavior changes. You should engage in at least 30 minutes of brisk activity per day and eat a variety of nutritional foods along with taking the supplements. If you think you are overweight, as are many Americans, visit our Weight Loss page for handy body mass index (BMI) calculators and a great way to lose weight safely and effectively. Contact Acu-Care at the offices listed below for more information on Standard Process whole food supplements.