Natural Supplements vs Synthetic Supplements

A vitamin is a complex mechanism of functional, interrelated and interdependent parts. In addition to particular nutrients identified as a vitamin, a vitamin also consists of enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants and trace element activators. These components are only effective when in the proper organized state. Natural supplements must be food concentrates, intact and integrated with their vitamin complexes retaining their functional and nutritional integrity.

There are two general theories when discussing vitamins and supplements. One is that vitamin factors, or parts, can be man-made (synthetic) and should be manufactured in chemically pure form in high concentrations. This results in a crystalline-pure chemical hardly resembling the natural organic vitamin complex. Unfortunately, this theory is followed by pharmaceutical companies and most supplement manufacturers. The other belief is that vitamins are just like food factors; they exist in complex groups of associated substances working together. If this complex is fractionated or separated, it is no longer capable of functioning properly and providing nutritional and metabolic effects.

Whole food supplements are truly natural supplements made from concentrated natural whole foods. The vitamins and minerals found within these supplements are not isolated or separated, while synthetic supplements are only fragments of the whole vitamin complex. Whole food supplements are absorbed, used and affect the body just as natural foods would.

Synthetic supplements are only fragments of whole vitamins. Fractioning or separating the constituents that make up food changes that food into a non-food. These non-food fractions are often unrecognizable to the body, sometimes creating drug-like reactions. In many cases, these fractions can do more harm than good, because they are missing some of their components required to function properly in the body. Because these nutrient components are missing, the supplement will actually deplete the body of the current nutrients stored in the body, required for proper functioning. In addition, synthetic supplements contain binding agents and fillers, which inhibit the body from effectively absorbing the nutrients.

The purpose of nutritional supplementation is to help restore biological and physiological equilibrium. If a person has biochemical and physiological equilibrium, that person has health! Natural food supplements always restore – not disrupt – the body’s biochemical balance.

Natural Supplement Characteristics:

  • Natural vitamins are never separated or isolated, but a complex mixture of related and interdependent materials. The most that can be done to increase their potency without disrupting their natural balance is to evaporate the moisture and remove fiber to conserve space and temporarily inactivate the vitamins by removing the moisture. The vitamins are maintained by drying, as we dry fruits, beans, etc…
  • Natural vitamins are never highly concentrated, they are low potency. The body requires balance, not potency. To achieve higher than normal potency, natural vitamins must be consumed in larger quantities. Synthetic vitamins lend themselves to high potency concentrations in a few small pills or “one-a-day vitamin” supplements.
  • Natural vitamins build nutritionally-synthetic vitamins medically.
  • Natural vitamins build slowly but exceedingly well, as nature always does. Synthetics provide a quick, but temporary reaction, which depletes the body’s existing vitamin stores over time.
  • All vitamins of truly natural food concentrates should indicate the exact food source from which the vitamin is obtained.

Synthetic/Crystalline Supplement Characteristics:

  • Synthetic means that a scientist has reconstructed the exact structure of the crystalline molecule by “putting together” or chemically combining the same molecules from other sources-it is a false imitation. Chemically, there is no difference between the synthetic and crystalline. The synthetic product is always a simple, isolated chemical substance. On the label for either synthetic or crystalline vitamins, only the chemical name of the single vitamin is usually listed.
  • Crystalline means it had a natural food as its original source, but was treated with various chemicals, solvents, heat and distillations to reduce it down to one specific pure crystalline vitamin or amino acid-hence no longer natural. It no longer contains its synergists (enzymes, co-enzymes, minerals, and co-vitamin helpers). In this form it is only one single part of the complete vitamin complex. Legally, crystalline can be labeled “natural” because it was isolated from a natural product, but it is not truly natural as explained here.
  • If your urine is a different color and/or has an odor after taking supplements, this means your supplements are synthetic or comprised of foreign substances, which your body does not recognize. This is your body’s way of eliminating unknown, foreign substances.


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