In recent years, a controversy has been building around the true value of multivitamin supplementation. Major medical schools and government organizations have reported that the $30 Billion Americans spend on vitamin tablets in their local store is more or less wasted. And guess what, they may be right!
According to experts, if you’re generally healthy and eat a wide variety of unprocessed foods, including healthy servings of organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy products, lean meats and fish, you may not need vitamin supplements. If your energy is as high as you’d like and you are free from allergies and disease, if your mood is great and your stress levels are low, you are probably getting all the nutrients you need.
But let’s be honest, how many of us actually match that description? How do you really feel?
Deficiencies are dangerous:
What you don’t know can hurt you
The truth is, our lifestyles just aren’t as healthy as we’d like, and our bodies pay the price. Whether we get them from our daily diet, from sunshine, or from store bought capsules or liquids, vitamins are vital to our health and to the proper functioning of our bodies. Vitamin deficiencies lead to a wide range of common health problems spanning from obesity, disease, allergies, organ malfunction, loss of cognitive function, depression and fatigue.
If you are like most health conscious people, you are doing your best understand your body’s nutritional needs. You work hard to eat well and get the exercise you need. You have done your homework and you read labels, but you have been misinformed. What you haven’t been told is that all vitamins are not created equal, and most are synthetic.
You may be wasting your money on low quality, synthetically derived, poorly regulated nutritional supplements that aren’t helping you at all. In fact, they may be harming you.
what’s a body to do?
More than 95% of all the vitamin supplements sold today fall in to the synthetic category. Vitamins and minerals manufactured synthetically with chemicals do not come straight from their natural sources. They are made to mimic the way natural vitamins act in our bodies.
Unfortunately, the production process of synthetic nutrients is very different to the way plants and animals create them. Despite having a similar structure, your body may react differently to synthetic nutrients. It’s actually unclear how well synthetic nutrients are recognized, absorbed and used in the body, but it is understood that chemically isolated vitamins can’t always be digested. Often your body will store them until it can obtain or create the co-nutrients required to use them effectively, or it will simply excrete them. Synthetic vitamins are also devoid of necessary trace minerals and must drain the body if its own mineral reserves, which can lead to dangerous mineral deficiencies. Fat-soluble vitamins in their synthetic form are especially dangerous because they can build up in your fatty tissues and cause toxicity. These chemical imbalances can lead to all variety of symptoms that trouble you on a daily basis. The irony is, you meant to improve your health, and the very measured you took may be harming it!