If health and nutrition are at the top of your priority list (as they should be for all of us), a good vitamin supplement will provide you the best chance to attain optimal levels of both.
The challenge is this: Most people don’t really know what a good vitamin is. Is it one of the many popular, over-the-counter drugstore vitamin supplements available on the market? Absolutely not. In fact, this type of daily vitamin (including multivitamins) can actually cause more harm than good. They are full of jagged little non-food rocks that can tear up the walls of your sensitive inner tissues, capillaries, and blood cells. They are not naturally recognized by the body as nutritional, and are eliminated as quickly as possible. In short, they simply end up as expensive urine.
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Use natural vitamin and mineral supplements…
Like the names imply, natural vitamins are in a form that occurs in nature while synthetic vitamins are manufactured in a laboratory. The only benefit of synthetic vitamins is that they are cheaper to make, therefore less expensive for the consumer. Natural vitamins are worth the few extra dollars they command.
Vitamins in nature occur within a family of micro-nutrients, trace elements, enzymes, co-factors and other unknown factors, that help them absorb into the human body and function to their full potential. Natural vitamin supplements extracted from whole food sources maintain this delicate balance of complementary co-nutrients and are more biologically active.
Synthetic vitamins are usually isolated into one pure chemical, thereby missing out on some of the additional benefits that nature intended. These man-made vitamin formulas often contain fillers, stabilizers and/or salts that decrease the content of what you want to ingest, may inhibit absorption, and can actually deplete the body of other nutrients. Dollar for dollar you will absorb more vitamins and getting more benefits from a natural supplement than the cheaper synthetic version.
Read supplement labels carefully to distinguish the natural from the synthetic. Some products marketed as “natural” only contain 10% natural ingredients. You’re best bet is to look for food sources on the labels – things like citrus, yeast, fish or vegetable names. If there is a chemical-sounding name or no source listed, it is most likely a synthetic supplement.
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