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Synthetic and Whole-Food Vitamins


Synthetic vitamins are artificial chemical isolates, or a pure extract, made in a lab. These vitamins are created to mimic the vitamin benefits that their natural equivalents found in food offer. However, synthetic vitamins only provide fractionated pieces of the whole vitamin; they are not complete. As such, synthetic vitamins do not contain the full benefit that nature intended. When you visit stores which sell vitamins, you will find that many mainstream multivitamin supplements contain only synthetic vitamins.

By taking isolated vitamins, we may get high doses of some portion of vitamins (sometimes even exceeding the recommended daily intake) but not enough of others. Your body may not be able to assimilate and utilize high doses of isolated or fractionated vitamins, which is why our body often excretes what it can’t use. It might surprise you to know that many vitamins available in the United States are synthetic. They lack the naturally occurring nutrients found in whole foods. With these vitamins, your body would not feel any different and will fail to recognize it is getting help from the outside, resulting in little to no help being done at all.



Whole-food based supplements are very different from synthetic vitamins. The vitamin content of a whole food vitamin is 100% derived from the food sources, with no artificial vitamins added. This includes vitamins from many kinds of fruits, veggies, herbs and superfoods from gardens, orchards, farms and the ocean.

Vitamins from whole foods come with the additional health benefits of other naturally occurring nutrients – including the added micronutrients, cofactors, and phytonutrients naturally found in plants. Whole foods work together to provide you much more complete health benefits and “whole” vitamin solution.

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