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Why Supplement Your Diet?
Why is a whole food supplement essential in today’s diet? The reason is surprising – it’s the change in the quality of our food. Today’s farmed foods are de-vitalized and de-mineralized compared to what they were years ago. This happens for many reasons:
- Farming methods that do not rejuvenate the soil
- Chemical farming techniques that contaminate and sterilize the soil
- Refining methods that remove or destroy nutrients in food
- Increased use of chemical preservatives
- Artificial colors and flavors that pollute food
- The use of irradiation and genetic alteration that damages the biological structure of food
- The creation of man-made junk non-foods that are often substituted for healthy food
- Use of agricultural and industrial toxins that contaminate food through pollution of water, air, and land
What is the Big Difference Between Natural & Synthetic Vitamins?
In short, the “big” difference is that synthetic is dead and natural is living. Natural whole food vitamin are as they are found in food – un-tampered with in any way that would change their molecular structure, their biological or biochemical combination, or their actions.
Vitamins in their natural state always exist as living complexes with specific synergistic co-factors, enzymes, phytonutrients, and organic mineral-activators. They do not exist as isolated single factors. A vitamin needs all of its synergists to function. Organic (whole food) sources are preferred since they are more nutrient-dense and contain no pesticide residues.
How to Read a Vitamin Label
The word “synthetic” on a vitamin label means that a chemist attempted to reconstruct the exact structure of the crystalline molecule by chemically combining molecules from other sources. These are not living foods, but dead chemicals. For example, Vitamin B1 is made from a coal-tar derivative, and d-alpha tocopherols (Vitamin E) is a byproduct of materials used in the production of photographic film. However, it is not legally necessary to give the source from which the synthetic ‘vitamin’ is derived. Synthetic ‘vitamins’ should more accurately be called ‘drugs.’
The word “crystalline” on a vitamin label means that a natural food has been treated with various chemicals, solvents, heat, and distillations to reduce it down to one specific pure crystalline ‘vitamin’. In this process, all the synergists are deemed as ‘impurities’ and destroyed. There is no longer anything natural in the action of crystalline ‘vitamins’ – they too should be termed ‘drugs.’
Key Points to Look for on a Label When Searching for Natural Vitamins
First, look to see if a source is given. If there is none, assume that the product is synthetic. The following terms also indicate that a product is a synthetic:
The Fallacy of “High Dosage Equals High Potency”
As consumers, we have been thoroughly fooled and misled about vitamins. We have been hoodwinked into believing that large quantities of dead chemicals are more nutritionally potent than smaller amounts of high-quality, living compounds. Relatively small amounts of whole-food natural vitamins, with all of their naturally occurring synergists, are far more potent than high doses of synthetic imitation ‘vitamins.’ If you build a house with cheap, imitation construction materials, your house will quickly fall into despair. The same is true of the human body. The body has a very precise design, which is so incredibly intricate and complex that even with all of the scientific and medical research accomplish so far in history, we have only scratched the surface of understanding it.
The Body is Designed to Heal Itself
The human body has an automatic, inbuilt program for regeneration and repair. Every minute of every day cells, organs, and tissues are breaking down and building up. The body is capable of miraculous feats of recovery and healing.
Through this inherent design, the body is always doing the best it can, given the circumstances at the time. If we provide it with precise, high-quality materials, the self-regenerating design will work.
However, if the body is given rebuilding materials from the junkyard (junk foods) as well as de-vitalized, synthetic, and poisoned foods such as the packaged foods that fill our supermarket shelves, it should not be surprising that the outcome will be underwhelming.
The bottom line is that you cannot make a high-performance, long-lasting, durable living human body with junkyard scrap, dead chemicals, and poisons.
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