WHY ORGANIC SUPPLEMENTS?

mother nature knows best.

Somehow, it has become an accepted belief that we need to supplement our diets with vitamin and mineral capsules or tablets to fill in nutritional gaps we aren’t getting from our meals. The trouble is, our bodies were not designed to digest and absorb synthetic, chemically-derived nutrients. How are synthetically derived nutritional supplements better than real, actual food? Doesn’t Mother Nature know best?

It turns out she does.

A 2012 medical review involving 297,000 people found no benefit from taking conventional Vitamins A, C, and E, Selenium, or Beta-Carotene1. A 2002 study concluded that neither synthetic nor partially synthetic compounds could match real ones in bioavailability or effectiveness. Natural nutrient compounds have four-times more binding sites that enable molecules to be absorbed compared to synthetic compounds2.

Dr. Gunter Blobel, a Nobel prize winner and molecular biologist, found that nutrients do not simply wander around inside the body. Nutrient proteins possess signals that determine which cells attract and absorb them using receptors. Synthetic nutrient molecules are not delivered to your cells without these signals3.

If we aren’t getting nutrients from food, we aren’t actually getting any benefit.

Foods contain the right combinations of micronutrients, cofactors, phytonutrients and enzymes that work together as a team in our bodies. When you split them apart, you destroy their biological activity and effectiveness4.

Traditional synthetic supplement tablets and capsules can be made from or using some nasty junk, too. Formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, petroleum by-products, and cyanide are just some of the substances that can be used to make so-called vitamins and minerals5. These substances can be harmful. Studies have linked synthetic supplements to liver toxicity in the body6, increased cancer risks, and premature death7.

Crazy, huh?

The bottom line is nutrients are never found by themselves in Nature. Only FOOD has life-giving nutrients! 

Hippocrates said it best: “Let Food Be Your Medicine”!

Sources:

Bjelakovic, G, Nikolova, D., et al. “Antioxidant supplements for prevention of mortality in health participants and patients with various diseases,” Cochrane Database Syst Review, 2012 March. 14;3:CD007176

2 Feher, M., Schmidt, J. “Property Distributions: Differences between Drugs, Natural Products, and Molecules from Combinatorial Chemistry”. Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Science, 2002; 43:218-227.

Strombio-de-Castillia, C., Blobel, G., Rout MP. “Proteins Connecting the Nuclear Pore Complex with the Nuclear Interior.” Journal of Cellular Biology, 1999; 144(5):839-855.

4 Vinson, JA, Bose, P. “Comparative Bioavailability to Humans of Ascorbic Acid alone or in a Citrus Extract.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1988;48:601-604, & Vinson JA, Bose, P. “Comparative Bioavailability of Synthetic and Natural Vitamin C in Guinea Pigs.” Nutrition Reports International, 1983;27(4):1-5.

5 Budvari, S. et al. “The Merck Index: An encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals”, 12th ed., Merck Research Laboratories, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 1996.

DeCava, JA. “The Real Truth About Vitamins and Antioxidants. A Printery, Centerfield, MA, 1997.

Thiel, R. “Combining Old and New: Naturopathy for the 21st Century.” Whitman Publishing, Warsaw, IN, 2000.

Gurnee, K, LeClair, M. “An In-Vitro Screening Study of 196 Natural Products for Toxicity and Efficacy.” Journal of American Nutraceutical Association, 1999;2(1):25-41.

Hutchinson, Alex. “Three Reasons to Reconsider Vitamin Pills”. The Globe and Mail. Updated publishing February 14, 2013, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/fitness/3-reasons-to-reconsider-vitamin-pills/article4103389