Are your supplements synthetic?

Buckle in folks. This is a long post that will add years onto your life. No joke. Did you know that most supplements are synthetic?

The marketing mavens have us all tricked. Some people might even say that we’ve been hoodwinked. Supplements are totally natural aren’t they?

Guess again.

There’s a whole bunch of junk out there when it comes to the supplement market. Yes, supplements are a market just like anything else in our society. And it just so happens, that the supplement industry is a billion dollar market.

Last year alone, Americans spent about $1.5 billion on supplements. That’s a whole heck of a lot of money on the line. And here’s the heartbreaker, most of these manufacturers are in it for the cash and do not understand the human body.

I really don’t like being pessimistic about these things, and it’s really important that we understand what we put into our bodies. Our health truly depends on it.

Despite the natural looking label most supplements are made far, far away from the blue sky and the green grass. Most supplements are made in laboratories from chemical parts. You see, back in the 1930’s, the FDA declared that food has no medicinal affects. White bread is no different than wheat bread and sugar candies are no different than an apple. They did acknowledge that “parts” of food seemed to have some promise.

Essentially, the higher ups concluded that beta carotene- a vitamin found in a carrot- has more biochemical activity than the actual carrot. Suddenly the laboratory experiments were on and they started “making” these components.

Did you know that ascorbic acid (what we’ve labeled as vitamin C) is made from corn syrup? How about the fact that most B vitamins are made from coal tar derivatives? Wait, there’s more.

Even Wikipedia announces the sham in their definition of a vitamin.

Until the mid-1930s, when the first commercial yeast-extract vitamin B complex and semi-synthetic vitamin C supplement tablets were sold, vitamins were obtained solely through food intake, and changes in diet (which, for example, could occur during a particular growing season) usually greatly altered the types and amounts of vitamins ingested. However, vitamins have been produced as commodity chemicals and made widely available as inexpensive semisynthetic and synthetic-source multivitamindietary and food supplements and additives, since the middle of the 20th century.”

I don’t care how they package, wrap, or sell it. The stuff that they “make” does your body no good. Synthetics are loaded with “macrochemicals” that require micronutrients. Do you really think that the betacarotene in a carrot is absorbed into the body all by itself? Heck no! It needs a full array of enzymes, co-enzymes, minerals, trace nutrients and more. We’ll never know all the active nutrients in a carrot that activate and make that betacarotene bioavailable.

Here’s the real down and dirty. When you take a synthetic vitamin, your body has to supply all those accessory nutrients. So yes, you might be getting a high volume of chemically manufactured betacarotene, but you’re also sucking extremely high volumes of micronutrients right out of your system. In the end, your system will suffer.

So what are we to do?

Read the ingredient label so you’ll know if you’re taking a synthetic, chemically manipulated vitamin. If you see food listed like liver, pea vine, or alfalfa- you’re good to go. If you see chemical names like niacin, thiamine, or tocopherols- throw it out.

Yes, B Vitamins come from the likes of nutritional yeast and liver not niacin or thiamin. Vitamin C will like green leafy vegetables and buckwheat juice not ascorbic acid. Vitamin E that is found in wheat germ oil and the peavine plant not tocopherols.

It’s really pretty simple. All you have to do is remember this popular phrase, “Food is your best medicine.”

I honestly believe this information is critical to everybody’s wellbeing. In my clinical practice, I have seen the majority of clients get better just by getting off of their synthetic supplements. Please pass this post along to any friends or family that you really care about. You just might be the person to help them out. In the meantime, get your betacarotene and enjoy a carrot! xo

~ Kristin