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Synthetic Vs. Natural Vitamins
Vitamins are essential to life.
They contribute to good health by regulating your metabolism and assisting your biochemical processes that release energy from digested food.
They’re considered micronutrients because your body needs them in relatively small amounts compared with nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and water.
Enzymes are essential chemicals and are the foundation of human bodily functions.
They’re catalysts (activators) in the chemical reactions continually taking place within your body.
As coenzymes, vitamins work with enzymes and allow all the activities going on in your body to be carried out like they should be.
Whole, fresh raw foods are a good source of enzymes.
Of the major vitamins, some are soluble in water and others in oil.
You need to take water-soluble vitamins daily because they can’t be stored and are excreted within 4-24 hours.
These include vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins.
Oil-soluble vitamins can be stored for longer periods of time in your body’s fatty tissue and your liver.
These include vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Both types of vitamin are needed by your body for proper functioning.
Make sure you’re getting at least 100% of all essential vitamins from the foods you eat by eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
Once this has been accomplished, most people need more from supplements to achieve optimal health.
Vitamin supplements can be divided into 2 groups – synthetic and natural.
Synthetic vitamins are made in laboratories from isolated chemicals mirroring their counterparts found in nature.
Natural vitamins are derived from food sources.
Although there are no major chemical differences between a vitamin found in food and one created in a laboratory, synthetic supplements contain the isolated vitamins only, while natural supplements may contain other nutrients not yet discovered.
This is because these vitamins are in their natural state.
If you’re deficient in a particular nutrient, the chemical source will work, but you won’t get the benefits of the vitamin as found in whole foods.
Supplements not labeled as natural also may include coal tars, artificial coloring, preservatives, sugars, and starch, and other additives.
You should beware of these harmful elements.
However, you should also be aware that a bottle of “natural” vitamins might contain vitamins that haven’t been extracted from a natural food source.
You need to read labels carefully to make sure the products you buy contain nutrients from food sources, with none of the artificial additives mentioned above.
Studies have shown protein-bonded vitamins, as found in natural whole food supplements, are absorbed, used, and kept in your tissues better than supplements not protein-bonded.
Chemical-derived vitamins aren’t protein-bonded.
Vitamins and minerals in food are bonded to proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and bioflavonoids.
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