First of all, do you need to supplement?
Aren’t we getting what we need from our diet? We should be, but the truth is, we’re not.
Fruits and veggies are vital sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but we are clearly not eating enough of them.
A large-scale study on over 17,000 people (source) showed that:
• 75% don’t meet the daily minimum fruit intake
• 87% don’t meet the daily minimum vegetable intake
This adds up to chronic deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. One University of Illinois study showed most U.S. adults are lacking in 10 essential nutrients.
Dr. Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize winner, put it this way, “You can trace every ailment, every sickness, and every disease to a vitamin and mineral deficiency.”
So yes, you need to supplement your diet. Yet it is estimated as many as 98% of all vitamin supplements contain artificial vitamins.
Are Artificial Vitamins Actually Bad for You?
Have you ever wondered why studies on vitamins in the news never seem to show a health benefit? Or in some cases, these studies show a NEGATIVE result?
It turns out practically EVERY negative study on “vitamins” was done using synthetics and isolates. These artificial vitamins are formulated using:
The biggest example of harm is the landmark Finnish Study.
This study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine was supposed to prove the cancer-protective benefits of beta-carotene and vitamin E.
It was a huge shock when they discovered a HIGHER incidence of lung cancer (18%) and higher total mortality (8%) in the group taking the vitamins. It turns out it was artificial vitamin E and artificial beta-carotene.
Artificial vitamins had a higher risk of cancer.
Yet every study on natural beta-carotene and natural vitamin E from food is associated with a LOWER risk of cancer.
How Synthetic and Natural Nutrition Compare...
A healthy vitamin supplement should have a label that reads more like a recipe, listing the FOOD sources of the nutrients within.
Whole foods come with hundreds of phytonutrients which are the essential components needed for cellular energy, renewal and repair.
Natural Vitamins Make a Real Difference to Health
It just makes sense that your supplements should be sourced from fruits and veggies, and not artificial vitamins.
Research backs this up with real data.
A study by the University College London (UCL) on over 65,000 people found that the more fruits and veggies eaten, the longer people lived.
Dr. Oyinlola Oyebode (UCL), the lead author of the study said, “The size of the effect is staggering. The clear message here is that the more fruits and vegetables you eat, the less likely you are to die at any age.”
For health and longevity turn to nutrient-rich plants. Hundreds of studies published in prestigious medical journals show food-based nutrition can:
Watch out for Deceptive "Natural" Labels
Supplement makers use artificial vitamins because petrochemicals are cheap, and because labeling laws allow them to list synthetics as “vitamins.”
But be warned.
Some providers try to make their supplement look natural with a sprinkling of plant-based nutrition when it is really filled with synthetics. Check the label.
If the vitamins listed use terms such as “riboflavin”, “folic acid”, “ascorbic acid” or “niacinamide” without a food source listed, they are artificial.
What to Look For in a Supplement
Look at the label. What you want is to see is a listing of nutritious plants. If vitamins and minerals are listed, look for the source.
Proven plant extracts are naturally rich in the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed for health and vitality.
With whole food nutrition you will see and feel the difference.