With the ability to buy vitamins at every grocery and drugstore, why does The Natural Health and Healing Center specify obtaining vitamins through whole foods and whole food supplements? Synthetic vitamins are popular because they are easier and cheaper to maintain in a lab from petroleum products than to grow and harvest from crops.

Most chemists maintain, molecule by molecule, synthetic vitamins are identical to natural vitamins. The isolate factor of each may be identical, although newer information challenges this belief. However, man-made synthetic supplements are a combination of some of the separate factors, never the whole complex of synergistic factors found in nature. For example, the whole family of B, C, or E vitamins is known as a “complex.”

Synthetic vitamins may cause improvements of certain conditions for a short time, but the whole complex goes even further. It is now believed that the “unknown” co-factors found in natural vitamins, not found in the synthetic forms, act as catalysts which make vitamins more effective.

Do synthetic vitamins cause deficiencies?

Research indicates that synthetic vitamins may actually cause deficiencies. When you take a synthetic vitamin, it needs the co-factors normally found in the whole food, in order to complete its action. If they are not in the foods you eat, it will draw the co-factors from your body. You may feel good for a while, but when the co-factors run out, you will begin to feel worse. The prolonged action of the synthetics imitates the action of drugs; they overstimulate rather than feed your body. Science does not even come close to duplicating nature. Many illnesses, pain and suffering are the result of our dietary ignorance.

Synthetic vitamins will never have the effects of natural vitamins simply because they are missing many parts of the whole complex.

Give your body what it needs, it will make everything else from that. To sustain good health, your cells must have all the elements they need to perform the jobs of growth and tissue repair in your body; it does not need hundreds of vitamins and minerals in order to maintain itself. It seems that every month a new miracle vitamin is being touted. Each cell in your body requires certain nutrients to maintain its basic metabolic function and keep healthy. The body will manufacture everything else from these basic building blocks.

A word about labels

Many consumers are confused by labels. Many labels say “Natural” or “Food Based” or “Organic.” The title “Natural” is a term used very loosely. Many things are natural (e.g., oyster shells) but they may not be ideal for human consumption. “Food Based” simply means it started with a food product, such as a carrot, but the rest of it was synthesized in a lab. And if the carrot was organic, then they can also add the title “Organic” to the label. One way to tell if a product is synthetic is to use the word “potencies.” In reality, high concentrations have nothing to do with potency. A 10,000 mg capsule may not necessarily be potent at all. Remember you will never see those concentrations or combinations in nature. They simply do not exist like that except in a bottle manufactured in a lab.

Eat Food Not chemicals.