Natural Vitamins vs Synthetic
Natural Food Vitamins vs Synthetic Vitamins
Synthetic vitamin supplementation and food fortification does more harm than good Farming practices, food processing techniques and dietary choices has led to nutrient deficiencies in much of the population. This has been well documented and there have been many initiatives implemented to correct these nutrient deficiencies, including: • Supplementation • Food fortification • Education on food choices e.g. spinach (Popeye) and the food pyramid The practice of supplementing with synthetic versions of vitamins without their natural variations in forms and cofactors has never been seen in nature. In many cases the supplemented forms of the vitamin are not even found in nature, so to supplement with human-made chemicals because our food is weak in other natural substances is bizarre. Our focus needs to be on improving the nutrient levels in foods and then the preservation of these nutrients long enough to for us to get a chance to eat them. Providing we make the right food choices and find such foods we then need to prepare it food in a way to ensure we get all of the nutrients and don’t lose it them in the boiling water and for that, we need to be informed and have access.
Synthetic vitamin supplementation does more HARM than we think
Excess vitamins have three major detrimental effects: 1. Pro-oxidant instead of antioxidant. High doses of vitamins or imbalanced protocols using single synthetic versions can actually increase ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) generation leading to oxidative tissue damage instead of antioxidant protection. This can be contributing to cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, insulin resistance (metabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity); 2. By competing with hormones and neurotransmitters for metabolizing enzymes that convert and detoxify synthetic vitamins can create defects and imbalances in hormones and brain chemistry. 3. Causing epigenetic changes such as altered DNA methylation by interfering with or depleting the body’s methyl-group pool. 4. Excess vitamin intake may compete with and deplete the drug-metabolizing system that is also necessary for controlling detoxification, elimination and conversion of hormones, neurotransmitters, xenoestrogens, pollutants, medications and other environmental toxins you may be exposed to. This can eventually cause a variety of chronic diseases, metabolic disorders and oxidative tissue damage.