What the health nutrition store is not telling you about multivitamins & supplements
Most people who are trying to live a healthy life style and stay fit consider a multivitamin to be an important part of their nutritional program.
In fact, Americans and Canadians spend more money on multivitamins than people in any other areas, yet they are not by far the healthiest nations.
While I have always considered multivitamins to be an important part of a diet, I have always believed that it is better to get your vitamins from natural sources such as food! However a really important report published by Yuri Elkaim has really opened my eyes regarding multivitamins. Yuri’s report, The Truth about Multivitamins has some key points from that need to be considered. I am willing to bet that you will be shocked by some of the findings within this report.
In this article I want to educate You and let you know what is wrong with the multivitamins and minerals that you buy from your local supplement store. I will also tell you how to choose the best multivitamins and how they compare to whole foods.
Do you understand what you are swallowing?
It is a common misconception that vitamins and minerals are sourced from food but in actual fact most of the multivitamins on the market are synthetic and the ingredients may actually shock you.
Take a look at these examples:
A 2008 study by the FDA found that many of the leading multivitamins contain up the “acceptable limit” of lead in them, yes that is lead the heavy metal.
Shockingly 90% of all vitamins and minerals are synthetic.
Most people are consuming vitamins and minerals because they are concerned about their wellbeing. It is not only the dangerous stuff in them that you should be concerned about, but also what is not in them!
What the label does not tell you!
One would think that the word ‘Natural’, as seen on the multivitamin bottle, means that the ingredients are sourced from whole foods.
Added to this the nutritional information on the label is not necessarily true. Recently consumer Lab tested 38 of the leading brands of multivitamins, with only 25 of them passing the test. The other 13 where found to have less then the nutrients claimed, or broken down so slowly that they were passed through the intestinal tract before any of the nutrients could be adsorbed.
There are good vitamins but you have to be careful
As Yuri Elkaim explains in his report, you have to shop around carefully if you want to buy multivitamins. You need to lookout for brands that are sourced from %100 food or made from whole food groups. This is one of the only ways that you will ensure that you are getting multivitamins are made from Grapefruit or cherries and not from petroleum based products or acetone.
One thing to bear in mind is that it is a huge effort to get all the whole food multivitamins crammed into one capsule and due to the fact that food contains relatively small amounts of vitamins and minerals, when compared to it more evil synthetic counterpart. So you should not be surprised if you are expected to take between 4 – 8 capsules a day to get all the required nutrients.
What is the ultimate solution?
From what you have read the obvious solution is to get as many of your vitamins and minerals form whole foods as you possibly can. This is not only safer and healthier for you but these natural vitamins are absorbed much better by your body then synthetic substances.
For instance, our livers have a specific transport made just for vitamin E, which is sourced from natural food. But, the liver transport system does not work for synthetic vitamin E because it needs to be processed differently in order for it to be broken down, so our bodies cannot do anything with it.
In a recent study comparing the Vitamin C found in foods versus the ascorbic acid (just one part if vitamin C but all you will find in most supplements), 80mg of vitamin C found in fruit was more effective and contained more antioxidants than 1520mg from a supplement! You can get plenty of vitamin A or beta-carotene from eating carrots. Almonds have a ton of vitamin E, Kiwi fruit is loaded with vitamin C. You can get a days supply of the vitamin B vitamins from leafy greens.
So getting enough of every vitamin and mineral through diet alone will be difficult for most people. However, you should be looking at eating a wide range of foods and colours to ensure that you are getting a good spread of vitamins and minerals. Ensure that you find a supplement from whole foods that will be efficiently utilised by your body.
Now you are more educated to question what it is that you are putting in your body. Added to this you now know why synthetic supplements cannot be absorbed by your body. (Due to it not being sourced from whole food, which is what our body processes) The shocking reality that 90% of all vitamins and minerals consumed is synthetic! Enough said!
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Tomorrow Ameli will be going in depth with the natural resources for Vitamins.
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