Home » Health » Nutrition

Are You Endangering Your Health By Using Nutritional Supplements?

Jul 22, 2008
One of the key principles of nutrition is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Food provided by nature contains a wide spectrum of different nutritional factors.

When we ingest supplements, we are mostly taking only a very tiny amount of all the different chemicals found in foodstuffs into our bodies. A high dose of a very small amount of nutrients is not synergy, and is not a food supplement. It's drug nutrition.

Something like a third of all drugs are derived from plants. The scientist extracts the most potent element from the plant, synthesises it, and turn it into a drug. The herbalist on the other hand uses the whole of the plant because it is much safer and contains synergistic factors.

As with the herbal example, to create a nutritional supplement, the pharmacist will extract the most active part of the nutrient complex and discard the rest. This can no longer be regarded as a dietary supplement. Instead it is a weak drug.

Ascorbic Acid Is Not Vitamin C

If the label on your supplement bottle states that vitamin C is provided only as ascorbic acid, then you are not getting vitamin C, but only a fraction of the vitamin C complex. To get the complex requires the bioflavonoids that always come with ascorbic acid in nature.

Vitamin E Is Not Only Alpha Tocopherol

Supplements usually only contain vitamin E as alpha tocopherol. But this isn't vitamin E. It is only one fraction of the vitamin E complex. What happened to beta, gamma and delta tocopherols? What happened to the tocotrienols? Taking such an unbalanced fraction of a nutrient can have potentially negative effects on the body.

Beta Carotene Is Not Vitamin A

Many supplements provide pro vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. While this does convert into vitamin A, it is only one fraction of the carotenoid complex which comprises 600 or more other pigments.

An early pioneer of clinical nutrition was Royal Lee. Back in 1940 he said that natural vitamin complexes contain everything that is contained in nature provided foods. If your supplement is synthetic, containing chemically purified nutrients then you are ingesting not vitamins but fractions of vitamins.

So now look at your supplement label with fresh eyes. Are you taking a concentrated food into your body or are you gulping down a drug?
About the Author
The author is editor of a nutritional newsletter and manages a holistic medicine website for the London area of England. This contains details of therapists which includes the buteyko method chiropractor london and london acupuncturists
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 189
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources