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Why Natural Vitamins Are Usually Superior to Synthetic Ones

Aug 17, 2007
If you were able to get all the vitamins you need from your food, that would be great! However, it isn't likely to happen. Even if you only eat organic foods, you probably still won't get enough of the proper vitamins and minerals your body craves.

For your own sake, you should try to keep yourself as fit as possible and that includes proper nutrition. However, Do you slip up and eat foods that are not that healthy at times? You probably have had your share of fast foods and junk food along with the rest of us! You've skipped meals and included unwholesome meals in your menu from time to time too, haven't you? It's a no-brainer that these foods don't contain enough of the vitamins and minerals you need. That's the reason you should consider taking supplements.

Now you have a choice: Will you purchase natural or synthetic vitamins and minerals?

That brings up a question -- are there differences between the two kinds of supplements? Yes, there are, but understanding what those differences are can be confusing.

There's an argument in the medical community claiming that natural vitamins obtained from food are superior to lab-grown synthetic versions. It's true. Natural vitamins are often superior to synthetic ones since the entire vitamin is not produced during the process of creating it in the laboratory.

To be equally effective, the synthetic vitamin's molecule has to be equivalent to a natural vitamin's molecule. For example, one of the components in Vitamin C is ascorbic acid. Labs are able to synthesize ascorbic acid and offer it as a source for vitamin C. But here's the problem: Ascorbic acid is only one element among otheres contained in natural vitamin C. That makes the synthetic version inferior to the natural one.

The way laboratory workers obtain ascorbic acid is by taking it from glucose obtained from corn. Because the source of this synthetic vitamin C is from corn, vitamin manufacturers assert that their synthetic vitamin is really natural. This can be somewhat misleading since the synthetic vitamin C cannot really replace natural vitamin C. The synthetic vitamin C offers only a small part of what the full vitamin C compound offers.

Also, natural vitamin C may be much more effective than synthetic vitamin C even though the synthetic vitamin C appears on the label to have more potency in terms of milligrams or micrograms. According to studies, synthetic vitamins don't appear to be as efficient as natural vitamins. In fact, a number of studies examining the differences between natural and synthetic vitamins show that the natural vitamins are superior.

Those who are strong supporters of taking natural vitamins feel that synthetic ones can cause the body to try to make up for what it is missing. The body can react to synthetic vitamins in a similar way to symptoms resulting from taking certain types of drugs.

However, it is better to take the synthetic version rather than no vitamins at all. There is a place for them since they do provide a resource for much-needed vitamins. Also, there are times when the natural and synthetic supplements are nearly identical accordiing to the ingredients listed on their labels. In that case, there's no reason not to buy the less expensive synthetic version.

Take the time to investigate when you shop for supplements. Look carefully at the list of ingredients on the bottles of both the natural vitamins and the synthetic ones. By paying close attention, you'll be able to make wiser decisions when you choose health-enhancing supplements for yourself and your family.
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Here are more informative vitamins and supplements tips for you. Patricia Wagner offers a whole range of health and wellness tips at A to Z Wellness.
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