It seems like there’s a new supplement hitting the market every week, touting all the wonderful things it will do to improve your health. While most certainly taking a vitamin or supplement is a good idea to ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need, not all supplements are created equal. Here’s what you need to know about organic supplements vs. synthetic supplements.
Understand how supplements are made
Synthetic vitamins and supplements are created in a laboratory. On the other hand, organic supplements and vitamins are derived from real food. U.S. News and World Report states that it’s better to take organic vitamins because they come from food. Specifically, the article states, “the most important thing to do when choosing a multivitamin is to determine where the ingredients come from. The answer to this question will tell you what the quality of the product actually is. You specifically want to know if the ingredients were sourced from whole foods or if they were created synthetically. Synthetic ingredients are manufactured in laboratories while the latter come from real whole foods.”
Whole food supplements vs. isolated
A 2002 study concluded that neither synthetic or partially synthetic nutrients could match real ones in absorption, retention and utilization by the body. Taking isolated nutrients can cause dangerous imbalances in the body. Too much of one nutrient can seriously affect values of others. Synthetic vitamins are partial nutrients that can act like “anti-nutrients” because they are missing synergists (i.e. micronutrients, cofactors, and phytonutrients) that are required to transform the vitamins into energy.
Why are synthetic vitamins and supplements made if organic and whole food supplements are better?
A steady supply of vitamins and minerals to our bodies helps them function properly. Scientists, doctors, and food companies agree with this concept, so they create cheap vitamins and supplements in labs. The problem is these synthetic supplements and vitamins are not what our bodies need. Synthetic vitamins are cheaper to make and usually more stable. This means they can last on shelves for months or years. This can be big business but from a quality standpoint, organic, whole food supplements are always better.
Ensuring that your vitamins are from whole foods
One way you can avoid synthetic ingredients is by choosing a whole food-based supplements, such as the Sea Veg® family of supplements. Sometimes the labeling on supplements can be a little tricky to understand, and often, they can be misleading. Look at the supplement bottle for a statement that says whole food supplement, or all ingredients derived from whole foods.
If you’re looking for a vitamin or supplement to stay healthy and ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, read the label on any product you’re considering before you buy. If it’s a seaweed supplement, try Sea Veg®, whose products all come with a 90-day money back guarantee.