Cabinet Full of Vitamins!!!

Why is it that most people today have a cabinet full of vitamins?  It is because of advertising, the advise of well-meaning family members and a serious lack of knowledge.

Aging, illness, fatigue, constipation and  pain will motivate us to run to the drug store or shop online for vitamins.  But, we usually end up buying  poor quality nutrients.

Many of these products work from what I call “the kitchen sink” approach.  These products include synthetic vitamins, poor quality herbs, dyes and ingredients to mask rancid odors.

But what are we getting?  We get products that tax our organs, products that affect the cells of our body adversely and products that are not combined correctly.

For example:

* Potassium should be taken with Vitamin B6, and Sodium.  Absorption can be interfered with by iron, aluminum and magnesium which form insoluble phosphates.  The calcium-phosphorus balance is also disturbed by eating white sugar.

* Calcium should be taken with hydrochloric acid – certain trace minerals and vitamins A, C, D and F.  Even though calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, calcium absorption is very inefficient, only about 20% to 30% of ingested calcium is absorbed.   Calcium needs acid for proper assimilation. If acid is not present in the body, calcium is not dissolved and cannot be used as needed.   Instead the calcium builds up in tissue, arteries or joints as calcium deposits, eventually leading to a variety of health issues.

* Herbs should be taken separately and no more than 3 herbs at a time.

* Certain vitamins should be taken in the mornings or evenings, some with food, some on an empty stomach.  But when so many vitamins and herbs are combined in one product, it becomes ineffective and toxic in our body.

Through lack of knowledge we fall prey to marketing.  My suggestion is to find a qualified holistic doctor. Taking a hodge-podge of nutrients will not ensure your good health.

Synthetic Vitamins are Damaging to our Health!

There is so much confusion when it comes to vitamins.

What to look for on the label:

Look for Plant Based or Food Source
If it says “Natural” be on ALERT. Manufacturers can claim “natural” on their products with only 10 percent of the product coming from real whole food sources.

2. Recognize and AVOID synthetic labeling: If these are listed in the main ingredients, be cautious.

Vitamin A: Acetate and Palmitate
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin
Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid
Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid
Biotin: d-Biotin
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate
Any coloring (yellow #5, red #40…)

NOTE: The “dl” form of any vitamin is synthetic

B-Complex: Natural vs Synthetic.

Foxes were given a synthetic diet so that each component of the diet could be known. The foxes were given all of the known synthetic B vitamins, but the animals did not grow, their fur quality deteriorated and they finally died.

The next group of foxes were given B-Complex as a food-source (yeast and liver). They grew, had a nice coat of fur and were healthy.

Synthetic products usually come in high international units (IU) or milligrams (mg), but, they are missing the small inmeasurable nutrients needed by our body. These synthetic products are toxic and taxing to our organs and need to be avoided.

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Do we Need Vitamins?


Do we really need Vitamins? No, we would not:

* If our soil was nourished naturally
* If we ate correctly
* If our air and ground was not polluted
* If our foods were not sprayed with chemicals
* If our foods were not genetically altered and sterilized.

However, our foods are nutritionally compromised.

There are so many different vitamins claiming to be “ natural” and the “cure all”, how do we tell the difference?  We can’t. Marketing and labeling is so confusing that it is virtually impossible to make a good decision.

Look for a company that grows their own foods to make products.