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Why Whole Foods are Simply Better

Education plays a intricate role in achieving personal whole health solutions. In recent studies, articles, and research, synthetic vitamin information has been popping up across all aspects of media. The battle of synthetic nutrients versus nutrition from whole foods has been present since 1753 when the first isolated vitamin benefits was pioneered. Ironically enough, James Lind, used the whole food versions of vitamin C to treat scurvy which set the beginning of a battle that rages on today.

Today the general public is well entrenched in the information age. The importance of educating yourself to pin point the right supplement is extremely important so you can avoid marketing deception. Lets attempt to summarize the key differences between whole food nutrients and synthetic supplementation. This should allow you to be able to clearly see the benefits of one source of supplementation over the other and successfully understand why natural whole foods are simply better.

It is important to understand the mechanics of a vitamin, mineral, trace mineral, amino acid, etc. For example, a vitamin is defined as a "complex organic substance necessary for human life and metabolic processes, i.e. growth, maintenance, and overall general health (Rubin, February-March 2004, p. 93)."

You should know that the human body cannot produce vitamins on its own.  They must be consumed by eating healthier foods or nutritional supplements to successfully deliver these nutrients to the blood stream. Vitamin discovery truly flourished in the early 1900s when the relation between scurvy, rickets, and pellagra were linked to certain vitamin deficiencies. After the early 1900s, scientists began aggressively studying the effects that vitamins, minerals, etc. had on a person’s health. It has been identified that isolated supplements may not be as effective as complete supplementation that has present, all the co-factors, enzymes, minerals, etc. that are required for the certain nutrient to be recognized and utilized by the body as it should. What does that mean?

This simply means that while isolating a certain vitamin, mineral, amino acid, etc. may be partially beneficial the body will more likely reject the isolated nutrient because it does not have the proper supporting co-factors to allow the cell to properly identify its operational purpose in the body. "By separating the vitamin group into single, incomplete vitamin portions, the vitamin is then converted from a physiological, biochemical, active micronutrient into a disabled, debilitated chemical of little or no value to living cells (Rubin, p. 93)." Fresh fruits and vegetables work together synergistically in the body to provide the supporting co-factors for proper nutritional absorption.

Rubin, J. (February-March 2004). The case for whole food nutritional supplements. Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, 93-97.