There is real scientific proof to exemplify the grave differences between synthetic and whole food based supplementation. Undoubtedly, it has been shown that synthetically derived nutrients are of inferior quality.
One simple test that can be done involves submerging a vitamin inside a glass of water. The ingredients in whole food supplements will disintegrate by themselves in a relatively short amount of time. However, the contents in synthetic supplements remain in the water and take numerous hours to even partially disintegrate.
Additionally, it has been demonstrated that polarized light acts differently in accordance with its vitamin source. When polarized, light is directed through whole food vitamins it causes the light beam to bend toward the right due to its molecular rotation. Conversely, when the light is put through synthetic vitamins, the beam splits in half. Half of the light bends right and the other half bends left. This shows the difference between the two kinds of supplements, proving that synthetic vitamins only give maximally 50% of the biological activity compared to whole food vitamins.
As you see, synthetic and isolated supplements are far from an advantageous addition to your health regimen. You must realize that all the amino acids, vitamins like E and C, as well as minerals, trace minerals and phytonutrients all come in closely tied families so the body can recognize, utilize and absorb them properly. Isolated nutrients cannot complete this task without robbing Peter to pay Paul, and totally synthetic vitamins made up completely in a laboratory setting are far worse!
This becomes evident when you take synthetic B vitamins for instance and witness the excessively yellow color urine in the toilet. This is actually your body’s attempt to get rid of the foreign chemicals introduced. You don’t see fluorescent yellow urine after you consume high vitamin B liver, do you? Synthetic vitamins can be dangerous and the body treats them as toxic substances, period.
Besides the mostly or completely synthetic chemical forms, supplement manufacturers also try mimicking whole food complexes, or isolating individual whole food nutrients in an impossible attempt to reassemble them.
Isolated nutrients are not found anywhere in nature. When whole food vitamin compounds are rearranged, tainted, and isolated, they are no longer considered functional. In order for these isolated nutrients to be utilized, the body has to pull the necessary complimentary nutrients and co-factors from your own body stores, possibly even creating deficiencies as a result. When these compounds are not available the isolate may not even work at all. If you do take isolates in any form they must be taken with food to be somewhat assimilated.
Additionally, these isolated nutrients are often times recommended in “mega doses”, far more than the body needs or knows what to do with, creating additional imbalances.
Here are a few examples of the inferiority of isolated vitamins in comparison to its whole food complex counterparts:
Whole food vitamin E contains four different tocopherols, in addition to xanthine, lipositols, and the mineral selenium. The synthetic or isolated form of vitamin E contains only one part of this complex, such as alpha-tocopherol, which is removed from the whole food complex and then synthesized through mass production and mostly made from refined GMO cottonseed or soybean oil, and then packaged as “vitamin E”. This is only a small portion of the real vitamin E and scarily can have as little as 1% of the molecular activity of whole food vitamin E!
Selenium needs to be present too or the body cannot absorb and use the vitamin E effectively. In an attempt to absorb the alpha-tocopherol fragment, the body gets robbed of its selenium. Keep in mind selenium is necessary to convert thyroid hormones T4 into T3 inside the liver. When it is lost, thyroid function is compromised, causing weight gain and/ or other potentially harmful metabolic issues. In fact, taking the synthetic form of vitamin E has been proven to actually suck vitamins and minerals right out of the bones!
Instead of fighting cancer like whole food E does, a study observing 77,000 people showed that taking 400 milligrams of (inferior form) vitamin E per day actually INCREASED cancer risk by 28 percent, especially in smokers.
Another example is Vitamin C which has several constituents like ascorbic acid, tyrosinase, vitamin P, vitamin K and vitamin J factors, as well as ascorbigen and bioflavonoids. Most of the Vitamin C marketed today contains only a high amount of ascorbic acid isolated from its whole food vitamin C complex. In essence, you are getting the skin of the orange, and not the actual whole complex of the fruit inside.
It has been proven that humans with scurvy, a condition caused by vitamin C deficiency, do not improve very much at all when taking ascorbic acid isolate, and the condition came back when the dose was discontinued. Not surprisingly, scurvy was completely eliminated when taking Vitamin C complex in its whole food form.
Synthetic vitamin C, for example, can be made from corn, which is mostly GMO sourced (genetically modified) if it isn’t labeled “organic” or non-GMO. Besides, taking synthetic vitamin C, especially in the usual mega-doses, is very acidic when not buffered. It can actually thicken the arterial walls of the heart over time by as much as 2.5 times, which can lead to heart disease! Although when administered in the right form vitamin C can be used to treat may diseases including cancer.
Beta-carotene provides yet another example. This molecule is just one of a family of molecules called carotenoids. In nature, beta-carotene is never found as an isolated compound. In fact, there are more than 100 carotenoids in nature! Numerous carotenoids are found in foods like carrots or tomatoes, such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, gamma-carotene, omega-carotene, and cantozanthene, just to name a few. In the manufacturing of synthetic compounds, beta-carotene is found alone, absent from its many other components. Beta-carotene by itself is less expensive to make and the manufacturers can make huge profits by selling it to naïve, trusting consumers.
B vitamins are another good example. In 1925, there was only one known B vitamin. By 1975, approximately ten other B-family members had been discovered. In fact, B4 is one of the few vitamins that can’t be synthetically mass-produced. Therefore, B4 is not seen on a synthetic vitamin label. Taking an isolated synthetic B compound from food is not effective either since all the rest of the B-family members are missing in action. All B vitamins must be taken together as a group to acquire their synergistic benefits.
You as a consumer need to be aware of the organizations that fund, manage, and essentially own the companies that provide your family with the supplements found online and on store shelves. Ironically, many of the big-name, low-cost multivitamins are actually manufactured by companies owned by pharmaceutical interests or the pharmaceutical companies themselves!
The supplements these big companies promote are synthetic, (meaning they are toxic), work temporarily at best, and are likely to cause cellular damage after long and sometimes short-term use. Regrettably, these companies make much more money when people become ill and choose to turn to prescription medications to mask the symptoms.
This website does not focus on conspiracy theories per say, but these synthetic multivitamin formulations with pharmaceutical backing almost seem to be intentionally designed to fail. They want to profit from mislead health-conscious individuals, but also have a financial incentive to make multivitamins fail, having people resort to the patented drugs that bring in the most profits. It’s a win-win situation for them no doubt. as many consumers are left in the dark and victimized once again.