Edye’s Naturals Blog Post – What’s in YOUR Supplements? – WOM Radio – Recorded 10/15/18
Take a bite out of this: Did you know that it is necessary to eat three apples today to get the equal nutritional content to one apple that our grandparents would have eaten? This is why supplements are necessary to enhance our nutrition beyond eating healthy whole foods. But even with supplements you can find synthetics that you may want to avoid.
- Natural nutrients: These are obtained from whole food sources in the diet.
- Synthetic nutrients: Also referred to as isolated nutrients, these are usually made artificially, in an industrial process. Synthetic nutrients don’t include “whole food supplements,” which are made from concentrated, dehydrated whole foods.
The majority of supplements available for purchase are made artificially. These include vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids, among others. To figure out if your supplement is synthetic or natural you must read the ingredients. Natural supplements usually list food sources or are labeled as 100% plant or animal-based. Supplements that list nutrients individually, such as vitamin C, or use chemical names like ascorbic acid, are almost certainly synthetic and manufactured with chemicals designed to emulate the way natural vitamins act in our body. Synthetic supplements lack necessary cofactors, which are substances essential to activate the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Proper absorption is your desired result, which you will not achieve with synthetic supplements.
Whole Foods Vitamins
Whole food supplements provide nutrients typically close as possible to how they would be found when harvested. They are often created through fermentation, and the manufacturing of the supplements does not destroy or denature the valuable nutrients. Often, whole-foods based supplements include highly-concentrated, dehydrated sources of fruits and vegetables. Most sources are organic and are prepared through drying, fermenting, chopping or juicing making them easier for the body to absorb.
What to Look for When Shopping for Supplements:
You must read labels on supplements carefully. There are many factors to consider but here are some indicators on supplement bottles to decipher between some synthetic and whole foods ingredients:
- If your supplement says: Folic Acid – it’s synthetic. It should say Folate instead
- If your supplement says: Cyanocobalamin – it’s synthetic. It should say methylcobolamin
- If your supplement has DL in front of it such as DL-Alpha Tocopherol that is a synthetic form of Vitamin E
- If you go to purchase Vitamin B6 and the main ingredient is Pyrodoxine Hydrochloride that is a synthetic supplement.
Advance research on the brands you like will help you know more about their process. Always choose brands similar to Edye’s Naturals that stand for organic ingredients without chemicals or additives.
Edye Dumhart is the founder and owner of Edye’s Naturals, a skin care line handmade from organic plant-based oils to heal, protect, soothe and moisturize especially as we age for healthy, younger- looking skin. The products contain vitamins, minerals and nutrients, are chemical-free, non-GMO, gluten-free and certified by Leaping Bunny as cruelty-free. They have many uses treating skin care concerns including dryness, rashes, minor burns, psoriasis, wrinkles, blemishes and stretch marks.