There is a lot of information out there about “supplements.” You may hear that studies say that they are not helpful, or artificial, or even can be harmful. Well, just as not all food is equally good or bad for you, not all supplements are created equal – and when you hear about studies on supplements you should know that sometimes these studies are lumping all supplements together as one.
Almost all vitamin studies are done with synthetic supplements and studies show mixed benefit, at best, and clear evidence of harm. It is important to understand that there are three types of nutritional supplements:
1) Synthetic Supplements
These are artificial chemicals made in a factory from coal tar, petroleum or GMO corn syrup. Most of these supplements are made by the same five pharmaceutical companies. Synthetic supplements have a pharmacological and not a nutritional effect on the body and are simply over-the-counter drugs. They lack essential co-factors which complete and balance the nutrient complex and they create nutritional deficiencies.
2) Fractionated Supplements
These are similar to synthetic supplements in principle and effect. They are chemically extracted from foods or plants. Most standardized herbal extracts are made this way.
3) Whole Food Concentrates
These are concentrated foods and plants that retain the full nutrient complex. They are made by removing water and fiber from the food or plant. The quality of the supplement is determined by farming methods; soil, water and sun; and the manufacturing process. Food concentrates produce far fewer adverse reactions and interactions with drugs. They are non-toxic, unlike isolated chemical vitamins. Food concentrates have a nutritional and rebalancing effect on the body. They have a greater availability of nutrients in their original and or natural form so healing can take place.
At The Health Improvement Center we use Whole Food Concentrates from Standard Process – the best whole food supplements out there.