Monday, April 7, 2008

Harvard's Synthetic Vitamins or Whole Food Nutrition?

Harvard Researchers Skeptical About Multivitamins "An estimated 35 percent of U.S. adults take multivitamins regularly, but according to Harvard researchers, this could be causing more harm than good." I agree, if the multivitamins are synthetic echoes of their real cousins found in whole food.

The problem with these propaganda pieces against dietary supplements is that they rarely differentiate between whole food nutrition and the synthetic vitamins of Big Pharma. It's that simple. Although I am pleased that more people are looking to dietary supplements to regain or maintain their health, there is still much to be learned about the optimal form of those supplements.

Vitamins and minerals in a whole food matrix are optimal precisely because they exist in the state which we were designed to assimilate, process and excrete. Most Vitamin C sold today does not exist in a whole food state. While I agree it is much preferable to ingest a couple of thousand milligrams of C instead of a pharmaceutical drug that could kill you, there are much more efficient ways to get nutrients into your body and have them used appropriately.

Organic whole food nutrition may be the fastest growing segment of the dietary supplement business -- a good sign that nutritional consciousness is rising. However, if you shop for supplements at the corner drug store, you are likely paying too much (even at Wal-Mart prices) for too little or nothing at all -- or even worse, something that may actually be toxic to the body. Multi-vitamins from the mass market are sure to increase oxidative stress, rather than reduce it as they claim.

Support your local health food store, or give Chuck at Choose To Be Healthy a call at 1-866-424-1077 and get started on whole food nutritional supplements.

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