Synthetic Vitamins: Just Say No!
A few years ago, all vitamins and minerals were pharmaceutically isolated and manufactured without their associated whole food constituents. In fact, the majority of supplements in health food stores today are still synthetic, of limited nutritional value, and may cause more harm than good.
Our bodies know the difference between synthetic and natural. Synthetic supplements can actually inhibit natural vitamin activity. Commercial vitamin C for example, lacks the bioflavanoids found in its natural state. Bioflavanoids, among other things, enhance vitamin C absorption.
Many synthetic supplements contain food dyes that damage B vitamins and inhibit absorption. Some synthetic vitamins, such as synthetic vitamin E, are barely recognized by the body offering little if any benefit. Synthetic antioxidants lack the potency of their natural counterparts. Synthetic folic acid, according to Dr. Steve Austin, may actually increase the risk for a variety of cancers. He suggest using only the natural form; folate.
Many highly advertised synthetic supplements are made at high temperatures with chemical solvents. According to Dr. Zoltan Rona, MD, "Although most healthy people will have no obvious side effects from ingesting small amounts of toxins found in cheap vitamins, the long term consequences of continuous, daily intakes are potentially dangerous. Over 7% of the population displays sensitivity to these chemicals.” Symptoms of sensitivity include fatigue, memory loss, depression, and insomnia.
There are many more issues that relate to synthetic supplements and their manufacture, but rather than dwell on the negative, I’ll move on to the solution, BioMax.
BioMax Whole Food Supplement to the Rescue
BioMax Food Compound Vitamin is a supplement made by concentrating foods. This allows the inclusion of their natural counterparts and full spectrum of antioxidant potential. To ensure optimal benefit the seven categories of food compounds (terpenes, organosulfurs, phenols, organic acids, polysaccharides, lipids, and amines) are present in this formula. For every negative statement I just made about synthetic vitamins, BioMax offers a solution.
There are thirty one vegetables and fruits including alfalfa, carrots, onions, kale and blueberries account for a potent dose of 32 nutrients. In addition there are twelve herbs and seven enzymes in each tablet.
At a glance here are the nutrients provided:
Vitamins: A (including lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, alpha-carotene and lycopene), C, D, E, K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, B5, B6, Folate, B12, Biotin, Beta carotene, Alpha Lipoic
Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium GTF, Molybdenum, Potassium, Boron, Vanadium
Other nutrients and herbs: Lecithin, Inositol, Choline, PABA, Eleutherococus, Turmeric, Schizandra, Astragalus, Ginkgo, Nettle, Fo-Ti, Licorice, Gotu Kola, Spring Horsetail, Dandelion, Milk Thistle
Enzymes: Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Glucoamylase, Cellulase, Invertase, Lactase
The herbs in BioMax provide multiple benefits for the whole body, specifically enhancing the functions of our cardiovascular system, skeletal system, immune system, detoxification system and cognition. The process they use to extract the herbs, unlike many herb extracts, ensures that the complete range of activity found at the beginning of manufacture is there at the end. Seven active plant source enzymes provide additional benefit by enhancing digestion and absorption of the herbs and nutrients.
Minerals in this formula are 100 percent chelated to amino acids to enhance absorption up to 300 percent. Without chelation, minerals are poorly absorbed and utilized in the body.
My recommendation is to take one daily, in the middle of a meal, preferably breakfast, to help start the day off right. One tablet a day combined with a healthy diet, a little additional vitamin D3 (see newsletter) and probiotic (see newsletter) provides a solid foundation to ensure health and vitality 24/7.
I hope you have enjoyed this month’s newsletter. Comments and feedback are always welcome.
Jon Dunn, ND