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VITAMINS ARE SUPERIOR TO SYNTHETIC VITAMINS
by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
I get many questions from my patients, and from the S*****e field, regarding the "difference" between vitamins. There are really only 3 types of vitamins:
These are the kind you get from Walgreens. Open
the cap and smell them--- YUCK!...they smell just like what they are made from---coal tar,
the same sludge you'd find in the bottom of a barrel of oil. Oil is a great (and cheap)
source for the carbon atoms, which make up all organic (living) matter.
This is the kind of vitamin that you'd find in
the "health food" store. By FDA regulations, they are required to have a certain
percentage of the product (like 25%) come from a "natural" (or plant) source.
The rest of the product can be a filler, from sawdust, to who knows what! There's a lot of
pressure on the FDA to tighten up the standards of regulation, and I'm thrilled! When that
happens, many of the suppliers will disappear, because they won't be able to compete with
the premium grade suppliers. My sister Anne showed me a bottle of Ginseng she bought...100
tablets for $2.98 I'd love to see the assay on that bottle!
3. Whole Food:
This is the product that
produces. Rather than selling ascorbic acid, and passing it off as Vitamin C, they have
found a way to put everything that you'd find in the orange into their vitamin. The
natural orange has ascorbic acid, and also includes the bioflavonoid complex, and
The next question is usually based on some comment they heard (from a reliable source) that synthetic vitamins are just as good as "natural" vitamins. I don't want to get into a prolonged discussion about biochemical properties, electron spins and stereo-isomers. Suffice it to say that we evolved on this planet eating plants and vegetables. This is still the best source of our nutrition. It's almost impossible to eat the number of servings suggested by the "food guide pyramid". Surveys suggest that only 4% of Americans actually eat that way! And, all that food only supplies you with enough vitamins to prevent a completely healthy person from getting a "deficit" disease like the "rickets". It's NOT enough for a healthy growing child, pregnant woman or an unhealthy anybody!
to read an abstract on Vitamin-E which shows that "natural" Vitamin E is twice
as available to the body as synthetic Vitamin E is.
By Dr. Steve Chaney
PhD, Professor of Nutrition and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina Medical School
"One of the biggest mistakes people make is taking inexpensive vitamins. Mail order vitamins offering fantastic "deals" are worth just about what you pay for them. NEVER buy these vitamins or supermarket/pharmacy brands without checking them out first.
"Cut-rate products often contain additives, food allergens, sugar, artificial food coloring and flavoring. Many are coated with shellac, or contain potentially hazardous chemicals like chlorine.
"Potency and purity can vary widely from pill to pill and bottle to bottle. A study at Duke University examined 12 bottles of one popular supplement. These samples showed they contained 60% or less of the amount of nutrients claimed on the label!
"Another problem is freshness. The FDA does not require expiration dates on supplement bottles, so many companies don't include them. Calcium and some other nutrients can last for years, while others, like vitamins B and C are unstable.
"S*****e performs up to 176 separate tests for purity, freshness, potency and safety on the raw ingredients for a single product. Products undergo as many as 262 separate quality assurance tests throughout the manufacturing process as well. In addition, all product label claims have documented substantiation.
"Case in point, S*****e stopped production of Asian Ginseng, (1998) despite the huge demands for the product, due to contaminants like herbicides and pesticides found in the raw ingredients after the floods in China last year. They will not resume production until they have a proven safe and pure source for the product. Many brands at supermarkets, health food stores and mail order companies continued to sell Asian Ginseng! Scary, isn't it?
"SOME THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A MULTIVITAMIN/MINERAL.
Biotin - an extremely important but expensive B vitamin
B Vitamins- 100% of the DV for ALL of them (including Biotin)
Antioxidants more than 100% of C and E Trace minerals - needed to fight oxidation, regulate blood sugar, help build bones, critical for brain function and essential for growth and development.
Expiration date - if you can't find one - it's loaded with preservatives
Fast dissolving = better absorption. Drop it in
water - how long does it take to dissolve?
V***-**a has been the best nutritional insurance you can buy for
over 40 years.
V***-L** provides the most comprehensive, balanced supplementation
available, with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
"In 1990, NBC's TODAY SHOW presented the results of an independent laboratory test showing the disintegration time of S*****e's V***-**a at only 17 minutes, while some took hours!!"
"The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the cheap price is forgotten!"
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