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Natural versus Synthetic Vitamins

Natural versus Synthetic VitaminsMany manufacturers may attempt to duplicate a vitamin found in nature, however there is still the missing link that naturally holds it together. Scientists may have or know of all the chemicals that make up a tomato seed, however are they able to create the seed itself?

Natural vitamins contain something that no synthetic can duplicate. It is the missing link which is not found in any synthetic vitamin that gives a natural vitamin it's "god created" qualities.

You are constantly bombarded with vitamins are all the same.

We are often told, "A vitamin is a vitamin." But there is a big difference between synthetic and naturally derived vitamins. The discoverer of Vitamin C noticed this difference when testing his discovery. In 1930's, Dr. Albert Szent Gyorgyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in medicine for discovering Vitamin C.

A friend of his who was suffering from a debilitating disease was given Vitamin C and did not recover, he did recover when he consumed food that contained a high vitamin C content. Dr. Albert Szent Gyorgyi would spend the rest of his life trying to discover why naturally produced Vitamin C worked and man-made did not.

Many people are allergic to the chemicals used as a base for synthetic vitamins. Some are toxic, including nicotine and coal tars. If the product is in a natural state then man-made toxins will not be present. Many synthetics are made from coal tar. Coal tar contains benzoapyrene, "A yellow crystalline carcinogenic" [1].

Vitamin E is another good example of a nutrient that has fallen victim to the synthetic spell. On a supplement label, natural Vitamin E is listed as d-alpha tocopherol, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, or d-alpha tocopheryl succinate. ynthetic vitamin E on the other hand are labeled with a dl-prefix.

Studies have shown that natural Vitamin E absorbs much better then synthetic versions. Protein chaperones produced in the liver select the natural d-alpha form of Vitamin E and largely ignore the rest.

One study in particular showed that after 23 days of supplementation, natural Vitamin E levels rose higher then synthetic levels[2]. This study also showed that the blood and tissue levels of natural Vitamin E rose twice as high as the synthetic.

Synthetic Vitamins and Adverse Reactions

Are the use of synthetic vitamins in studies the reason why adverse and sometime dangerous reactions are occurring?

Consider the "death warning" by Johns Hopkins on Vitamin E. A review of the articles on the results of this study did not disclose the fact that most of the studies were done using the synthetic (dl-alpha-tocopherol) rather than the natural (d-alpha-tocopherol) form of alpha-tocopherol[3].

Organic foods are the best source of vitamins and minerals. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds and unprocessed grains are a very good source of these life giving nutrients. Since so few of us consume foods genuinely fresh and unadulterated, practically all of us need to supplement our diets with nutritional supplements.

Getting the nutrients we need from our food supply just doesn't happen in today's over processed world. Fruits and vegetables are being grown in chemical fertilizes, pesticides and waste contaminants. They're often coated with toxic chemicals. They're harvested and forced ripened with a gas causing catastrophic nutritional loss.

US Senate Document #264 states that "99% of the American people are deficient in minerals and a deficiency in any one or more important minerals actually results in disease."

Supplementing your diet with the right nutrients is a safe way of providing your body with its nutritional needs. Click here to learn more about real vitamins before it's to late.

Below is a chart of some of today's most popular vitamins and how to read the label to determine if they are natural or synthetic vitamins.

Nutrient Description
Vitamin A
Fish Oils Natural
Lemon Grass Co-Natural
Acetate Synthetic
Palmitate Synthetic
If source not given Synthetic
Vitamin B-Complex
Brewers Yeast Natural
If source not given Synthetic
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Yeast Natural
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Yeast Natural
Riboflavin Synthetic
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Yeast Natural
Vitamin B12
Liver Natural
Micro-organism fermentation Co-Natural
Folic Acid
Yeast or Liver Natural
Pteroylglutamic Acid Synthetic
Yeast Natural
Niacinamide Co-Natural
Niacin Synthetic
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Citrus, Rose Hips,
Acerola Berries
Ascorbic Acid Synthetic
If source not given Synthetic
Vitamin D
Fish Oils Natural
Irradiated Ergosteral (Yeast) Synthetic
Calciferol Synthetic
Vitamin E
Veg Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, or Mixed Tocopherols Natural
d-alpha tocopherol Natural
dl-alpha tocopherol Synthetic
Vitamin K
Alfalfa Natural
Menadione Synthetic
  1. Etiology of Cancer: Carcinogenesis. http://edcenter.med.cornell.edu/CUMC_PathNotes/Neoplasia/Neoplasia_04.html
  2. Burton GW, et al. Human plasma and tissues a-tocopherol concentrations in response to supplementation with deuterated natural and synthetic vitamin E. Am J Clin Nutr 1996;67:669-84
  3. http://www.thefactsaboutfitness.com/news/vitamin_e.htm