Synthetic Vitamin versus Natural Vitamin
We all know vitamins are good for our health and to the proper functioning of our bodies.
Natural vitamins are derived directly from plant material containing the vitamin, not produced in a test tube.
The natural vitamins come in packages with other vitamins, enzymes and minerals that control the way the body recognizes, metabolizes and uses them to make what it needs.
Lack of Vitamin can lead to different diseases.
Sources – Food, sunlight, plants, etc
However, a lot of people are not aware of synthetic Vitamins.
What is a “Synthetic” Vitamin?
Synthetic Vitamins are made in the laboratory to mimic the natural vitamins, the ingredients are not plant based.
Many synthetic vitamins lack the transporters and co-factors associated with naturally occurring vitamins because they have been “isolated.”
Isolated vitamins can’t always be used by the body, and are either stored until you obtain or create the nutrients required to use them effectively or are excreted.
Synthetic vitamins are also devoid of necessary trace minerals and must use the body’s own mineral reserves which may lead to dangerous mineral deficiencies.
Example – The synthetic version of Vitamin E is often referred to as the dl- form. The dl- form is a combination of the d-form (which, by the way, is the naturally occurring form) and the l-form. No big deal, right? Well it might not be, except that the body doesn’t actually use the l-form- we excrete it! I must note here that this applies only to vitamins and not amino acids or sugars. Fat soluble vitamins in their synthetic form are especially dangerous because they can build up in your fatty tissues and cause toxicity. The reason that the synthetic form is more dangerous is because you get a high, concentrated serving of the vitamin rather than the amount that you would get from a food-based form.
Did You Know? More than 95% of all the vitamin supplements sold today fall in to the synthetic category.
How to identify natural or synthetic vitamin