|All natural vitamins are a good source of nutrients that do not contain any fillers or synthetic compounds that can actually harm the body.|
Supplementing with vitamins and minerals, along with a healthy diet, has become an accepted norm. Supplementing with whole food natural vitamins that are absorbed and utilized by the body makes common sense.
Supplements are a way of giving the body what it needs - vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to name a few - so that the body has what it needs to repair, regenerate, and build. Most of us realize we don't always eat as healthy as we should and the foods we do eat today do not have the nutrients they did in years past. Why is that?
√ Nutrients in the soil are depleted because of today's farming practices
√ Fruits and vegetables are picked green before essential nutrients have formed in the plant
√ Genetically modified foods are deficient in nutrients
√ Irradiation of foods causes a small loss in nutrients
√ Processing of foods causes loss of nutrients
Supplementing with all natural vitamins/minerals that is standardized and absorbed by the body is a common sense approach to keeping our body's healthy. Vitamins and minerals give the body what it needs to repair and regenerate itself.
There are three options for buying a vitamin. They are:
1) Synthetic, man-made in the laboratory
2) Whole foods from fruit or vegetable extracts or single fruit product like Aloe Vera or Gogi
3) All natural vitamins that are plant-sourced vitamin/mineral
Let's talk about how these three are different.
√ Most vitamins sold today are synthetic
√ They are the least expensive
√ Are made in a laboratory through chemical processes
√ No co-factors are present to aid in absorption
√ They contain standardized and consistent amounts of vitamins and minerals with labeled sources
√ The body requires a higher dose because they are not absorbed as well
However, providing a vitamin or mineral in isolation removes the co-factors that are often needed for the nutrient(s)to be absorbed and utilized by the body.
Getting your vitamins from a single fruit or plant, like the goji berry or aloe vera plant offer some benefits over a synthetic vitamin. They are:
1) Comes from a single plant or natural food sourcewhich offers better absorption and bio-availability over synthetic sources
2) Contains co-factors that are part of the plant and make the nutrients more bio-available - which means the body is able to absorb and use the nutrients
3) Should not contain any artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives or chemicals
The disadvantages are:
1) They cannot contain all the vitamins and minerals that the body needs
2) Not standardized - each capsule or bottle of juice will have varying amounts of nutrients depending on the plant, the growing conditions, and the processing.
3) No single fruit/vegetable can meet all RDA requirements.
Plants can have substantial levels of vitamins, but are usually low in minerals. No one whole food contains all the vitamins and minerals that we need.
4) Are more costly
Dr. Lylas Mogk the author of Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight, states:
"Although taking any vitamin or mineral supplement is likely to be better than taking none at all, there are good reasons for choosing natural vitamins that are cold processed and that use vegetable coatings rather than food varnish coatings."
She explains that vegetable coatings allow for better digestion and don't include artificial ingredients that can actually be harmful. An all natural vitamin is the third generation vitamin technology that provides standardized vitamins and minerals from a food source.
The body can make some needed antioxidants such as
... while other antioxidants we must get from food or nutritional supplements. Due to poor soil conditions, early harvesting, storage, and genetically modified foods, it may not be possible to get all the antioxidant protection we need from our food.
My friend who is a P.A. and works for a holistic doctor recommended this very complete liquid vitamin to us. What we like about this all natural liquid vitamin is that it includes vitamins and minerals made from whole food, real food and organic botanicals rather than from synthetic products. Liquid vitamins are typically better absorbed than hard pills and easier to swallow.
intraMax All-in-One Multivitamin includes ingredients such as:
Organically bound trace minerals that are plant derived
Super Green Foods like chlorella, alfalfa leaves and spinach
Antioxidants from acai fruit, blackberries, blue berries, goji berries and mangosteen
Herbs including wheat grass, spirulina, bilberry extract
Vegetables such as beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Kale
Omega 3, 6 and 9 from flax seed, pumpkin seed, evening primrose and hemp oil
Directions are to take one ounce per day - be sure to shake the bottle first and then follow it with a big glass of filtered, non-chlorinated water. One bottle lasts about a month - while it is quite expensive it has eliminated our multiple bottles of separate vitamins, minerals and omega oils. Refrigerate after opening the bottle. Personally I like the taste which is a peach, mango flavor.
My husband and I were looking for a whole food natural vitamin. When I saw the long list of ingredients (over 415 essential ingredients) and the
commitment druckerlabs has to providing quality supplements, we decided to make this our multivitamin. The good news is that it is so much more than that and has simplified our need for a whole host of supplements.