Whole Food vs Synthetic Vitamins


Contributing Writer
Jeffrey Barkstrom, LAC

You may be asking yourself if you need to take vitamins. The answer is a definite yes but you should be taking the right kind. In this day and age, we live in a world that is toxic. We are eating genetically modified foods that are deficient in nutrients. We are exposed to many chemicals.

The vitamins that occur naturally in food are always found with many other vitamins and minerals at the same time. Natural vitamins are called complexes for the many different substances found together. Nature combines many different nutrients to create a synergistic effect making foods more healthful than the individual isolates of vitamins.

Most commercial vitamins have a synthetic origin. They have been refined to the point of missing all of the synergistic complexes that the body needs. Synthetic vitamins are called isolates because they are just one nutrient. Many synthetic vitamins are derived from coal tar and acids. They are not natural, meaning they are never found by themselves in nature. Taking these vitamins is similar to eating processed, refined foods and can create numerous imbalances in the body especially if taken in excess and for long periods of time. The body expels the excess as quickly as possible and makes expensive, colored urine.

Unlike synthetics, whole food supplements are made out of food. The body is able to easily assimilate whole food supplements because they are in the balanced complex of nutrients that the body needs. Taking whole food supplements provides missing nutrients that the body needs to heal, many of which are missing from our diet.

Americans spend around $21 billion a year on vitamins. A lot of that money is wasted on vitamins that aren’t readily usable by the body or are in such excess that they go straight through the body unused. Whole food supplements, when combined with healthy eating, provide the extra nutrition that the body needs for a healthy vibrant life.

Vitamins? The answer is a definite yes. Just make them natural.

Jeffrey Barkstrom has been helping people with health and weight loss issues for more than 12 years. He has spoken at colleges, businesses, non-profits, national conferences and on television about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. He currently practices at Barkstrom Acupuncture PC, Natural Health Improvement Center in Jamestown, NY. Learn more at www.barkstrom.net or at www.jamestowngazette.com.