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Benefits of Whole Food Supplements

The other day a friend asked me why I am so adamant about recommending whole food supplements. Some of her questions were “Aren’t all supplements the same? Don’t they all serve the same purpose? Is the more expensive supplement better than the cheaper one? Do we really need supplements?”

I would like to answer them in reverse order. Yes, we do need supplements. Our food cannot provide all the nutrients our body needs to function properly.This is especially true the more processed food is eaten. I think the majority of people realize this and therefore go and buy most often a multivitamin.
Most supplements are made in laboratories. They are synthetic. And although there is a long list of brand names, most supplements come from one of less than ten manufacturers. The price often differs due to brand recognition.
All supplements are on the market to enhance our health, to make up for what’s missing in our diet. However, synthetic supplements are chemicals and the body recognizes them as foreign substances, not as food. That can create deficiencies which we are trying to prevent and/or eliminate in the first place.
Not all supplements are the same. The biggest difference is whole food vs. synthetic which brings me to today’s topic.

We need supplementation because we are building a new body daily. We grow completely new skin in 8 days, new organs in 28 days, new ligaments and joints in a year and new bones in 7 years. The problem is that we are breaking down faster than we can rebuild, the body doesn’t have the right replacement parts. This is called degeneration. That’s where supplements come in.

Let’s take a look at Vitamin C. What is sold as Vitamin C in the US is ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is just the protective shell around six other components including copper, P, K and J factors that make up the complete Vitamin C. Ascorbic acid by itself doesn’t do anything but acidify the body. When we take ascorbic acid the body recognizes it as a part of Vitamin C and waits for the other parts to come so that it can complete all the processes that involve Vitamin C. But they are not being provided from the outside. Since they are absolutely needed the body will take what it needs from the stores in our body thus creating a Vitamin C deficiency with prolonged use of ascorbic acid. I think you see how anything like this cannot fill in the many holes we have created in replacing 24 billion cells every day.

In order to build healthy cells and a healthy body we need raw materials like vitamins and minerals, not chemicals, not supplements made from coal tar or by-products from oil or aluminum manufacturing processes. The average store bought multivitamin has about 30 ingredients (synthetic = chemical). A carrot has over 200 known nutrients, an apple over 400. What do you think is more beneficial to our health?
Of course, just an apple or a carrot cannot rebuild an entire body. Potency is determined by function, not by quantity. That’s why I use a multivitamin that contains about 2,500 nutrients all derived from food and mostly raw. The nutrients in food work synergistically and are able to restore and maintain good body functions. Raw, whole food supplements nourish the body and provide the building blocks to restore tissue and function.

Isn’t that what we want, slowing or reversing degeneration instead of masking a symptom?

Only real food can create real, good health! Choose your supplements carefully!

One Response to “Benefits of Whole Food Supplements”

  1. Vinny says:

    It was dark when I woke. This is a ray of sunhsine.

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