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How to Recognize Whole Food Supplements

In last week’s posting I advocated whole food supplements because they are the only ones that provide actual nutrients to fill in holes and to help the body repair itself.

But how do you know whether a product is synthetic or made from food?

It is pretty easy to see what kind you are dealing with by looking at the nutrition facts label. Hopefully you have developed the habit of reading or at least glancing at nutrition facts labels for most of the products you buy whether they are food or supplements. This is the place where you often can find out the truth about ingredients.

For supplements, there are three criteria that let you know what’s in the bottle. First you may read ‘Vitamin Cas Ascorbic Acid.’ This indicates chemically produced ascorbic acid. If you find ‘Vitamin C from and a food source, you have natural vitamin C. Second look for the dosage. If you find 1,000% DV (Daily Value) i.e., you know it’s a chemical. Nature does not produce anything over 100%! Lastly look for the foods listed. When a manufacturer claims their products are made from food they have to list the food sources they are made from.

You really don’t have to read the entire label. Just look out for the important things. For supplements one of the important things is to be made from food. It’s only three things to remember: from, (up to) 100% DV anda list of foods.

Easy as 1,2,3! Happy vitamin shopping!

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