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A Close Look at Supplementation - Part 2 of 4: Bio-availability, Life Force, Vitamins and Minerals

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Welcome back!  Let's discuss Bio-availability, Life Force, Vitamins and Minerals. 

To start off I describe synthetic supplements as those:  

  • concocted by man
  • usually composed of one or many of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids, etc. 
  • either made from chemicals, and/or they do not occur naturally with a whole food
  • that are typically blends of isolates from chemicals, or if from food, they are separate or extract
  • whose molecules are never complete and balanced with their co-dependant brothers and sisters (as when molecules occur in whole foods)
  • that are usually served in mega-dose quantity -- much greater then our body can tolerate
  • whose bio-availability is either ZERO, or well below 80% that of naturally occurring nutrients, and 
  • are often toxic and dangerous to your health.


For decades now, common sense and research has cast enormous doubts on synthetic supplementation because of their lack of biological activity. 

Isobel Jennings of Cambridge University said “Synthetic vitamins, prepared from chemicals or separated from their natural state, are less active biologically than their naturally occurring counterparts, thereby reducing any beneficial effect they may have.

Life Force

The difference between synthetic supplements and naturally occurring nutrients is apparent when viewing their response to a beam of polarized light. The light when passing through a natural vitamin will always bend to the right due to its molecular rotation. 

Photography of natural nutrients taken with a Kirlian camera always shine brighter then synthetic ones. The life force of natural nutrients cannot be replicated with synthetics.

The Synthetic Mirror Image

Synthetic supplements may look like the real thing but they won’t function like the real thing. Synthetic supplements are like the image in a mirror. Half of it may work in the body and the other half may not work as well. 

Ask yourself the question “has the synthetic supplements industry made a difference in reducing the health crisis in America?”

The only truly natural vitamins and minerals are those that occur with whole foods. They may also be available in some whole food nutritional supplements as highly nutritious, concentrated foods; powdered concentrates of foods and herbs with only the moisture, an isolated component of whole food removed. Some sources of these include wheat-grass, freshwater algae (blue-green algae, spirulina), sea vegetables such as kelp, wheat-germ.

– Home Safe Home by Debra Lynn Dadd

On Vitamins and Minerals

There is no such thing as an isolated vitamin or mineral or any other separated nutrient growing in nature.  For example, there are no “Vitamin C” fruits growing on trees; all fruits offer a spectrum of vitamins and minerals.  There are no “Calcium leaves” on vegetables; all vegetables have an assortment of minerals and phytochemicals that work synergistically to support human health.

Whole food sources provide a spectrum of abundant and synergistic elements that work together in the human body in ways that no scientist can truly comprehend nor replicate.  

Contemporary scientists have not yet identified the tip of the iceberg in the domain of phytochemicals, those microscopic elements found in fruits, vegetables and micro-algae, much less studied their combined effects in any detail.

All of us have been hearing about vitamins since we were small children.  Still today we hear authoritative sources say, “Be sure to take your vitamins!”  

But, today we have also proven that all the vitamins in the world do us little good without minerals!  Why do people continue taking them without minerals? 

Vitamins are a group of chemically unrelated organic nutrients; carbon, oxygen and hydrogen which are essential in small quantities for our normal metabolism, growth and well being. Vitamins must be obtained through diet since they are either not synthesized in our bodies or are synthesized in inadequate amounts. 

Minerals are very different from vitamins in their structure and the work they do.  According to Rodale’s Complete Book of Minerals for Health, minerals create a healthy environment in which the body, using vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats, can grow, function and heal itself. But for this working relationship to happen, both vitamins and minerals must be eaten together. Only then can we benefit from the harmonious synergistic power of vitamins and minerals.

(Recently, we often hear about the importance of enzymes and anti-oxidants. Enzymes are extremely important for our multitude of metabolic functions, but enzymes are really vitamins, so here again they do us little good without minerals. Conversely, some vitamins are helpmates to minerals. Some minerals are eager workers, but to perform at all they need a vitamin or two to stir them into action. For examples, vitamin C can significantly increase iron absorption, and calcium absorption is impossible without vitamin D.)

Metallic Minerals or Plant Minerals?

Plant minerals like those obtained from tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, oranges, etc., are different from metallic minerals. Their size and molecular weight is much smaller than that of metallic minerals. Thus the plant-based minerals are thus much easier to assimilate. Another argument for whole food nutrients! 

Furthermore, even if the vitamin supplement is of what some marketers call “natural source”, you will still have problems with bio-availability. For examples; vitamin C needs a certain amount of zinc to be absorbable, vitamin E requires at least some selenium to be absorbed, vitamins A, D, E and K require fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3,  and those fatty acids must occur in proper ratio between themselves! And so forth!  

When considering cellular nutrition, it is clear that for proper balance and synergy there are endless molecular requirements that can only be obtained with whole food base nutrition.

Why not get your nutrients from natural and whole food sources? All our nutritional requirements can be met with a varied diet of organic whole foods. And health-wise, there is a world of difference between synthetic and natural when you take into account energy units return per consumption, natural will always be more effective and cheaper in the short and the long run. 

Knowing what you now know, which would you choose; the food in the mirror … or the real thing?

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