Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamins
When I was a child, I was told to take my vitamins if I wanted to be healthy. Isn’t this what we have all been told by our parents and the media? What if I told you that it is a lie? Would you believe me? What if I told you that not only are vitamins not helping you, but they are probably hurting you. At this point you are probably thinking, “This guy is crazy”, and “Hey Dr. Peter don’t you sell a lot of vitamins”? “Aren’t you being a hypocrite”? Well, my reply to that is, “yes I am crazy” (all chiropractors are), but just because I’m crazy doesn’t mean I’m not right.
Vitamins are extremely complex organic substances needed by the body in small amounts, and are essential for human life. The body is not capable of producing vitamins and an absence of these substances will cause the body to fall into a state of disrepair and eventually disease.
Several recent studies have indicated that many of the vitamins we have been taking may have no therapeutic effect. That means they don’t work. I am not sure why this is such a great revelation because Dr. Royal Lee, the founder of Standard Process Vitamins has been saying this since 1940.
To understand why our vitamins are not working for us, we have to realize that the vitamins being sold at the store are synthetic fractions that barely resemble the vitamin complexes nature has provided for us in real food.
WHY NATURAL VITAMINS WORK
Living natural vitamin complexes are colloidal (gelatinous), protein in nature, and have enzymes and/or coenzymes. Pasteurization (high heat) destroys enzymes thereby destroying the vitamin complex.
Synthetic fractionated crystalline chemically pure vitamins have been separated from their protein components. This destroys all biological function.
Natural Vitamin complexes contain trace minerals. Synthetics do not. Without these minerals, the vitamins are never activated and function ceases.
Because you may still be eating real food, a certain amount of the co-factors necessary to make vitamins function exists as a pool within the body. When you take synthetic vitamins your body tries to activate them by drawing on this pool. The problem with this is that the pool is soon depleted of co-factors. By depleting your body of these co-factors you have now caused exactly what you were trying to prevent in the first place, an acute nutritional deficiency. That’s right, synthetic vitamins cause nutritional deficiencies!
When Vitamins are synthesized in a lab, you get molecules that are mirror images of each other. They have identical chemical characteristics (the same number of atoms), but differ from each other in configuration. A good analogy would be if I placed both of my hands together. They look the same, but are really mirror images of each other. Chemists call these enantiomers. So why is this important? Well, your body only recognizes one form. This means that as much as 50% of the synthetic vitamins you are taking have no therapeutic effect, and in many cases may actually be causing harm to the body. Not only is your body unable to use these enantiomers, but it now has to process it like it would any other toxic chemical in your body. This is why enantiomers have been dubbed the “Evil Twin”.
Natural Vitamins are synergistic complexes. For instance, what the pharmaceutical companies are calling Vitamin A is really just retinol. Sometimes you will see that they may have included the pro-vitamin beta carotene. But, Vitamin A is actually a whole family of compounds, including retinol, retinal, retinoids, carotenes, and carotenoids. It is important to note that these compounds are always found with their synergists, which include, essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Enzymes, minerals, and trace minerals. Where does one end and the other begin? It is foolish to separate these things. When you buy a bottle of Alpha tocopherol, a bottle of selenium, and a bottle of Co Q 10, you are really just purchasing some of the components that make up the natural Vitamin E complex. Crazy huh? Wouldn’t it just be easier to eat foods rich in vitamin E, or take a whole food vitamin E complex?
So, if the vitamins I have been taking for the last 20 years are, at best, not helping me, and at worst actually harming me what should I do now? The first thing you can do is eat well. Organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables are the best source of real vitamin complexes. Also, add organ meats to your diet. When was the last time you ate liver or heart or lung? I guarantee your ancestors did and they thrived.
If your diet is deficient in these things, you may need help. I would recommend the whole food concentrates from Standard Process. They have their own farms where everything is grown organically. They take that food and then concentrate it to a clinical potency, never heating it above 70 degrees, thereby preserving the enzymes. Their formulations have been tested and used clinically by hundreds of thousands of people for over 90 years. I do not know any other Vitamin company that can even come close to that claim.
If you think what I am saying makes sense and want to get started you can call the office for a nutritional evaluation. It takes about an hour and allows me to develop a clinical based nutritional protocol designed specifically to meet your needs. I would be happy to help you with this.
If a clinical based protocol is not your cup of tea, and you just want a few suggestions to cover the basics you are undoubtedly missing in your diet I would recommend the following:
Catalyn. This is Dr. Royal Lee’s original multivitamin and trace mineral product. It contains all the vitamins known and unknown. It is cold processed, so it still maintains all its enzyme function. We now offer it in a gluten free form.
Cardio-Plus. This vitamin is rich in vitamins that heal the heart. Although it is specific to the heart, it supports nerves, muscles, and overall cardiac maintenance.
Min-Tran. This is a mild natural calmative, helping establish balanced function of the nervous system. It is a source of alkaline ash minerals, calcium lactate, and kelp.
Chlorophyll. This is a fat-soluble organic complex rich in Vitamins A/K/E/F, and a source of magnesium, iron, potassium, trace minerals, and lecithin.
Although I take several different vitamins, the above program is the basic program I follow to stay healthy.