There are many named diets out there, and they all have something in common, a fact that has never been argued by anyone: raw honey is better for you than white sugar and brown rice is better for you than bread or pasta.
Translation: real wholesome food is better for you than a processed robbed form of it, which has been stripped of all the extra nutrients they naturally come with.
Nutrition from Real Food
Why should it be any different for vitamins? Why do you shop for and take a bag full of isolated, refined vitamins?
Just like refined foods, these refined vitamins have been robbed of all of the extra accessory nutrients that they naturally come with as well. In turn, like refined foods, they can create numerous problems and imbalances in your body if taken at high levels for long periods of time. They can also act more like drugs in your body, forcing themselves down one pathway or another. Isolated nutrients synthetically recreated in a lab do not have the same value as those found in real foods. In short: Science cannot create life. Only life can create life. And, because most nutrients are isolated from the foods they come in — using a wide array of potentially nasty solvents and other chemicals — taking high amounts of these products can also expose you to these potentially toxic chemicals, if care is not taken to remove them. With the burden we are already facing from the high number of chemicals in our environment, why would anyone want to add more?
Whole Food Supplements
Whole food supplements are what their name suggests: Supplements made from real, concentrated whole foods. The vitamins found within these supplements are not isolated. They are highly complex structures that combine a variety of enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, trace elements, activators and many other factors all working together synergistically, to enable this vitamin complex to do its job in your body. Nutrients from within this complex cannot be taken apart or isolated from the whole, thus have the highest potency in your body.
How do you tell whether or not a supplement you’re looking at is a good choice? For starters, make sure it has the following characteristics:
It is made with real food, preferably organic. Read the ingredients list! It should read items like: kale, mushrooms, alfalfa, spleen, carrot, etc…All words you can pronounce!
The utmost care has been taken in all phases of its production, from growing its ingredients, to manufacturing, testing for potency and quality control.
The company has a long track record of providing high quality products that produce good clinical results.
As a nutritionist, I get bombarded with reps from company X, Y, Z, who want me to endorse their brand of supplements because it is “the greatest of all”. Translation: they are a lot of “#1s in America” today! My killer 3 questions to them are always:
1) are these whole foods?
2) are they organic?
3) how long have they been in business? (I want 15 years or more of proven records).
If they don’t meet ALL these criteria, I won’t event take a look and my answer is: “Thanks, but no thanks”.
Not sure if your supplements pass the test? Call me at 727-239-9443 or e-mail me at
isabelle@sSimonWellnessConsulting.com and I can help you figure out the answer.
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner