About Organic Vitamins...
There is a Difference
From the January Issue of: To
Your Health Magazine
you think there’s no difference between one
vitamin supplement and the next, think again.
By Dr. Richard Drucker
is nothing more valuable than your health and wellness –
nothing. No matter how much you love your spouse, house, car, career,
leisure activities, etc., your health and wellness are the most
commodities you have. Without your health, nothing else matters.
So, why do so many people simply buy whatever
vitamin is on the shelf at the grocery or drug store, without
is the best? If your health is the top priority, why would you settle
whatever is cheapest, easiest or fastest? You wouldn’t consider using
oil in your car. Then why buy a multivitamin with unknown effectiveness?
Eating “right” isn’t enough
You try to eat pretty healthy. You exercise.
You take a daily vitamin purchased from the grocery store. All your
covered, right? Wrong.
Eating healthy falls short of “covering your
bases” when it comes to nutrition. Minerals are responsible for more
biochemical, life-sustaining reactions in the human body. However,
not found in the same abundance today as they used to be, due to the
agricultural procedures practiced over the past several decades. Thus,
eating a well-balanced diet no longer adequately supplies
minerals. Your health and wellness are at risk unless you replace the
that have been diminished in our foods.
According to two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus
Pauling, “Every ailment, every sickness and every disease can be traced
organic mineral deficiency.” You must ingest the appropriate amount and
of minerals or you will be vulnerable to illness and disease. People
getting the proper organically complexed (carbon bound) trace minerals
nutrients to provide homeostasis (body balance) as nature intended.
to the latest research, the body is imbalanced when it is deficient in
organically bound trace minerals. This causes disease, which can then
in the body with disastrous results.
Dr. Donald Davis, biochemist at the University
of the 13 major nutrients found in fruits and vegetables, six have
substantially over the years. He used 2006 data from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture
to determine there are dramatically lower (as much as 38 percent lower)
of protein, calcium, vitamin C, phosphorus, iron and riboflavin in
produce as compared with produce from past decades.
The reason became apparent to Dr. Davis when he
discovered that farmers had to drive up profits by using the latest
to increase crop production. Faster-grown produce does not have as much
develop vital nutrients.
Farmers are paid by the weight of a crop, not
by the amount of nutrients. Dr. Davis calls this the “dilution effect”
fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S.
become larger and more plentiful, they provide fewer essential
vitamins and life-giving minerals. It’s a simple inverse relationship:
higher the yield, the lower the nutrients. Slower-growing crops have
to absorb nutrients from the sun and the soil. When carbon-bound,
complexed nutrients, including minerals and trace minerals, in our
lacking, everyone’s health suffers.
than 300 biochemical,
reactions in the human
minerals are not found in
abundance today as they
used to be.
Cronin, at the Center for Science in the Public Interest,
concluded that scientists and the USDA often overlook farming
“Breeding plants to improve crop yield at the expense of all other
to be the problem, as well as depleting the soil and not rotating crops
properly.” Researchers have discovered that since the mid-1930s, our
become progressively depleted of critical organic complexes,
and muco-polysaccharides, and other naturally occurring microbes and
organisms. Moreover, the steady addition of toxic chemicals,
pesticides, etc., has triggered long-term soil imbalances, leading to
inability to neutralize the toxic chemicals and re-create new organic
and other critical minerals and nutrients. Thus, our foods have become
with inorganic, toxic chemicals in place of naturally occurring,
complexed minerals and nutrients. Again, who suffers? We all do.
For example, research clearly shows that the
larger the yield of wheat, the lower the nutrients. According to
though amounts of nutrients have declined, fruits and vegetables are
richest source of protective nutrients, much better than eating highly
foods such as white flour, sugars, and fatty foods.”
So, we need to supplement.
What’s wrong with an off-the-shelf
We have been eating junk foods and highly
processed produce that is grossly deficient in organically complexed
especially organic minerals. It’s no wonder we are a nation of
people with the highest health costs on the planet. While we spend more
any nation on earth on health care, we are among the least healthy
modern nations. Why? It’s not for lack of spending money on our health
In her book Tired or Toxic?, Sherry A. Rogers,
MD, states: “So food processing has a seriously silent and epidemic
our lives. For example, vitamin E has been removed from most grocery
and flours. Exposures to various pesticides and chemicals can cause
symptoms, which actually mimic Alzheimer’s. The brain is more
attack by these when vitamin E is not standing guard at the cell
Vitamin E is necessary to prevent Alzheimer’s.”
Dr. Rogers goes on to say, “To compound our
problem of declining nutrient status in this century, nutritional
not readily recognized because of many reasons: (1) there is not
interest in it
because it is a non-prescription item, so the physician has no power
use; and (2) pharmaceutical companies cannot patent the products to
profit. Therefore, there is little interest in nutritional therapies,
there money for research. In reality, a single deficiency (because it’s
in a variety of enzymes) can manifest as a variety of symptoms.”
THE HIGH COST
OF GOOD HEALTH
organic supplements may cost
more than their generic
ultimately a better investment for your health.
According to Dr. Rogers, if the body is
deficient in some nutrient or substance in an area of the body, it will
Peter to pay Paul.” In other words, it will steal whatever it needs
place to put it somewhere else. She calls this “auto-cannibalism.” And
results are disastrous.
Our soils are depleted and depleted soils do
not produce healthy, nutrient-rich plants. It’s also a fact that crops
in depleted soils are more prone to the invasion of insects, viruses,
etc. It’s important to recognize that insects and infectious organisms
designed to get rid of unhealthy vegetation, and they typically do not
truly healthy plants. Our industrialized (high-tech) methods of farming
not only depleted our soils, but also have created a vicious cycle,
requires pesticides to protect the unhealthy crops grown in depleted
who suffers? We all do!
Since we are not consistently receiving
life-giving, life-sustaining, organically bound carbon in either our
sources or in our nutritional supplements, what are we to do?
Go organic as much as possible.
First, as much as possible, we must be diligent
in purchasing foods that are certified organically grown. However, that
always feasible for the consumer and, in fact, is not enough.
Second, we must eliminate from our diet the
processed and synthetic foods that are so prevalent. Even then, there
a lack of nutritional completeness – hence the need for proper
We must be certain that the ingredients in the
nutritional supplement we choose are of the highest quality and are
ultra-hypoallergenic (non-allergenic). They must not contain
inorganic and inert (dead/synthetic/toxic) substances, as well as the
following: colloids, fat, cholesterol, wheat (gluten), corn, yeast,
eggs, nuts, caffeine, shellfish, animal products, artificial colors,
additives, preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides,
chemicals, binders, fillers, coatings, excipients, flow agents,
So, what kind of a multivitamin should it be?
And how much should you expect to spend to get a good-quality
Let’s start with the different types of
vitamins on the market. Just look at the myriad of choices at your
grocery store, pharmacy, vitamin or health food store. How do you sort
all the marketing and packaging to be sure you are putting the right
in your system? Four basic kinds of vitamins are sold today: natural,
organic and carbon-bond organic.
have developed synthetic vitamins that are cheap to manufacture. They
the same in their atomic structure when compared to vitamins derived
plants and other sources. However, they can be distinguished in the
Similar to looking at your hand in a mirror, you see what looks like
but in reality, it’s not your hand. In fact, it’s the exact opposite!
of Americans are taking vitamins that are synthetically manufactured.
result, they unknowingly might be auto-intoxicating themselves because
does not process synthetics well, if at all. These synthetic elements
end up in
extracellular spaces, interstitial fluids and fatty tissue, where they
potentially causing toxicity and chronic disease.
Synthetic vitamins are known to be less
bioavailable (therefore, less effective) than naturally occurring
is significantly easier for the body to utilize natural vitamins. For
natural vitamin E (i.e., d-alpha-tocopherol) is retained by a 2:1 ratio
the synthetic form (i.e., dl-alpha-tocopherol). Natural vitamin E might
two to three times more, but it’s twice as effective.
Since synthetic vitamins and chemical nutrients
are designed for cost purposes, they are created from plentiful and
sources, not from whole foods or plant matter. They are the cheapest
supplements to be found. Therefore, you should avoid the lowest-cost
supplements on the shelf.
comparing two supplements, it’s often difficult to determine the
between synthetic and natural vitamins. However, some define a
vitamin as a concentrated nutrient derived from a quality natural
maximum retention of the natural material; no artificial colors,
preservatives should be used.
A vitamin derived from a natural source often
contains co-factors that come with the nutrient in nature. For
co-factors often associated with vitamin C are bio-flavonoids. These
important to health, as they are present in the vitamin C you derive
eating an orange. Supplements should mimic good nutrition from natural
foods. That’s why it’s important to read labels and determine the
Natural supplements cost more
but they’re worth it.
two types of organic supplements found in the market. The “grocery
definition of organic is whole-food-derived nutrients minus the
pesticides and herbicides; manufactured from ingredients that are
certified organic. These supplements, if in tablet form, also
suffer less-than-optimal absorption due to the technology used to press
into tablets. The “scientific” definition of “organic” is
belonging to the class of chemical compounds having a living carbon
carbon-based organic supplement has living carbon wrapped around its
These supplements must be cold-processed to preserve the living matter
product. These nutritional supplements take the longest to manufacture
derive the maximum nutritional benefit, with no known risks or side
Both types of organic supplements carry
significantly higher prices due to higher costs of production and
ingredients. However, according to Randy Miles, CN, co-owner of three
food stores in Texas,
it’s worth the cost. “Organically bound supplements with living
carbon often cost 50% more, but customers who are knowledgeable about
and health are definitely willing to pay.”
You can find the best source of minerals and
supplements. Ask your health care professional. Look for organically
(carbon bound) supplements derived from whole foods, minimally
made from the highest quality ingredients. Avoid preservatives,
binders, as they are potentially harmful to the body. It’s better to
supplement at all than to take a poor one.
Good health ultimately is worth the price.
There is no more important investment you can make.
Questions To Ask Your
how do you sort through all the noise to select the best
products? Here’s a simple list of questions you can ask:
1. Does the product contain any binders, fillers,
coatings, excipients or flow agents? These are synthetic and possibly
Richard Drucker has
performed concentrated research and work in the natural health and
nutraceutical fields for more than 15 years. He is CEO and chief
of a manufacturer/distributor of nutritional supplements
2. Does the product contain preservatives?
Potassium sorbate and
sodium benzoate are potentially harmful/toxic.
3. Is this product heat-processed? Heat can kill
enzymes, co-factors and nutrients.
4. Are there minerals present? Minerals are
required to catalyze
the vitamins. You need more than 70 different minerals daily. Stay away
colloidal minerals (inorganic/toxic minerals). Carbon-based organic
appear to be the safest and most effective.
5. Does the product contain ascorbic acid? This is
6. Does the product contain synthetic vitamin E?
This sometimes is
called dl-alpha-tocopherol, as opposed to d-alpha-tocopherol, which
7. Are there any artificial flavors, colors,
preservatives, synthetics, etc., in the product? Does it
wheat (gluten), corn, yeast, soy, dairy, nuts, animal products, etc.?
8. Is the product ultra-hypoallergenic
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