Debunking the Vitamin Myth: Healthy or Hazardous
by Diane Irving
Popular over-the-counter vitamin brands contain unsettling chemical ingredients without consumers’ knowledge. It’s hard to get all the nutrients we need from our diet, so we strive to be healthy and buy vitamins to get the right daily dose. Taking supplements is supposed to help restore health in our bodies, but is it doing more harm than good? To debunk a common myth among consumers, vitamins aren’t always restorative to health or vitality.
In an article called “Why most vitamins and supplements will destroy your health,” by Justin Zalewski, a surprising statement was made that the “pharmaceutical industry are the main manufacturers of vitamins.” Mass production of prescription drugs by the pharmaceutical industry typically contain synthetic ingredients in their formulas. The same can be said for vitamin production. Even if the label says the product is natural, buyers should be aware of misleading information. Zalewski clarifies, “Natural means nothing whenever it comes to supplements, as they only have to use 10% of natural ingredients.” In another article called “The Truth About Vitamins In Nutritional Supplements,” by Dr. Robert Thiel, he states that, “Vitamins found in any real food are chemically and structurally different from those commonly found in ‘natural vitamin’ formulas.” He reveals several important revelations about vitamins including the discovery that they contain unnatural sugars and types of petroleum.
Decode Cryptic Vitamin Labels
Learning to decode labels is the best weapon against purchasing the wrong product. Look for 100% natural or organic whole food vitamins for a better alternative. If the letters dl are listed in front of an ingredient, the additive is synthetic. Harmful ingredients are used to increase potency, which is legally required of supplements. They also have to have a guaranteed shelf life, which is why chemicals are used to sustain the life of a product.
Synthetic vitamins don’t provide the same health benefits as organic. Synthetic can’t restore all the deficiencies our bodies suffer from. Restoring deficiencies can help prevent disease and help us feel more energetic. Without completely natural ingredients, the body may not respond to the vitamin the same way and could even react negatively to the chemicals. Eventually, this may lead to more health problems.
Harmful Vitamins to Avoid
Vitamin and food labels will claim they contain certain vitamins. However, if the following ingredients are on the label, they aren’t all natural. Check the label for harmful additives to avoid potential risk of toxic chemicals. Zalewski provides a helpful list in identifying harmful synthetic vitamins to avoid:
Vitamin A: Acetate and Palmitate
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin
Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid
Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid
Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinat
Nutritional vitamins are supposed to help heal the body. However, when they’re interwoven with chemicals and the compounding process, what’s left is less than healthy. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) published an article called “Vitamin Poisoning: Are We Destroying Our Health with Hi-Potency Synthetic Vitamins,” by Ori Hofmekler In the article he states that “with immuno-deficiency diseases, supplementation regiments have shown to be helpful in relieving symptoms similar to drug administration. What we haven’t been told is that in large dosages, as commonly prescribed by physicians or recommended by manufacturers, vitamins can become overwhelmingly toxic, and the same vitamin treatment that potentially benefits sick individuals may actually devastate healthy individuals.”
Debunking common myths about vitamin health is so important in order to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Be smart about your choices or chose to obtain vitamins the natural way – through 100% organic foods. Dr. Marone has access to organic vitamins and can provide patients with the right ones to help you avoid any deficiencies.
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*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional. Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.