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Ok, what’s my issue with synthetic vitamins?

Well…my problem is where these supposed “vitamins” come from.  Doesn’t it bother you or at least make you stop and think… why can’t I take them on an empty stomach? WHY? Because…THEY ARE CHEMICALS CREATED IN A LAB!!!! Yet some of you fearlessly consume them, believing in their goodness? It shocks me that people swallow hook, line and sinker, these synthetic industrialized chemicals that actually only mimic the molecular profile of a REAL vitamin.

Sorry to break it to you. Well, not sorry. In real life vitamins come from food sources with co-factors which work synergistically with the vitamin in order for the body to fully absorb and utilize the nutrients. . Whereas, synthetic “vitamins” literally make you sick to your stomach if you don’t take them with food. Why? Because your body has no idea what to do with them! They are not real food and are NOT easily recognized by the body system. In fact, the body uses up precious energy just trying to figure out where to put this thing that looks like a vitamin C but is actually a chemical impostor. So even if there is a benefit to the industrialized “vitamin,” your body has to work twice as hard to uncover it, let alone put it to use.

In Centrum and other national leading brands, the ingredient deck confounds me. The listed nutrients are not sourced from RECOGNIZABLE concentrated, dehydrated or fermented food but are fabricated “nutrients” chemically similar to actual nutrients found in food. And for safe measure they will throw in some fillers and excipients, such as talc- yep, as in the powder- to bulk up the “vitamin.” Not to mention artificial chemical dyes and the occasional chemical sugar…SUGARS! Sugars for a pill you generally gulp down without tasting?! Please explain.


An inactive substance that serves as the vehicle or medium for a drug or other active substance- things like coloring agents, preservatives, and fillers.


How to know if it’s Synthetic Vitamins?

Centrum Womens Vitamin

5 Steps according to Live Strong Foundation

Step 1

Search for words listed in the ingredients that begin with “dl.” When a word contains “dl” in the prefix, it is an indication that the vitamin is synthetic. As an example, “dl-alpha tocopherol acetate” and “dl-alpha tocopherol” are synthetic forms of vitamin E.

Step 2

Find words that end with “ate” or “ide” in the list of ingredients. These words indicate that the manufacturer used synthetic materials for increasing the vitamin’s potency and stability. Some words to look for include nitrate, acetate, sodium ascorbate, sodium benzoate, chloride, hydrochloride, silicon dioxide and titanium dioxide.

Step 3

Find the synthetic form of the vitamin listed under the ingredient list. Natural vitamins come from natural food sources. If you see the vitamin listed as the vitamin itself, such as “vitamin D,” then it is sure to be the synthetic version, according to Dr. Ben Kim, a Canadian chiropractor and radio show host. Look for food sources such as “citrus” instead of “vitamin C” or “parsley” instead of “vitamin K.”

Step 4

Identify the words “natural” on the vitamin bottle. If the bottle says, “100 percent natural” the vitamin supplement does not contain synthetics. On the other hand, a label that says, “natural,” might have at least some synthetic components. According to Earl Mindell’s “New Vitamin Bible,” only 10 percent of the product must come from natural food sources in order for a company to claim “natural” on the product’s label. If the product label does not say “100 percent animal-based” or “100 percent plant-based,” the supplement is synthetic.

Step 5

Look for the vitamin potency listed on the product’s label. According to the Organic Consumers Association, if the vitamin supplement has a high or otherwise unnatural potency, the product is synthetic. For example, a product that provides 1,000 percent of vitamin C is unusually high. This is ten times the amount you need daily, and an amount that even a healthy diet — consisting of natural, whole-food sources — cannot provide.

Here’s a list to avoid:

According to global healing

Vitamin A: Retinyl Palmitate

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin

Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

Vitamin B12: Cyanocobalamin

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 succinate

NOTE: The “dl” form of any vitamin is synthetic.

Other Toxic Ingredients to Avoid In Supplements

Magnesium stearate (or stearic acid)

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) disguised as “natural flavors”

Carnauba wax is used in car wax and shoe polish

Titanium dioxide is a carcinogen

What ‘s a good vitamin then?

Well, a plate of food is your best bet but when you can’t seem to find enough veggies then I would highly recommend 2 brands of whole foods sourced vitamins.

# 1 Garden of Life- a trusted name in the organic world!

All Garden of Life vitamins are made from real, whole foods with nutrients that your body is able to easily recognize.
– mykind Organics goodness includes multivitamins comprised of extracts and powders from over 30 organic fruits, veggies, and herbs such as kale, sea kelp, broccoli, parsley, ginger, alma berry, holy basil, and more.

#2 New Chapter- the difference is fermented!

We’re committed to using ingredients you can trust—like whole fruits, vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms. We source sustainably whenever possible, nourishing body and soul with the healing intelligence of pure whole foods and herbs. We’re also leading advocates of the non-GMO movement, with all of our multivitamins and many other supplements Non-GMO Project Verified.

The Price vs. The Cost

Ok so they aren’t cheap. But that’s just it… they aren’t cheap, as in, made from “cheap” synthetic ingredients. And like I said, your best bet is the actual organic broccoli on your plate but when you can’t or don’t get enough of the real deal the 2nd best option would be a WHOLE FOODS SOURCED vitamin. Not the cheaper brands, which may be priced affordably but are made in somebody’s lab and only designed to MIMIC a nutrient. You get what you pay for!

You will not find any filler or excipients in those 2 brands.I suppose they serve a purpose but not nutritionally. And the Garden of Life and New Chapter have proven that you don’t need talc to bulk up a vitamin.

The worst part is that the FDA doesn’t truly regulate dietary supplements for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. Meaning supplements can contain more or less nutrients than stated on the label. Or may contain substances not listed on the label. So it is up to YOU to know what you’re ingesting.

I hope this helps.

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