Take a bite out of this: Did you know that it is necessary to eat three apples today to get the equal nutritional content to one apple that our grandparents would have eaten? This is why supplements are necessary to enhance our nutrition beyond eating healthy whole foods. But even with supplements you can find synthetics that you may want to avoid.
Supplements that list nutrients individually, such as vitamin C, or use chemical names like ascorbic acid, are almost certainly synthetic and manufactured with chemicals designed to emulate the way natural vitamins act in our body. Synthetic supplements lack necessary cofactors, which are substances essential to activate the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Proper absorption is your desired result, which you will not achieve with synthetic supplements.
Whole Foods Vitamins
Whole food supplements provide nutrients typically close as possible to how they would be found when harvested. They are often created through fermentation, and the manufacturing of the supplements does not destroy or denature the valuable nutrients. Often, whole-foods based supplements include highly-concentrated, dehydrated sources of fruits and vegetables. Most sources are organic and are prepared through drying, fermenting, chopping or juicing making them easier for the body to absorb.
What to Look for When Shopping for Supplements:
You must read labels on supplements carefully. There are many factors to consider but here are some indicators on supplement bottles to decipher between some synthetic and whole foods ingredients: