Archive for February, 2012

Fish, measuring the good and the bad

Seafood is a source of long-chained omega-3 fats that our bodies need. Seafood is also a good source of iodine and vitamin D. Yet despite these important nutrients, we are advised to limit how much fish we eat. Most of the advice we get on whether and how to limit our seafood choices is simply based on mercury measurements. The FDA and EPA recommendations that we eat 6-12 ounces of seafood each week while avoiding four species of fish (shark, Continue reading 

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—Kelly Hall

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Nutritional Supplementation….

Robert Brauer, MBA, NTP

It is a myth that we get all the vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, and other unknown factors needed on a daily basis in our diets. Our foods lose essential nutrients at every step of the process from their growth to our dining tables. It starts with the nutrient-depleted soils in which the crops are grown, then the loss accelerates during food shipping, processing, storage, and finally, cooking.

Even if we ate a balanced diet, our food has less nutrition to begin with because it is raised using synthetic chemicals, and then it is stored and processed to within an inch of its life. Literally!

So supplementing our diet with vitamins and mineral is a good idea. It is a good way to makeup nutrients missing in the soil and to makeup for lost nutrients in the processing and handling of our food. And, it is a good way to pay back the nutritional debt that most of us have acquired from a deficient diet and stressful lifestyle.

Once we decide that taking some form of vitamin and mineral supplement is a good idea; we face another problem and that is what form of supplement to take. First, you should know that not all supplements are created equal. We have been led to believe that our bodies do not know the difference between vitamins synthesized in a laboratory and vitamins that occur naturally in fruits and vegetables. This simply is not true.

You will find three types of vitamins sold today: first, natural whole food supplements, second, fractionated vitamins, and third, synthetic vitamins.

Whole food supplements come from whole foods and the foods they come from are usually printed on the label. They are obtained by taking a vitamin-rich plant, removing the water and fiber in a cold vacuum process, free of chemicals, and then packaged for stability. Temperatures above 112 degrees start to destroy the enzymes that are important to the vital life force of food and the supplements made from it.

Fractionated vitamins start with whole food but the food is processed under high heat, solvents and chemical distillation processes. These processes destroy almost all of the enzymes, antioxidants, trace elements and other factors that are needed for your body to use these vitamins. These processes actually can cause vitamin deficiencies even though that is why we take them, to alleviate vitamin deficiencies. Companies that make fractionated vitamins claim that their products come from whole foods, which is true, but as you now know most of the nutrients in the food have been destroyed in the processing.

Synthetic vitamins are created in a chemist’s lab. They take chemicals and duplicate the molecular structure of a nutrient found in nature. There are some problems with this process. First, a single nutrient is not the whole vitamin complex from which it was derived. For example, synthetic vitamin C is usually labeled as ascorbic acid and most people consider this to be the real vitamin C found in whole foods, but this is not so. The isolated nutrient, in this case, ascorbic acid, is not the vitamin C complex that is found in nature. The vitamin C complex in nature contains, in addition to ascorbic acid: rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, factor P, tyrosinase, ascorbinogen, and other nutrients; some known and some unknown, synergistically packaged in a way that is readily recognized by our bodies.

This is not the case with synthetic vitamins. In fact scientific studies have shown that naturally occurring nutrients have a right-hand spin at a molecular level whereas synthetic vitamins have a left-hand spin. Try as they may chemists have not found a way to duplicate nature in this regard. Quite simply, our bodies do not recognize synthetic vitamins and treats them as toxins. Your body naturally tries to eliminate toxins but it takes nutrients and energy to do this. So, by taking large doses of a part of the vitamin C complex, like ascorbic acid, instead of making up for lost nutrients, the body expends more energy to rid the body of a substance that was intended to help it.

The human body cannot use a synthetic vitamin as it can natural vitamin complexes, which easily find their way into cells and tissues of the body. Instead, a synthetic vitamin has a drug-like effect in the body, it masks or covers over symptoms, but does not alleviate a nutritional need.   

Please beware that the vitamin industry is dominated by six pharmaceutical companies that produce about 97% of all materials for the synthetic vitamins we find on store shelves. These vitamins are made from coal tars and use artificial colorings, preservatives, coating materials, and other additives.

Whole food supplements from food sources that are properly prepared preserve the vital “lifeforce” of the original food that synthetic vitamins cannot duplicate. This lifeforce is the synergy of nature, and synthetic vitamins lack this capacity. 


Concluding remarks:

Living things can be produced only from living things, never from non-living matter. Chemically pure, refined, fractionated, and synthetic vitamins are dead, inert materials, non-perishable, and devoid of enzymes. Natural foods contain live vitamins, organic minerals, enzymes, and other vital, functional, alive, components, all organized by the sun, water, and living soil. Whole food supplements preserve this natural organization and are therefore the only vitamin supplement that truly supports and revitalizes the body.

By: Robert Brauer, MBA, NTP @

This article is copyrighted© Self Health Essentials LLC 2012, but you have my permission to share it through any medium as long as the proper credit line is included.




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