Most Vitamin Supplements are merely a laundry list of vitamin isolates the FDA has determined to be necessary for fundamental human health. Isolated vitamins are not enough. If a vitamin, mineral or antioxidant is to be truly effective it must be released from a state as close to its original matrix of origin as possible. For example the vitamin E (Alpha tocopherol) found in most supplements is a fraction of the E found in food. Food E is actually a mix of 8 fat-soluble tocopherols and tocotrienol compounds called alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols and alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocotrienols. What the FDA allows as vitamin E on some supplements facts box is almost always a single synthetic alpha tocopherol, usually manufactured out of petroleum, turpentine, sugar and artificial preservatives. Regardless of what the FDA says, alpha tocopherol is a woefully incomplete source of E.
Moreover, dosing with high levels of isolated alpha tocopherol can actually inhibit the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of some of the other tocopherols. For instance alpha tocopherol doesn’t address oxidation from environmental sources like car exhaust or prostate issues. The RDA for vitamin E is about 15 mgs per day for adults but what’s tricky is that adults tend to eat foods rich in vitamin E in smaller amounts. Hence, the best way to supplement with a complete E is via naturally complete food concentrates such as those found in our Omega, Vegetable, and Green blends. More about those later.
Speaking of beta carotene, in some cases dosing with synthetic vitamins separated from their natural food source can even be dangerous. The carotene antioxidants are a glaring example. Beta carotene in its natural form— a carrot—is anti-cancerous. But, once beta carotene has been removed from its carrot and dosed in concentrated form as a pure isolate it is pro-cancerous. Yet beta carotene is readily available on the shelves of “health food stores”. I use the term ironically. Asparagus food concentrate is a better source of vitamin A. By the way, please be mindful of the fact that high doses of synthetic vitamin A analogues can cause “hypervitaminosis” a condition which inhibits the absorption of other vitamins.
Food vitamin concentrates also possess infinitesimal co- factors that in some cases have yet to be identified. They are little invisible micro elements like enzymes, trace minerals, electrolytes, antioxidants from the soil and sea. The following is a list of the groups of concentrated natural food supplements in our Multi as well as the co- factors that research has identified.Learn about all the different concentrates, healthy blends, and more