More than half of U.S. adults take one or more supplements daily. If you’re looking for a multivitamin to support overall health, protein powders to support a fitness goal, natural herbal alternatives to over the counter remedies, or targeted nutrients that address specific health concerns… there is a seemingly endless array of options available.
How do you choose the right supplements for you?
Synthetic vs Whole Food Supplements
Vitamins and supplements typically come in one of two forms: synthetic isolated nutrients, or whole food supplements.
If you look at the ingredients listed on the label of most bottles of vitamin C, you will likely find that the supplements are made from ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is an isolated nutrient that is a part of vitamin C, but it is only that: a single nutrient.
But other vitamin C supplements may list ingredients such as rose hips, camu camu, or acerola cherry -- all of which are foods naturally containing high levels of vitamin C. These are known as whole-food supplements.
Whole-food supplements: Supplements made from concentrated whole foods instead of isolated nutrients.
Whole food supplements provide nutrients in the same “package” as you would find them in real food. That means you get all of the naturally occurring vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, and other co-factors that are present in a whole food.
If the supplement is a high quality one that has been processed gently and at low temperatures, these natural nutrients and cofactors are able to nourish your body just as if you had consumed a fresh fruit or vegetable.
Our ancestors didn’t go to a tree and pick off ascorbic acid; they choose a ripe, plump citrus fruit. Your body is used to receiving nutrients from whole foods, and it better absorbs and utilizes whole food nutrition than isolated nutrients.
The Benefits of Organic Supplements
If you choose organic foods for yourself or your family, then you probably already know that those foods are grown and processed in a way that reduces your exposure to chemical pesticides, artificial additives, and other agricultural chemicals. Organic whole food supplements and vitamins must adhere to the same standards if they want to receive the USDA certified organic label.
Conventionally grown (non-organic) produce in the U.S. is often contaminated by organophosphate insecticides. Exposure to this and other agricultural pesticides can be particularly harmful to children, who have unique susceptibilities to their potential toxicity.
Organic, whole-food supplements:
- Whole-food nutrients are better absorbed and utilized by the body.
- Organic whole-food nutrients reduce your risk of exposure to toxic chemicals.
If you’re looking for a supplement in order to maintain or improve your health, nourish your body, and help you achieve your goal of radiant health, then the quality of your supplements matters. Organic supplements such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and other health supporting nutrients made from whole foods are the right choice for your journey towards radiant health.